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Initial post: 12 Aug 2011 19:22:34 BDT
Jez says:
Favourite martial arts films?

Ive just got into Donnie Chen films.

Seen

IP MAN
IP Man 2
14 Blades
Flashpoint

14 Blades was something of an Epic to be honest. If you arent bothered by cgi and wire-work it is pretty spectacular.

and just bought The Lost bladesman bluray hope its good! :)

Posted on 13 Aug 2011 14:12:49 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 Aug 2011 14:13:12 BDT
Hey Jez

I would recommend

Wheels On Meals
Encounters Of The Spooky Kind
Mr Vampire
Warriors Two
The Odd Couple
Knockabout
Armor Of God
Police Story 1&2
Fearless
The Scorpion King (not the Rock one)
Eastern Condors
Zu Warriors From Magic Mountain
Chinese Ghost story 1&2
Tiger On The Beat
Full Contact
Project A 1&2
Dragons Forever
Kiss Of The Dragon
The Magnificent Butcher
Once Upon A Time In China Trilogy
Wing Chun
In The Line Of Duty

That's all I can think of off the top of my head, I'll poke around in my collection and get back to you if when I see what's there

Posted on 13 Aug 2011 18:00:46 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Aug 2011 18:36:18 BDT
L. A. Prince says:
Some good ones above..but also try:
Pedicab Driver
36th Chamber of Shaolin
Prodigal Son
5 Element Ninja
Sha po lang(..Donnie Yen at his best?!)a.k.a.'Killzone'
Undisputed 3 Redemption..not asian-but some great fights!
Clan of the White Lotus
Drunken Master 1&2
Eight Diagram Pole Fighter
Fist of Legend
Iron Monkey

Posted on 14 Aug 2011 13:45:05 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Aug 2011 13:45:37 BDT
A. Graham says:
'36th Chamber of Shaolin' is pretty good, also try 'King Boxer' with Lo Lieh, which is from the same Shaw Brothers studio. Pretty much any Bruce Lee film obviously, and Jet Li's epic films are very good too, The 'Once Upon A Time In China' trilogy and 'Fearless' in particular, along with 'Hero' and the 'Shaolin Temple' trilogy. From Thailand, I can recommend 'Ong Bak' with Tony Jaa and 'Chocolate' with Jeeja Yanin. 'Hapkido' is very good, and if you can find it, I can strongly recommend 'Deaf Mute Heroine' starring Helen Ma.

Enjoy!

Posted on 14 Aug 2011 15:44:11 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Aug 2011 15:48:24 BDT
Mr Muggles says:
Bodyguards and Assassins
True Legend
Fist of Legend
Fearless
Twin Warriors
The Bodyguard from Beijing
Wheels on Meals

And once you start you might not stop:
http://www.amazon.com/Condor-Hero-Huang-Shao-Ming/dp/B000I0QLB4/
One of the best series I've seen, along with Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils (2003 Zhang Jizhong version which seems hard to find these days unless you go visit some auction site I guess. It's also known as Tian Long Ba Bu or Heaven Dragon: The Eighth Episode)

Posted on 15 Aug 2011 10:24:39 BDT
Trigger says:
Drunken Master
The Prodigal Son
Ong-Bak
Fist of Legend
Way of the Dragon

I've not seen many martial arts films, but would recommend these from my experience. Jet Li is probably my favourite overall, although Tony Jaa is awesome too (even though he's not done many films). I've also recently seen a few Donnie Yen films, and he too is fantastic - Flash Point was a very good action film.

Posted on 15 Aug 2011 15:17:06 BDT
I can only really comment on the spate of such films from the 70s. But I do know the early Hong Kong made Kung Fu films were terrible, even Bruce Lee's, but the Hollywood made 'Enter the Dragon' was far better.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Aug 2011 15:32:54 BDT
Trigger says:
I don't entirely disagree, but there is still a certain clunky charm to them. I like the bad editing, zooming close-ups and stock 'thud' sound when someone hits the floor.

One I would not recommend is Lee's last film, Game of Death. He's only in it for probably a quarter, with the rest filled with a rubbish identity cover-up plot and an unconvincing stand-in.

