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Best Kung-fu Movies

  • The Forbidden Kingdom

    The Forbidden Kingdom (PG-13, 2008)

    Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Collin Chou, Liu Yifei, Bingbing Li
    Legendary martial arts stars Jackie Chan and Jet Li come together onscreen for the first time ever i... read moren director Rob Minkoff's time-traveling take on the Monkey King fable that finds an American teen transported back to ancient China after wandering into a pawn shop and discovering the king's fighting stick. Once there, the adventurous teen joins an army of fierce warriors who have sworn to free their imprisoned king at all costs. In addition to appearing as the mythical Monkey King, Li assumes the role of a silent monk, and Chan appears in the role of kung fu master Lu Yan. Famed action choreographer Yuen Woo Ping presides over the fight sequences. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • fb742635485
      fb742635485: Really enjoyed this. Beautiful, funny, good fairytale-like story and great kungfu ;)
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
    • mitchgaiL
      mitchgaiL: ....entertaining movie...
      most especially the two popular kungfu stars of asia joined togeteher...
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
    • irwansyahrir
      irwansyahrir: Full of cliché. The story and characters are not moving. Kungfu moves are okay, but too much effect
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
  • Kill Bill: Volume 1

    Kill Bill: Volume 1 (R, 2003)

    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, Daryl Hannah, Julie Dreyfus
    An entire wedding party is slaughtered during a dress rehearsal in a rural chapel: the pregnant woma... read moren in the blood-splattered wedding dress is Black Mamba, better known as The Bride. The assassin, Bill, and his circle known as The Vipers left The Bride for dead, but unluckily for them she was merely comatose. Four years later, The Bride suddenly awakens from her coma and realizes what has been done to her. She sets off on a ferociously focused mission, setting out to seek revenge on her former master and his deadly squad of assassins. One by one, she kills the various members of the assassin group. She saves Bill for last.
  • Ip Man

    Ip Man (R, 2010)

    Donnie Yen, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Fan Siu-Wong, Xiong Dailin, Wong You-nam
    Wing Chun grandmaster Ip has an amazing wife, plenty of money, the most beautiful house in town, and... read more a blossoming martial arts academy. But when the Japanese occupy his hometown of Foshan during the Sino-Japan war (1937), Ip, like the rest of the locals, is forced into hard labor and brutal sparring matches for the enemy's amusement. His incredible skills catch the eye of the Japanese Colonel, Mr. Miura, who wants Ip to teach Wing Chun to his soldiers. When Ip refuses, he faces the most intense challenge to both his training and his honor.
    • fb1176335246
      fb1176335246: This is easily the best kungfu movie I've ever seen, and it's somewhere near the top of my Chinese
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • fb549360915
      fb549360915: Japenese vs Chinese kungfu. Wonder what the Japanese have to say.
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
    • kaizhang78888
      kaizhang78888: Of course this is awesome for the real story of kungfu master
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
  • Iron Monkey

    Iron Monkey (PG-13, 2001)

    Rongguang Yu, Donnie Yen, Jean Wang, Tsang Sze-Man, Yuen Shun-Yi
    This kung fu classic weaving fact and myth earned a theatrical release in the U.S. from Miramax eigh... read moret years after it was produced, following a successful retrospective screening at the 2001 Los Angeles Film Festival. Wong Kei Ying (Donnie Yen) is a master of the Hung Gar style of boxing in mid-19th century China. His son, Wong Fei Hung (Sze-Man Tsang), though still just a boy, will grow up to become a martial arts legend, a nearly mythical figure in Chinese history. When Wong Fei Hung is kidnapped, his father is forced to use his daunting skills in the service of the abductor, a dishonest politician plagued by the Robin Hood-style thief known as Iron Monkey, a mysterious masked avenger stealing from the rich, delivering the spoils to the poor. Wong Fei Hung's only allies are the kindly Dr. Yang (Yu Rong Guang) and Yang's assistant, Orchid (Jean Wang), who are protecting an important secret. Iron Monkey (1993) director Yuen Wo Ping is also the masterful martial arts choreographer behind The Matrix (1999) and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000); his father served as action choreographer on a series of popular, long-running films centered around the Wong Fei Hung character in the 1950s. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi
    • jinrahwang
      jinrahwang: excellent choreography. really shows the essence of kungfu not just in terms of combat, but also in
      Reviewed 7 years days ago
  • Kung Fu Hustle

    Kung Fu Hustle (R, 2005)

