50 Greatest Kung Fu Movies

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    • Hadouken76

      Jun 6th 2011, 10:25

      Once upon a time in China deserves a nod for its classic 'ladder fight' climax and a Brett Ratner film has no place where any list contains the word 'greatest' (unless its greatest journeyman directors of all time). MOst of this isnt Kung-fu anyway!

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    • ChrisWootton

      Jun 6th 2011, 12:03

      Rumble in the Bronx? Surely one of the s**ttest films of all time.. Where's Project A instead?

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    • McSerious

      Jun 6th 2011, 12:43

      That 'best scene' from Shanghai Noon is from Shanghai Knights you wollies!

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    • McSerious

      Jun 6th 2011, 12:45

      That 'best scene' from Shanghai Noon is from Shanghai Knights you wollies!

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    • Devilangeldude

      Jun 6th 2011, 12:45

      I don't think all the lists of movies that they put up in these 'Feature' topics are to be taken seriously. It's more the case of the author trying to provoke readers into posting messages - am i right? Most interviews you will see will tell you that Bruce Lee was in fact a poor actor, but of course his skills cannot be debated. However in terms of choreography his fight scenes don't really look that great on camera, probably because it's more realistic than the other over choreographed stuff you get. Totally agree with Chris on both points! Rumble in the Bronx may have introduced him to the American mainstream market - but only just. It was a p**s poor film. It was actually Rush Hour that gave him access to the mainstream market. But prior to this, he was already a star for martial arts fans, I think (correct me if i'm wrong) he's now starred in more movies than any other actor ever.

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    • Devilangeldude

      Jun 6th 2011, 12:47

      I don't think all the lists of movies that they put up in these 'Feature' topics are to be taken seriously. It's more the case of the author trying to provoke readers into posting messages - am i right? Most interviews you will see will tell you that Bruce Lee was in fact a poor actor, but of course his skills cannot be debated. However in terms of choreography his fight scenes don't really look that great on camera, probably because it's more realistic than the other over choreographed stuff you get. Totally agree with Chris on both points! Rumble in the Bronx may have introduced him to the American mainstream market - but only just. It was a p**s poor film. It was actually Rush Hour that gave him access to the mainstream market. But prior to this, he was already a star for martial arts fans, I think (correct me if i'm wrong) he's now starred in more movies than any other actor ever.

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    • apo1978

      Jun 6th 2011, 13:29

      I was hoping that Drunken Master 2 (aka The Legend Of Drunken Master) would at least be in the top 5... :(

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    • Bandit1

      Jun 6th 2011, 13:33

      "Bowfinger" deserves to be in .... if only for the ending scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z08rSISDI3Q

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    • Porkchopexpress

      Jun 6th 2011, 14:22

      I do love Shanghai Noon, but if you can include that then other films are equally applicable, 'Kill Bill 1 & 2', 'Big Trouble In Little China', 'Scott Pilgrim Vs The World' and even 'Equilibrium' has some funky set pieces in amongst the clunky dialogue. I guess though, they're derivative of the films listed above though, not many Kung Fu films of western origin in that list, but that's the nature of Eastern Cinema's legacy and innovation in the genre,

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    • Porkchopexpress

      Jun 6th 2011, 14:23

      I do love Shanghai Noon, but if you can include that then other films are equally applicable, 'Kill Bill 1 & 2', 'Big Trouble In Little China', 'Scott Pilgrim Vs The World' and even 'Equilibrium' has some funky set pieces in amongst the clunky dialogue. I guess though, they're derivative of the films listed above though, not many Kung Fu films of western origin in that list, but that's the nature of Eastern Cinema's legacy and innovation in the genre,

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    • thedude

      Jun 6th 2011, 19:54

      Seriously, where is Drunken Master II? Chan himself said its some of his best work, for shame TF. Also, it may be cliched now but Crouching was epic when it came out, not too mention it has some amazing fight scenes.

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    • joshwinning

      Jun 8th 2011, 8:32

      ^ Cheers McSerious, amended!

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    • Vampyre

      Jun 8th 2011, 12:47

      Im backing Hadouken76 here , Once upon a time in china - amazing scene. Rush hour??? really. Wheres Warrior King??? Theres quite a few others i can name here, certainly not the matrix, tch tch tch for shame. I alsocan see the point that some here are not "Kung Fu" movies, in the tradition of the martial art etc. But obviously Kung Fu is more catchy. I think i good listing would be martial arts movies w/ weapons and martial arts movies without weapons. However this topic is getting more and more difficult, im happy to see Chocolate in here its a fantastic film which i picked up without knowing much about. Think this would be made better with more interactivity, allowing regular readers to put forth cases for each film and finalising the top 50. Im not just talking a vote , becuase thats a poor way of doing it , actual feedback into it i feel. What does everyone else think ? These lists then could be published annually and would lend themseleves asd a guide for anyone wanting to get into these movies. As i would never suggest as a kung fu movie any of the rush hour films , no no no. It would be like suggesting vin diesel as a fine actor.

