The Deadliest Art: The Best of Martial Artsby DougWonnacott | created - 29 Jul 2015 | updated - 04 Oct 2015 | Public
Possibly the most entertaining martial arts film I've ever see. Recently released for the first time on DVD in the UK.
Before the internet existed, I used this film as guide to what Martial Arts films to try and find on video.
It's presented and narrated by John Saxon and also features interviews with Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Cynthia Rothrock, Richard Norton, Keith Cooke and Robert Clouse.
I've listed all the films featured in the excellent 1992 documentary The Deadliest Art: The Best of Martial Arts. I've also listed the fights/scenes used in the film. If the clip is used in the opening montage I'll put (OM) next to it.
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2. Fist of Fury (1972)
R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Romance
A young man seeks vengence for the death of his teacher.
Bruce Lee Vs Henchmen in Dojo (OM) Bruce Lee Vs Riki Hashimoto
3. The Millionaires' Express (1986)
PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Comedy, Western
Multi-genre flick (western, martial arts, comedy, adventure, etc.) with an all-star cast about a man who returns to his home town, buys everything in sight, and tries to improve its ... See full summary »
Yukari Oshima (with sword) Vs Henchmen (OM) Yuen Biao Vs Dick Wei (OM) Sammo Hung Vs Cynthia Rothrock Richard Norton Vs Yasuaki Kurata Sammo Hung (with double sticks) Vs Henchmen
4. No Retreat, No Surrender (1986)
PG | 85 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Jason, a Bruce Lee fan, sees his karate instructor/dad beaten by martial art thugs. They move to Seattle where, after humiliations, he trains with Bruce Lee's ghost so he can defend himself and others against thugs.
Votes: 14,352 | Gross: $4.66M
Jean Claude Van Damme Vs Dale Jacoby (OM) Jean Claude Van Damme Vs Peter Cunningham Jean Claude Van Damme Vs Ron Pohnel
5. China O'Brien (1990)
R | 86 min | Action
A police woman, expert and instructor in martial arts, leaves the city to stay with her dad, sheriff in a town with peace and quiet - or so she thinks. She gets plenty opportunities to show her martial arts skills.
Keith Cooke Vs Henchmen (OM) Cynthia Rothrock Vs Henchmen (OM) Cynthia Rothrock (with staff) Vs Henchmen Richard Norton Vs Henchmen Richard Norton (with staff) Vs Henchmen
6. Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Stars (1985)
TV-14 | 105 min | Action, Comedy
5 HK cops (4 horny males) on vacation in Pattaya, Thailand, are told to contact an informant there but he gets murdered. They return to Hong Kong to contact his girlfriend and protect her. 3 other colleagues are busy fighting criminals.
Sammo Hung Vs Transgendered Henchwomen (OM) Sammo Hung Vs Richard Norton (OM) Sammo Hung (with two tennis rackets) Vs Yasuaki Kurata (with double sai daggers) Yuen Biao Vs Philip Ko & henchmen
7. Armour of God (1986)
R | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Asian Hawk (Jackie Chan) and his bumbling sidekick are sent on a quest through Europe to find a mysterious treasure held by a shadowy organization of monks.
Jackie Chan Vs henchmonks (cave monastery) (OM) Jackie Chan Vs Four Amazons (Linda Denley, Vivian Wickliffe, Alicia Shonte & Marcia Chisholm)
8. Duel to the Death (1983)
R | 86 min | Action, Drama
The best sword master from China vs the best sword master from Japan. Who will win?
All scenes are Wuxia sword fights: Casanova Wong Vs Flying Ninjas (on the beach) (OM) Damian Lau Vs Norman Chu (cliff top) (OM) Japanese children practising Kendo Damian Lau (with Flora Cheung) Vs Paul Chang Norman Chu Vs Eddie Ko & Ninjas (river & forest) Damian Lau & Flora Cheung Vs Ninjas (on the beach) The instrumental theme music is used over the closing credits
9. Righting Wrongs (1986)
Not Rated | 85 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Yuen Biao plays Jason Chan a lawyer, angry at the way the law seems to protect the bad guys, he decides to take the law into his own hands when a key witness and his entire family are ... See full summary »
Cynthia Rothrock Vs Karen Shepherd (OM) Yuen Biao Vs Peter Cunningham (OM) Yuen Biao Vs Cynthia Rothrock
10. Eastern Condors (1987)
R | 93 min | Action, Drama, War
An action film about a daring commando raid into Vietnam to destroy a munitions dump left behind by American marines.