Posted on 15 Aug 2011 21:15:18 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Aug 2011 21:16:34 BDT
Wayne says:
I'd have to echo tel and say Tony jaa is amazing. Warrior king and the 3 ong bak films are superb and considering theirs no wire work it seems even more incredible watching those stunts. Comes across like a modern day jackie chan, albeit with less charm in my opinion.

Posted on 19 Aug 2011 13:40:44 BDT
Gavin Moore says:
I'm not taking the p*ss here and admit I'm not massively into these films but I really enjoy Jackie Chan in Drunken Master, it's the style that amazes me. The fluidity of the movements and 'drunk' demeanor used to lull opponents into a false sense of security is absolute genius. Plus it's really funny to watch. Apologies if this was meant to be a serious movie thread.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Aug 2011 14:03:37 BDT
Trigger says:
Drunken Master is a great martial arts film regardless, and Jackie usually has elements of slapstick humour in his films.

His Hollywood output has been pretty awful overall, but most of his Eastern work was really good, and I definitely agree about his fluidity and choreography being superb.

Posted on 21 Aug 2011 15:48:45 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 Aug 2011 16:17:36 BDT
There are so so many fantasic martial arts movies out there, but at the top of my list i would highly recommend are :
Dragons Forever,Knockabout,The Odd Couple,Wing Chun,Wheels on Meals,the first two Police Story Movies, Project A parts 1 & 2,Drunken Masters 1 & 2,Fist of legend,The Legend of Fong Sai Yak, Flashpoint,Fearless,House of Flying Daggers and of coarse the Ip man Movies.
Also worth a mention are An Emperess & the warriors, 3 Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon, Red Cliff-Special Edition & A Battle of Wits for the Epic sword battles.

Posted on 22 Aug 2011 00:47:39 BDT
JJMMWGDuPree says:
I really liked a film that I only saw the once, it was called 'Kung Fu Headcrusher', but I suspect the Kung Fu bit was only added to cash in. It was the first martial arts movie I'd seen with the 'walking on air' routine.

My absolute favourite though, was a Jackie Chan film. It had a really weird WWII story although it didn't particularly seem to be about anything in particular, especially the war. I think it was called Fantasy Fighting Force, but don't quote me on that...

Can anyone remember the title of the Jackie Chan film with the wind tunnel in it? The one where he lets the wind catch his hand and it shoots back and clouts the bad guy. I curled up at that point. Right then Chan was the new Chaplin.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Aug 2011 03:04:38 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Aug 2011 03:12:26 BDT
shaolin 2011 with jackie chan, wu jing and andy lau is a must see :)
also check out
Fearless
Fist of legend
legendary assassin,
once upon a time in china trilogy,
iron monkey,
empress and the warrior,
three kingdoms,
fatal move
killzone
seven swords
if you want really good fun films then kung fu hustle and Shaolin soccer should be added to your list.
Have a go at Woochi the demon slayer too.
best drama would be the infernal affairs trilogy

Posted on 29 Aug 2011 19:45:25 BDT
Lisa Parker says:
i have seen loads of kung fu films but mytop 5 are
1.drunken master
2.way of the dragon
3.enter the dragon
4.ong bak(first)
5.game of death(original and bruce lee not wesly snipes)

Posted on 31 Aug 2011 17:16:58 BDT
Last edited by the author on 31 Aug 2011 17:37:16 BDT
Wheels On Meals
Warriors Two
Knockabout
Armor Of God
Police Story 1,2 &3
Fearless
The Scorpion King (not the Rock one)
Eastern Condors
Tiger On The Beat
Full Contact
Project A 1&2
Dragons Forever
Kiss Of The Dragon
The Magnificent Butcher
Once Upon A Time In China Trilogy
once upon a Time in China and America
Wing Chun
In The Line Of Duty 4 (Donnie Yen)