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    • Vampyre

      Jun 8th 2011, 12:47

      Im backing Hadouken76 here , Once upon a time in china - amazing scene. Rush hour??? really. Wheres Warrior King??? Theres quite a few others i can name here, certainly not the matrix, tch tch tch for shame. I alsocan see the point that some here are not "Kung Fu" movies, in the tradition of the martial art etc. But obviously Kung Fu is more catchy. I think i good listing would be martial arts movies w/ weapons and martial arts movies without weapons. However this topic is getting more and more difficult, im happy to see Chocolate in here its a fantastic film which i picked up without knowing much about. Think this would be made better with more interactivity, allowing regular readers to put forth cases for each film and finalising the top 50. Im not just talking a vote , becuase thats a poor way of doing it , actual feedback into it i feel. What does everyone else think ? These lists then could be published annually and would lend themseleves asd a guide for anyone wanting to get into these movies. As i would never suggest as a kung fu movie any of the rush hour films , no no no. It would be like suggesting vin diesel as a fine actor.

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    • MantisRapture

      Jun 15th 2011, 3:10

      I'm gonna be honest here...I haven't made it past number 49 yet. Shanghai Noon one of the greatest kung fu films ever? Seriously?! I presume this feature was written by someone with a vague knowledge of the genre and an hours worth of research under their belt. I'm intrigued to see what other films are on the list. Charlie's Angels? Spy Kids? I presume you've took the safe choice of putting Enter The Dragon at number 1? I mean, nostalgia wise, yeah, it's actually my favorite film of all time, but there's no way it's a better 'kung-fu film' than 'Legend of a Fighter', '36 Chambers of Shaolin', 'Pedicab Driver', 'Warriors 2', 'Rebellious Reign', 'Shaolin vs Lama'... I'm gonna go through the article now, maybe I'll eat my words...

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    • MantisRapture

      Jun 15th 2011, 3:30

      Okay...not a bad list at all, but I will never forgive you putting Shanghai Noon on this list and not Legend of a Fighter - that s**t is straight classic.

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    • MantisRapture

      Jun 15th 2011, 3:30

      Okay...not a bad list at all, but I will never forgive you for putting Shanghai Noon on this list and not Legend of a Fighter - that s**t is straight classic.

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    • MantisRapture

      Jun 15th 2011, 3:31

      Okay...not a bad list at all, but I will never forgive you for putting Shanghai Noon on this list and not Legend of a Fighter - that s**t is straight classic.

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    • FBEMelin

      Apr 24th 2012, 15:19

      Lots of good stuff on this list--check this post out, it has video too: Top 10 Best Kung Fu Fight Scenes Ever http://www.scene-stealers.com/top-10s/top-10-best-kung-fu-fight-scenes-ever/

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    • eugenerobinson

      Jun 20th 2012, 15:31

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    • joeycorpora

      Aug 15th 2012, 16:10

      Theres a new independent movie coming out called Sins of the Dragon. Its a kung fu fantasy film and a nod to Shaw Brothers flicks. Theres a trailer for it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-t4wFF8-5k&list=UUu59sxJuOkXjSPl2JRlepAA&index=1&feature=plcp

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    • rosscrash

      Aug 23rd 2012, 23:41

      Kung Fu Hustle #27? WTF!? That's one of the best story-driven Kung Fu movies ever. Wow.

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    • sektorhead

      Sep 11th 2012, 8:35

      Kung Fu Comedys are stupid. Watch Five Deadly Venoms and Part 2 = Is The KILLER!

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    • WOLFOICHI

      Sep 12th 2012, 0:40

      BRETT RATNER SHOULD NOT BE ON THIS LIST AT ALL

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    • WOLFOICHI

      Sep 12th 2012, 0:42

      THIS LIST LOSES CREDIBILITY JUST ON HAVING TWO OF JACKIES WORST FILMS ON IT. ALL OF HIS AMERICAN STUFF IS DUMBED DOWN FOR A PRETEEN AUDIENCE...SMH.

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    • rahbshprinjer

      Feb 10th 2013, 8:33

      Why are there so many Sammo Hung and Jackie Chan movies on here? What a couple of d******ses.

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    • michaelharrison

      Apr 12th 2013, 16:52

      Where is Azumi ?

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    • true77

      Jul 29th 2013, 0:41

      What happened to 7 Grandmasters,36 Deadly Styles,or Mystery of Chessboxing aka Ninja Checkmate? Need to re-evaluate this list if you forgot these 3 epic movies

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