Joyce Godenzi (with knife) Vs Henchmen (OM) Sammo Hung Vs Yuen Wah
11. Enter the Dragon (1973)
R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover.
Votes: 89,836 | Gross: $25.00M
Bruce Lee (unarmed and with staff, double sticks & Nunchaku) Vs Henchmen in warehouse/cave (OM) Theme music is used over opening montage
12. Dragons Forever (1988)
TV-14 | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Romance
Three successful Hong Kong lawyers are hired by a chemical company of questionable ethics and must eventually make a difficult decision when their employer's motives become clear.
Jackie Chan Vs Benny 'The Jet' Urquidez (& Yuen Wah) (OM) Jackie Chan Vs Sammo Hung Vs Yuen Biao (OM) Jackie Chan Vs Henchmen (on a boat) Yuen Biao Vs Henchmen (in a warehouse)
13. The Young Master (1980)
PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
After failing his fellow students in a Lion Dance competition, Dragon (Jackie Chan) is sent away from his school in disgrace, on the condition that he must find his errant brother. Much ... See full summary »
Whang In Sik Vs henchmen (OM) Kung Fu Class
14. My Lucky Stars (1985)
PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Muscles, cop from Hong Kong, is in Japan chasing a bad HK cop. His cop partner gets taken by the ninja gang. Muscles gets his 5 old no-good friends from the orphanage to help find the bad cop. Lots of comedy and kung-fu fighting follows.
Sibelle Hu Vs Michiko Nishiwaki (OM) Sammo Hung Vs Michelle Yeoh
15. China O'Brien II (1990 Video)
R | 92 min | Action
This time China O'Brien has trouble with a dealer who puts a prize on her head because she had spoiled an important drug deal of his. But all the world's criminals will not be enough to ... See full summary »
Keith Cooke Vs Henchmen (OM) Behind the scenes footage
16. The Big Boss (1971)
R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A young man sworn to an oath of non-violence works with his cousins in an ice factory where they mysteriously begin to disappear.
Bruce Lee Vs Han Ying Chieh (OM) Bruce Lee Vs Henchmen in Ice Mill Bruce Lee Vs Tony Liu
17. Project A (1983)
PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Comedy
Fighting against pirates at the turn of the 20th century, the Hong Kong navy are failing miserably. It's up to Sergeant Lung (Jackie Chan) to take matters into his own hands.
Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao & Mars Vs Dick Wei (OM) Jackie Chan Vs henchmen (bicycle chase)
18. The Way of the Dragon (1972)
R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
A man visits his relatives at their restaurant in Italy and has to help them defend against brutal gangsters harassing them.
Bruce Lee warm up before Chuck Norris fight
19. Warriors Two (1978)
R | 95 min | Action, Drama
Beloved for its combination of thrilling combat choreography and hilarious physical comedy, the film tells the story of a humble cashier who discovers a plot to kill his small town mayor.
Leung Kar Yan practising Wing Chun Leung Kar Yan teaching Casanova Wong the principles of Wing Chun
20. Wheels on Meals (1984)
TV-14 | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Two Chinese friends, who operate a food truck in Barcelona, Spain, use their martial arts expertise to help their private investigator friend protect the pickpocket Sylvia, who's been targeted by a ruthless gang.
