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Favorite Martial Arts Flicks

  • Nov 20, 2009
Jet Li's Fearless (Unrated Widescreen Edition)
Based on a true story. Jet Li in maybe his best acting role. The battle with the Karate champion from Japan was classic!
See the full review, "Honor and Fair Play Above All".
Superb directing using a lot of colors and an interesting telling of the same story four different ways.
See the full review, "Way better Than Crouching Tiger!".
Return of the Dragon
Bruce Lee battling Chuck Norris in the Roman Colesium to the death! Enough said.
Kill Bill Vol. 1
The battle with the Crazy 88's was one of the most entertaining battles in any martial arts film I've seen.
See the full review, "Excellent Action Fiick, One of Tarrantino's Best".
Enter the Dragon
Bruce Lee, Jim Kelly, Bolo Yeung and yes Jackie Chan in the same movie? The story may have been ridiculous but this was Bruce Lee's most famous role and it was released posthumously!
Above The Law
When this movie came out I started taking Aikido. Learned pretty quick the moves that Segal does in the dojo at the beginning of the film. This was the only film where you can see his Aikido clearly.
Transporter 2
I just loved the action and the story of this movie though there were a lot of plot similarities to Denzel Washington's Man on Fire.
See the full review, "Action Packed!".
As pointed out by Queenbflix, how can I leave Jean Claude off my list? I added my second favorite of his films (Timecop was my favorite but doesn't qualify as a martial arts flick). Even though it has a story that is often recycled in martial arts films (go to a martial arts master for training so you can avenge a relative or friend) it is a fun film. The scene in which Van Damme practices in the ruins with the spirits of ancient warriors talking to him puts this film on my list.

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December 08, 2009
Thanks for the list! There are a couple that I need to discover.

Oh yeah...where is Kung Fu Panda?  :D
December 05, 2009
Although I wouldn't necessarily call it a "martial arts" movie, the yin-yang scene in Red Cliff is some of the best martial arts choreography around. If the rest of the film had been so badass, I'd have it in my top films of the decade, but that was certainly the high point.
November 26, 2009
nice list!
November 26, 2009
February 02, 2012
William, would love to see your list.
November 25, 2009
I guess you haven't seen an awful lot of them, right?
November 25, 2009
No I have. Most of them are just bad flicks. I tried to put on my list movies that had a good story and at least decent martial arts.
November 25, 2009
There isn't a single Jackie Chan flick listed and he's made some damned good movies which is why I thought perhaps your exposure was a bit limited. I might consider putting something like DRAGONS FOREVER or WHEELS ON MEALS on my list. Great flix in which you not only get Jackie, but also Sammo and Yuen Biao at their best.
November 25, 2009
I did include Enter the Dragon. LOL he only had a brief appearance in that one. But seriously I have not really seen any Jackie Chan films with the exception of the Rush Hour filims which I consider more action than pure Martial Arts flicks. I hear his Drunken Master flicks are pretty good.
November 25, 2009
They are--they're almost a couple of decades apart! Sammo is in ENTER THE DRAGON too. He has a bigger part than Jackie who you have to look real quick to even see. Sammo is the chubby guy who fights Bruce in front of the monks at the temple. As lacking in artistic quality as they are, Van Damme's films have some good action in them--better than Seagal in my opinion. BLOODSPORT and KICKBOXER come to mind right away.
November 25, 2009
Thanks for pointing that out QueenB! I have updated my list and given you credit for my lapse of memory.
November 25, 2009
Didn't like BLOODSPORT though, huh? Yeah, I have to admit it wasn't quite as good. You should check out Jackie Chan's RUMBLE IN THE BRONX. It was filmed in Canada so you can see these beautiful snow capped mountains in the background. It's readily available.
November 26, 2009
uh-oh. Karen knows as much about martial arts movies as I do...(maybe even more)
November 27, 2009
Hardly. And I'm restricted mostly to old school Chinese.
November 20, 2009
I'm not a huge action movie fan, but there's a special place in my heart for martial arts flicks since I pretty much grew up on them. Thanks for compiling this great list! :)
November 21, 2009
As always thanks for your kind words.
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