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REAL MARTIAL ARTS FILMS

  • Nov 26, 2009

What is a martial arts film? A martial arts film is a film that does not only display martial arts action sequences but rather one that uses the beauty and brings the philosophy of martial arts. Just because you see Jason Statham doing kicks and cool moves in "The Transporter" OR  Van Damme doing moves in "Hard Target" means it is a pure martial arts movie…but rather it is an action movie that uses martial arts in the action scenes. A real martial arts movie channels its story around the concept of martial arts, failing that, exhibits the beauty of martial arts. Most REAL martial arts movies come from Asia; China most definitely, Japan and even South Korea. Hey, even Thailand and Vietnam had gotten into the mix. I will include only the more modern martial arts movies in this list and save the classic ones for later.
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Jet Li's Fearless (Unrated Widescreen Edition)
Jet Li as the legendary Huo Yuan Jia, the director's cut is the dramatization of the life of the legendary Chinese national hero.

See the full review, "Jet Li's Last Martial Arts Film Is Restored, Re-Edited And Released In All Its Glory!".
2
IP MAN
the action-packed film inspired by Bruce Lee's teacher

See the full review, "Thrilling Martial Arts Action Film Based On the Life of Bruce Lee's Teacher...".
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Dvd Cover

Never has the philosophies of KARATE been excellently portrayed

See the full review, "REAL FIGHTS, REAL KARATE, REAL JAPAN!".
4
Fighter in the Wind
Based on the life of Choi Bae-Dul, the legendary fighter who was proclaimed "Toughest Man in the World" by the New York Times

See the full review, ""TOUGHEST MAN in the World"...Quoted by the New York Times, 1961".
5
Fist Of Legend

Jet Li portrays the student of Huo Yuan Jia, based on real events

See the full review, "4 ½ Stars: "Yes, Chen Zhen...The Best!!"...".
6
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon DVD
a little overrated but definitely a grand display of the beauty of martial arts.

7
Enter the Dragon
Bruce Lee's last completed film

8
Kung Fu Hustle

Stephen Chow's breakout hit that combines the spirit and mysticism of martial arts with slapstick humor.

See the full review, "Genre-Bending Gangster "Pulp", Slapstick Humor and Spectacular Kung Fu Action in One Package!".
9
The Forbidden Kingdom
fantasy and martial arts collide: JACKIE CHAN vs. JET LI

See the full review, "3 ½ - Stars: "Family-Friendly" Martial Arts Action Film is FUN Entertainment!".
10
Shaolin Soccer
the title says it all!!
11
The Legend of Drunken Master
Jackie Chan's portrayal of folk hero Wong Fei Hung

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Movie poster
Tony Jaa's Debut Film displays the power of Muay Thai
14
Fist of Fury
Bruce Lee's second martial arts film, better known in the West as Chinese Connection. The teachings of Kung Fu against Japanese imperialism.
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Martial Arts Fantasy that Combines the philosophy of Martial Arts and its mystic qualties
See the full review, "South Korean Martial Arts Actioner Channels "Kung Fu Hustle" and "Bulletproof Monk"".

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March 16, 2010
Cool list. I think you'll have to turn it into a series though, because there are so many great films to choose from!
March 16, 2010
I'm working on my top WUXIA films list for trashie...
March 16, 2010
Let me know if you do one for mixed martial arts or Kung Fu. I could probably do one just on Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and Jet Li. I'll have to put that down on my endless to-do list. ; P
 
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