What are your top 5 martial arts movies? Here’s my list in no specific order:
- Drunken Tai Chi
- Tai Chi Master (aka Twin Warriors)
- The Karate Kid
- 5 Masters of Death
- Best of the Best
I have the fondest childhood memories of Drunken Tai Chi. This one stars Donnie Yen and is a comedy to boot! One of my cousins would often turn down the volume and make up his own dialogue in the movie, which was quite funny. I really love the taiji training sequence, even demonstrating the illusive ‘bird in hand’ technique in which one is so skilled and sensitive that a bird cannot take flight!
Ahh.. Tai Chi Master with Jet Li. This one is awesome how it shows some pretty cool taiji fighting techniques of really using your opponent’s force against them. It shows Jet Li doing some of the Yang 24 form in addition to what appears to be a very stylized wushu version of the Chen 56 competition set.
The Karate Kid.. what can I say about this? I’ve actually written about this movie before. This is one of those movies that I will always watch whenever it’s on TV even though my wife really hates it! Fond memories of watching Daniel-San doing the crane and overcoming all challenges! Definitely one of those inspirational films.
5 Masters of Death was one of those movies that was always on ‘USA’s Kung Fu Theatre” when I was growing up. The basic plot is about a group of 5 students looking for the traitor of shaolin after the temple gets burned down. All the secret hand shakes, tea ceremony sequences and bad-a$$ style call-outs make this a classic. “Ahh.. I see you’re doing the tiger style. Well, your tiger style is no match for my dragon style!” This is one of those movies that is often sampled in the Wu-Tang Clan albums if you listen closely 🙂
Best of the Best just rocks! Sure, it contains the cheesy b-actor, Eric Roberts, but he was the bomb in this movie. This is one of those inspirational dramas that just makes one feel happy. The fight sequences are awesome, the storyline is awesome and definitely a must see!
What are your top 5 Martial Arts movies? Feel free to either comment here or on your own blog with a link back to this original post!
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