Category: Movies

The Big Boss (1971)

The Big Boss (1971)

If ever there were proof positive of Bruce Lee’s charisma and the power that emanated from him as if it were pure sunlight, “The Big Boss” is that proof. Were it not for him, “The Big Boss” would most likely have slipped through the cracks of history, but it was precisely because of his face on the poster that it ...

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Rush Hour (1998)

Rush Hour (1998)

Buddy cop movies live and die completely on the chemistry between the two leads. If it’s not there, neither is the audience. The “Lethal Weapon” movies have it, while “The Heat” simply does not. Take the two leading men out of “Rush Hour”, Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, and it completely falls apart. Keep them in, and ...

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Warriors Two (1978)

Warriors Two (1978)

The art of Wing Chun has seen a surge in popularity in the 21st century, largely as a result of the “Ip Man” films depicting the life of the famed Grandmaster of Wing Chun and mentor to the legendary Bruce Lee. However, this was hardly the first time Wing Chun had been depicted in Hong Kong martial arts films -one of ...

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Fatal Contact (2006)

Fatal Contact (2006)

Contemporary martial arts action film produced, written and directed by Dennis Law, featuring the national Chinese sport of kickboxing, Sanshou or Sanda. Trailer http://youtu.be/d1vp6anNdvA Cast Wu Jing, often credited as Jacky Wu, stars as “Kong Ko”, a martial arts champion. In real-life, Wu Jing is a former ...

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Unleashed (2005)

Unleashed (2005)

There’s no point in beating around the bush - “Unleashed” (released as “Danny the Dog” in some territories) is Jet Li’s best English-language film. Something of a modernization of Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist”, it’s like no other Jet Li film you’ve ever seen before. Under the action direction of Yuen Woo-ping, ...

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Magnificent Butcher (1979)

Magnificent Butcher (1979)

If you were to try to list every Wong Fei-hung movie ever made by Hong Kong filmmakers, that list could wrap around a house two or three times! In the realm of both martial arts films and Chinese culture, Wong Fei-hung is a legend on par with Wyatt Earp, William Tell, or Robin Hood, so it’s no surprise that so many ...

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Special ID (2013)

Special ID (2013)

Being a fan of Hong Kong action flicks living in the English-speaking world has a downside not found in most fandoms. Specifically, reading negative reviews online for a movie you’ve been heavily anticipating can make the wait to see it (which, in our case, is already a prolonged one to start with) that much more ...

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Tai Chi Boxer (1996)

Tai Chi Boxer (1996)

Martial arts comedy action film directed by Yuen Woo Ping. Also known as “Tai Chi II” and “Taijiquan”. Trailer http://youtu.be/sz1zw57BmCc Cast Starring in his first major movie role is Wu Jing, often credited as Jacky Wu. A former member of the famous Beijing Wushu Team, and multiple Chinese Wushu Champion, Wu ...

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Only the Strong (1993)

Only the Strong (1993)

Be honest, if you were born before the 1990's, "Only the Strong" was the first time you ever saw Capoeira in a movie. Largely overlooked during its initial release in 1993, "Only the Strong" has steadily accumulated tons of love over the years for being the first major martial arts film to focus upon the ...

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Kung Fu Panda (2008)

Kung Fu Panda (2008)

Jack Black as a kung fu fighting panda bear. It’s something that sounds rather absurd on paper but the end result manages to provide a great underdog story that harks back to old-school Kung fu films of the 1970s. Trailer http://youtu.be/mHSSzdRpMqg Cast The lead role of Po is played by comedic actor Jack Black ...

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District 13 (2004)

District 13 (2004)

French action film featuring fighting, free running and stunts, produced and written by Luc Besson. The original French title is “Banilieue 13”. Trailer http://youtu.be/suiYQLcrUoI Cast Starring in his first major movie role is David Belle, credited as one of the eight founders of “Parkour”, or free ...

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Kung-fu Kingdom