Yuen Biao & Jackie Chan practising on a Wooden Dummy Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung & Yuen Biao Vs Jose Sancho Yuen Biao Vs Keith Vitali Jackie Chan Vs Benny 'The Jet' Urquidez
21. Hapkido (1972)
R | 97 min | Action, Drama
Korea, 1934. During the Japanese occupation, there is open warfare between rival martial arts schools. There is a fight in the marketplace, and three Chinese students can't stand the unfair... See full summary »
Angela Mao, Sammo Hung & Jae Han Jie Hapkido demonstration/class
22. The Magnificent Butcher (1979)
PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
A plump butcher student of Wong Fei Hung, Lam Sai-Wing (Sammo) gets into trouble with a rival kung-fu school known as Five Dragons and is accused of raping the head of that school's ... See full summary »
Yuen Biao Vs Lam Ching Ying Sammo Hung practising/training
23. Dreadnaught (1981)
91 min | Action, Comedy, Horror
A short-tempered, violent criminal named "White Tiger" is on the run from the police and joins a theater troupe for disguise, killing anyone who angers him or who suspects his identity. One... See full summary »
Yuen Biao practising while doing laundry Leung Kar Yan Vs Yuen Shun Yee Kwan Tak Hing Vs Fung Hark On
24. Encounters of the Spooky Kind (1980)
R | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Cheung's wife and boss are seeing each other, and decide to dispatch him with a wizard. But the wizard's rival aids and defends Cheung and a magic war rises.
Sammo Hung Vs Lam Ching Ying & Henchmen Sammo Hung Vs Huang Ha
25. Deep Thrust (1972)
R | 88 min | Action, Drama
Tien arrives in town looking to exact revenge on Ling for abandoning her pregnant sister and thus driving said sister to commit suicide. Although Tien agrees to help Ling take down the ... See full summary »
Angela Mao Vs Sammo Hung & henchmen in tavern
26. Tai quan zhen jiu zhou (1973)
R | 95 min | Action, War, Drama
During the Japanese occupation of Korea in the 1930's, the leader of a small resistance movement attempts to get information to sympathizers in China.
Angela Mao Vs Sammo Hung & Gam Kei Chu in Dojo
27. Project A 2 (1987)
PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Dragon is now transferred to be the police head of Sai Wan district, and has to contend with a gangster kingpin, anti-Manchu revolutionaries, some runaway pirates, Manchu Loyalists and a corrupt Police Superintendent.
Jackie Chan Vs Henchmen
28. Game of Death (1978)
R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A martial arts movie star must fake his death to find the people who are trying to kill him.
Votes: 15,446 | Gross: $10.00M
Bruce Lee Vs Kareem Abdul Jabbar
29. Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain (1983)
Unrated | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Chinese soldiers in an ancient civil war get caught up in a fantastical quest to save the universe.
Yuen Biao Vs demons Yuen Biao & Sammo Hung Vs several armies
30. The Master (1984)
60 min | Adventure, Drama, Action
An aging American ninja master and his headstrong young apprentice search for the elder man's daughter.
Lee Van Cleef Vs Sho Kosugi
31. Winners & Sinners (1983)
PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Fresh from prison, five friends try to stay crime free but inadvertently find themselves caught in a Triad war.
Sammo Hung (with staff) Vs Henchmen
32. Shao Lin men (1976)
R | 95 min | Action, Drama
A survivor of an attack on a rebel group opposing the Manchu invasion of China creates the Goose Fist fighting technique and tries for revenge on a traitor.
Jackie Chan (with a spear) Vs Henchmen Jackie Chan making a sword Yeung Wei testing a new sword
33. The Private Eyes (1976)
94 min | Comedy
Private Eyes revolves the characters in a private detective agency headed by Wong Yuk-See (Michael Hui) with two employees, a stuttered, easily bullied Pighead (Ricky Hui) and secretary/... See full summary »
Michael Hui (with salami nunchaku and chicken skewer) Vs Chan Kim-Wan (with shark teeth and chicken skewer) kitchen fight
34. Po jie (1977)
98 min | Action, Drama
Angry and aggressive orphan Lotus Lin gets raised as a Buddhist in a Shaolin temple after her mother dies in the wake of giving birth to her in prison. Consumed with rage, Lin gets expelled... See full summary »
Angela Mao, Kwok Chan Yau & Bruce Leung & Vs Sammo Hung, Han Ying Chieh & Michael Chan