    Stephen Chow, Wah Yuen, Qiu Yuen, Leung Siu-lung, Dong Zhihua
    The work of international superstar Stephen Chow, Kung Fu Hustle is a humorous, special-effects-fill... read moreed, action-packed martial arts epic set in early '40s China. A bumbling thief named Sing (Stephen Chow) desires to be the toughest member of the dreaded gangster hit squad known as The Axe Gang, but to completely join the gang he has to commit murder. When Sing attempts to rob a crowded run-down apartment complex known as Pig Sty Alley, the locals begin to defend themselves with some high-flying kung fu skills, and a tiny war erupts between the local masters and the axe-wielding gang. After the gang busts the ancient kung fu king known as The Beast (Leung Siu Lung) out of jail, tensions reach a boiling point as Pig Sty Alley's landlady (Yuen Qiu) leads an all-out attack against the gang and Sing discovers his true heroic fate. Kung Fu Hustle, which set box-office records across Asia during its December 2004 release, also stars Yuen Wah and Xing Yu, and features fight choreography by legendary masters of martial arts cinema Yuen Woo Ping and Sammo Hung. ~ Jason Gibner, Rovi
    • fb852735520
      fb852735520: saw this again on tv. Awesome, cute, funny and masterful parody of the kungfu genre
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
    • rickportnoy77
      rickportnoy77: kungfu movie got hollywood...make the asian be proud..
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
    • willyanugrahcahyadi
      willyanugrahcahyadi: Superb effects and kungfu moves yet still hilarious to watch. The plot is not so good though.
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (PG-13, 2001)

    Yun-Fat Chow, Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang, Chen Chang, Sihung Lung
    Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lee took a break from making Western period dramas to fashion this wild and ... read morewoolly martial arts spectacular featuring special effects and action sequences courtesy of the choreographer of The Matrix (1999), Yuen Woo Ping. In the early 19th century, martial arts master Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun-Fat) is about to retire and enter a life of meditation, though he quietly longs to avenge the death of his master, who was killed by Jade Fox (Cheng Pei-pei). He gives his sword, a fabled 400-year-old weapon known as Green Destiny, to his friend, fellow martial arts wizard and secret love Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh), so that she may deliver it to Sir Te (Sihung Lung). Upon arrival in Peking, Yu happens upon Jen (Zhang Ziyi), a vivacious, willful politician's daughter. That night, a mysterious masked thief swipes Green Destiny, with Yu in hot pursuit -- resulting in the first of several martial arts action set pieces during the film. Li arrives in Beijing and eventually discovers that Jen is not only the masked thief but is also in cahoots with the evil Jade. In spite of this, Li sees great talent in Jen as a fighter and offers to school her in the finer points of martial arts and selflessness, an offer that Jen promptly rebukes. This film was first screened to much acclaim at the 2000 Cannes, Toronto, and New York film festivals and became a favorite when Academy Awards nominations were announced in 2001: Tiger snagged ten nods and later secured four wins for Best Cinematography, Score, Art Direction, and Foreign Language Film. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi
    • jillsball
      jillsball: Great cast, and great kungfu. Not to mention the sweet erhu and cello soundtrack.
      Reviewed 8 years days ago
  • Enter the Dragon

    Enter the Dragon (R, 1973)

    Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly, Shih Kien, Robert Wall
    One of the most popular kung fu films ever, and perhaps the peak of the famed Bruce Lee's career, En... read moreter the Dragon achieved success by presenting a series of superbly staged fighting sequences with a minimum of distractions. The story finds Lee as a martial-arts expert determined to help capture the narcotics dealer whose gang was responsible for his sister's death. This evil villain operates from a fortified island manned by a team of crack martial artists, who also host a kung fu competition. Lee uses his skills to enter the contest and then tries to chop, kick, and otherwise fight his way into the dealer's headquarter. The story is, of course, merely an excuse for showdown after showdown, featuring masterly fighting by Lee in a wide variety of martial arts styles. Essential viewing for martial arts fans, the film was also embraced by a larger audience, thanks to a fast pace and higher-than-usual production values. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi
  • Hero

    Hero (PG-13, 2004)

    Prithviraj, Yami Gautam, Srikanth, Jet Li, Maggie Cheung
    Hero is two-time Academy Award nominee Zhang Yimou's directorial attempt at exploring the concept of... read more a Chinese hero. During the peak of their Warring States period, China was divided into seven kingdoms all fighting for supremacy. Most determined to dominate China was the kingdom of Qin, whose king (Chen Daoming) was wholly obsessed with becoming the first emperor of China. Though he was an assassination target for many, none of his would-be killers inspired as much fear as the legendary assassins Broken Sword (Tony Leung), Flying Snow (Maggie Cheung), and Sky (Donnie Yen). In hopes of thwarting his death, the king has promised endless wealth and power to anyone who defeats his would-be murderers. No results come until ten years later, when a man called Nameless (Jet Li) brings the weapons of the three assassins to the Qin king's palace. Nameless claims to be an expert swordsman who had defeated Sky and destroyed the famed duo of Flying Snow and Broken Sword by using their love for one another against them. Once Nameless comes face to face with the king, however, it looks as if the situation is more complicated than he had thought. Also featured in Hero is actress Zhang Ziyi (The Road Home, Crouching Tiger, Hiden Dragon) as Broken Sword's devoted servant, Moon. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi