The best martial arts films

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  • tenofspades 3 Jun 2008 13:30:51 1,693 posts
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    I need a good martial arts film to watch and watching pretty few, I wonder what are good ones to see. Seen the Bruce Lee, Enter the Dragon, The Boss(or something?). Any other good ones?
  • nickthegun 3 Jun 2008 13:31:34 58,782 posts
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    Prodigal Son.

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  • BanjoMan 3 Jun 2008 13:31:40 13,730 posts
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    Iron Monkey

    Once Upon a Time in China trilogy

    Encounters of a Spooky Kind

    Mr Vampire

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  • thehat 3 Jun 2008 13:31:51 1,833 posts
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    Fist of Legend is probably my favourite.
  • BanjoMan 3 Jun 2008 13:32:41 13,730 posts
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    thehat wrote:
    Fist of Legend is probably my favourite.
    Yeah, it's pretty good for a remake. One of Jet Li's better moments.

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  • LeoliansBro 3 Jun 2008 13:32:56 43,220 posts
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    Ong Bak

    The Matrix (what?)

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    Hero

    Police Story 2

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • GrandTheftApu 3 Jun 2008 13:33:15 6,119 posts
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    Drunken Master > *
  • ecureuil 3 Jun 2008 13:34:42 76,487 posts
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    Drunken Master I and II

    Obviously all the Bruce Lee films are classics. I can't tell whether you're saying you've seen them all, but Way Of The Dragon is definitely worth watching, if only for the greatest nunchaku scene of all time. :)
  • ecureuil 3 Jun 2008 13:35:16 76,487 posts
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    GTA knows the score. :D
  • thefilthandthefury 3 Jun 2008 13:35:42 24,950 posts
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    I like Police Story and Project A. Ahh, Jackie at his best.
  • Aranel 3 Jun 2008 13:35:46 669 posts
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    BanjoMan wrote:
    thehat wrote:
    Fist of Legend is probably my favourite.
    Yeah, it's pretty good for a remake. One of Jet Li's better moments.

    I love that film :)

    Also like most of his early films, particularly things like Once upon a time in China.
  • GrandTheftApu 3 Jun 2008 13:37:37 6,119 posts
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    Honestly, why all the love for lame wire work? I can't see the appeal myself, I prefer to see a well choreographed fight.
  • BanjoMan 3 Jun 2008 13:38:50 13,730 posts
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    I like it all. Depends on the mood - wire-work films are the Eastern equivalent of Lord of the Rings.

    Also, you gotta see Warriors Two. (nothing to do with the Walter Hill film)

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  • pjmaybe 3 Jun 2008 13:39:45 70,676 posts
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    GrandTheftApu wrote:
    Honestly, why all the love for lame wire work? I can't see the appeal myself, I prefer to see a well choreographed fight.

    What he said. Gimme anything from the early days of chopsocky, over all that floaty nonsense.

    The Big Boss / Fists of Fury / Enter the Dragon > all
  • afghan_jones 3 Jun 2008 13:40:48 3,033 posts
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    Ong Bak & Warrior King
    Legend of Fong Sai Yuk 1 & 2
    Police Story 1-3
    Sonny Chiba's Streetfighter 1-3
    Lady SnowBlood 1 & 2
    Enter the Dragon (get the special ed DVD with the extra footage from Game of Death)
    Drunken Master
    Snake in the Eagles Shadow
    Once Upon a Time in China (2 is probably the best IIRC)
    The Warrior (Korean one, not the Indian one)
    Jet Li's Fearless
    Azumi 1 & 2

  • nickthegun 3 Jun 2008 13:41:06 58,782 posts
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    Shaolin Vs Wu-Tang
    Snake and Crane
    Snake in Eagles Shadow
    Five Deadly Venoms
    Born Invincible
    Flying Guillotine
    Shaolin Chamber of Death

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  • manuel_garcia 3 Jun 2008 13:41:20 4,079 posts
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    Iron Monkey
    Project A
    Meals on Wheels
  • Aretak 3 Jun 2008 13:41:30 10,345 posts
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    Fong Sai Yuk I and II.
  • Tonka 3 Jun 2008 13:41:44 20,010 posts
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    HybridR wrote:
    Karate Kid.
    +1

    Followed by
    Sidekicks
    American Ninja III
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    Fong Sai Yuk

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  • BanjoMan 3 Jun 2008 13:41:54 13,730 posts
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    pjmaybe wrote:
    Gimme anything from the early days of chopsocky, over all that floaty nonsense.
    Eeeh, kung fu's not what it used to be.

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  • GrandTheftApu 3 Jun 2008 13:42:15 6,119 posts
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    Mad Monkey Kung Fu
    Dirty Ho

    Basically any old school Shaw Brothers stuff.
  • Tiger_Walts 3 Jun 2008 13:42:33 16,579 posts
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    They've already been mentioned

    Iron Monkey
    Prodigal Son

    I'll add to that the Fong Sai Yuk films too as I love the comedy moments.

    Also

    A Touch of Zen
    A Chinese Ghost Story

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  • magicpanda 3 Jun 2008 13:43:29 13,262 posts
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    Some good sugestions

    Ong Bak is essential

    I'll add The Magnificent Butcher
  • absolutezero 3 Jun 2008 13:43:34 7,956 posts
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    Has no one mentioned Dragons Forever?

    Its one of the lesser known Jackie Chan movies but its filled with fucking incredible fight scenes.
  • smoothpete 3 Jun 2008 13:43:52 31,328 posts
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    nickthegun wrote:
    Prodigal Son.
    +1 That's a quality kung fu movie
  • nickthegun 3 Jun 2008 13:44:06 58,782 posts
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    Barefoot Kid and Flirting Scholar are alright, but they are just on the cusp of the big floaty about wuxia fad.

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  • Spiral 3 Jun 2008 13:44:15 372 posts
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    Rocky IV
  • Nasty 3 Jun 2008 13:44:21 4,741 posts
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    Surely it's any film with Cynthia Rothrock in it?
  • warlockuk 3 Jun 2008 13:44:32 19,133 posts
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    I quite like the Chinese Fantasy flicks, like Mr. Vampire, Saviour of the Soul and Close Encounters of the Spooky Kind 2. They have some incredible stunt/fight work - like the fight with the vampire at the end of Mr. Vampire where the guy jumps up quite high, hangs upside down and then takes quite a fall.

    +1 for Ong Bak, too - those fight scenes were bloody amazing. Especially when dudes take flying knees to the mushki.

    Basically I agree with most of afghan_jones' list, too :)

    I'm a grumpy bastard.

  • LeoliansBro 3 Jun 2008 13:44:36 43,220 posts
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    Kung Fu Hustle is overrated.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

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