Pedicab Driver
36th Chamber of Shaolin
Prodigal Son
Sha po lang a.k.a.'Killzone'
Undisputed 3 Redemption..not asian-but some great fights!
Drunken Master 1&2
Fist of Legend
Iron Monkey
the warrior king
Ong Bak with Tony Jaa
Chocolate with Jeeja Yanin.
Born to fight
Bangkok Adrenaline
the rebel
Broken Path - it's an American martial arts film and is absolutely amazing.
The Legend of Fong Sai Yak 1 & 2 aka "the legend" parts 1 and 2
my father is a hero
Jet Li's the master
police assassins a.k.a. yes madam - a.k.a. in the line of duty one or two?
millionaires express
righting wrongs a.k.a. above the law (Yuen Biao and Cynthia Rothrock)
Magic Crystal
lady reporter a.k.a. the blonde fury
tai chi master
iron fisted Monk
the victim
skinny Tiger fatty Dragon
the young master
dreadnaught
legend of a fighter
magnificent Warriors
Royal Warriors
Tiger Cage (Donnie Yen)
armour of God's sequel Operation Condor
who am I?
Rumble in the Bronx
fatal contact
Drive- another American but brilliant martial arts film

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Aug 2011 17:22:19 BDT
"Can anyone remember the title of the Jackie Chan film with the wind tunnel in it? The one where he lets the wind catch his hand and it shoots back and clouts the bad guy. I curled up at that point. Right then Chan was the new Chaplin."

Operation Condor, I think you'll find.

Posted on 31 Aug 2011 17:26:32 BDT
Last edited by the author on 31 Aug 2011 17:35:29 BDT
just remembered a few more......

Bichunmoo
fighter in the wind
Ninja in the Dragon's Den
legend of the shadowless sword
Rebel intruder
snake in the Eagle shadow
district 13 - French movie with great martial arts and free running sequences!
flashpoint (Donnie Yen)
Outlaw brothers

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Aug 2011 19:13:44 BDT
JJMMWGDuPree says:
Valen's Shadow: Thanks. That looks correct judging from the description. I'm confident enough to have ordered it anyway.

'Wheels on meals' seems to be the front leader at the moment. I thought it was a good film, but not that good. I wonder if it's just that it has an easily memorable title.

Posted on 31 Aug 2011 20:14:41 BDT
Last edited by the author on 31 Aug 2011 20:27:58 BDT
you're welcome JJ. I hope you are aware that the UK DVD is an English dub only for Operation Condor.

on "wheels on meals" I do agree with you that it's not the greatest Jackie Chan movie and there are a huge number of movies that I rate higher personally. However there was no way I was going to try and order them in number of preference. I was just trying to put out as an exhaustive a list as I possibly could of good martial arts films or better. in my opinion from all the martial arts films I've seen it's a pretty tasty list of movies, if I do say so myself. However the original poster isn't likely to get his hands on that title easily with the DVD long out of print and asking a lot of money on places like Amazon marketplace.

Anyone interested in watching "wheels on meals" can watch the English dub on you Tube for free!

Posted on 2 Sep 2011 15:19:33 BDT
Cactus Dave says:
Say no more Mr Vampire classic!

Posted on 1 Nov 2011 13:47:51 GMT
Mr T says:
In no particular order

Enter the Dragon
Ong Bak 1 & 2, if you like those try 3
Legend of the shadowless sword
Chocolate
Raging Phoenix
IP Man

I suggest you look at clips on youtube before buying

Posted on 7 Nov 2011 13:42:28 GMT
got to be: invisible target.... ip man 1+2, fatal move, any donnie yen film, ong-bak warrier king (just for the martial arts tho the story and acting are terrible) :) this one isnt a martial arts movie but i saw the devil is an amazing north korean movie

Posted on 9 Nov 2011 10:05:34 GMT
Tam, Invisible Target is a terrible movie with a bunch of pretty boy pop stars who can't really do martial arts including Jackie Chan's son. Wu Jing the villain of the movie is a superb martial artist wasted in this mediocrity and similarly wasted in Fatal Move

Posted on 10 Nov 2011 09:24:46 GMT
Kikyt says:
I would recommend getting hold of Hong Kong Legends/Cine Asia or Dragon Dynasty DVD releases of the movies listed above with Bey Logan commentary tracks. Trust me, they can even make a bad movie worth watching!
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