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Offline hunter

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BEST Martial Arts Flicks (add to the list)
« on: November 22, 2005, 07:52:12 PM »
Not necessarily in order...
(Additions to the list should reflect obvious quality of martial arts in films,
as well as significance of film on the martial art community and the genre,
or some quality like inspiration, philosophy or training techniques imparted.
Taking your word for it that the film recommendation is sincere and not a joke:)


1)  Enter the Dragon
2)  Return of the Dragon / aka Way of the Dragon
3)  Fists of Fury / aka The Big Boss
4)  Chinese Connection
5)  Hero
6)  Above the Law
7)  Blood Sport
8)  Karate Kid
9)  Rocky V
10)  From Russia with Love
11)  Goldfinger
12)  Perfect Weapon
13) Transporter
14) Last Samurai
15) No Retreat, No Surrender
16) Bourne Identity
17) Hard to Kill
18) Double Impact
19) Marked for Death
20) Circle of Iron / aka Silent Flute
21) Kung Fu (1972 tv series)
22) You Only Live Twice
23) Kill Bill
24) Rapid Fire
25) Only The Strong
26) The Matrix
27) Drunken Master
28) Ong-Bak --The Thai Warrior
29) Croaching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
30) Game of Death (documentary version in Warrior's Journey)
31) Legend of Drunken Master
32) American Ninja 2
33) Hidden Fortress
34) Red Beard
35) Seven Samurai
36) Yojimbo
37) 47 Ronin
38) Kickboxer
39) Kickboxer 5
40) Blood on the Sun (1945)
41) House of Flying Daggers
42) Mask of Zorro
43) Lone Wolf McQuade
44) Operation CIA
45) Sands of Iwo Jima
46) Sanjuro
47) Rob Roy
48) Red Sun Rising
49) Showdown in Little Tokyo
50) Ran
51) Kagemusha / Shadow Warrior
52) Iron Monkey
53) Once Upon a Time in China
54) Once Upon a Time in China  2
55) Wing Chun (1994)
56) Black Mask
57) Kiss of The Dragon
58) Tai Chi Master
59) American Samurai
60) Rumble in The Bronx
61) Blade
62) Blade  2
63) Five Deadly Venoms / Pick Your Poison
64) The Killing Machine / Shorinji Kempo
65) Who Am I ?
66) Shaolin Temple (1981)
67) Sharky's Machine
68) The One
69) Romeo Must Die
70) Crying Freedom
71) Billy Jack
72) "Remo Williams"
73) Kentucky Fried Movie (Bong Soo Han section)
74) The Young Master
75) Last of the Mohicans
76) Far and Away
77) Great White Hope
78) Ali
79) When We Were Kings  (boxing documentary)
80) Power of One
81) American Gladiators (documentary, with Ed Parker's team)
82) Rocky (original movie in the film series)
83) Fist of Legend  (Jet Li)
84) Twilight Samurai
85) Zatoichi -- Blind Swordsman (film series)
86) Blood Fist (film series with Don "Dragon" Wilson)
87) Zatoichi vs. Yojimbo
88) Rocky IV
89) Million Dollar Baby
90) Cinderella Man
91) Raging Bull
92) Force Ten from Navarone  (knife fight sequence)
93) Tomorrow Never Dies
94) Star Wars - episode 5 / Empire Strikes Back (Yoda scenes)
95) Star Wars - episode 2 / Attack of the Clones
96) Star Wars - episode 1 / Phantom Menace  (Darth Maul)
97) Best of the Best
98) Empty Mind (documentary --- Budo Films)
99) The Winning Blow (documentary --- Tamashi Press)
100)  300 Spartans
101) "Napoleon Dynamite"
102) Elektra
103) Daredevil
104) Blind Fury
105) Pacific Connection
106) Sticks of Death
107) Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
108) Rage of Honor (Rothrock)
109) China O'Brien (Rothrock)
110) Roadhouse
111) Warriors
112) The Hunted
113) Equilibrium
114) Bride with White Hair
115) The Osterman Weekend
116) Raiders of the Lost Ark / Indiana Jones
117) Ronin
118) "Choke" (documentary, Rickson Gracie)
119) The Deceivers
120) The Fourth Protocol
121) Green Berets
122) Where Eagles Dare
123) Navy Seals
124) Sand Pebbles
125) 55 Days at Peking
126) Maximum Risk
127) Four Musketeers
128) The Shadow
129) Darkman
130) True Lies
131) Highlander
132) The Saint
133) Total Recall
134) Ipcress File
135) Funeral in Berlin
136) Bullet to Beijing
137) Get Carter
138) Jigsaw Man
139) Dark of the Sun / Mercenaries
140) Wild Geese
141) Wild Wild West (60s tv series)
142) Star Trek (60s tv series)
143) The Saint (60s tv series)
144) I Spy (60s tv series)
145) Man from UNCLE (60s tv series)
146) Iron and Silk
147) Dragon, The Bruce Lee Story
148) Kill or Be Killed  (James Ryan)
149) Kill and Kill Again (ibid)
150) Where Eagles Dare (Ranger-Commando Clint Eastwood)
151) Black Belt Jones (Jim Kelly)
152) Jet Li - the Enforcer
153) Delta Force
154) Cradle 2 the Grave  (Jet Li / Mark Dacascos)
155) Good Guys Wear Black
156) Gladiator  (Russell Crowe)
157) Vision Quest  (wrestling)
158) Reversal (wrestling)
159) By the Sword (fencing)
160) Mark of Zorro
161) Mark of Zorro
162) Hard Times (Charles Bronson)
163) Transporter 2
164) Girlfight  (obstacles overcome)
165) Fight Club
166) Lone Wolf and Cub : Sword of Vengence  (intense samurai action)
167) Ghost Warrior (samuari unfrozen in modern era)
168) The Quest
169) Yellow Sky (western, 1948 - Peck/Widmark)
170) Arrowhead (western, 1953 - Heston/Palance)
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Re: BEST Martial Arts Flicks (add to the list)
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2005, 08:08:41 PM »
Ong-Bak, Thai Warrior

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Re: BEST Martial Arts Flicks (add to the list)
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2005, 11:12:49 PM »
Fist of Legend---Jet Li

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Offline Stan Kristovich

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Re: BEST Martial Arts Flicks (add to the list)
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2005, 02:41:58 AM »
One of the best things about Karate Kid is the fact that it's more about the spirit of the martial arts than about fighting itself.  About defeating the enemies within, along with those without . . .
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Re: BEST Martial Arts Flicks (add to the list)
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2005, 08:13:40 AM »
The Perfect Weapon
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Re: BEST Martial Arts Flicks (add to the list)
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2005, 08:36:42 AM »
Another good film is the Twilight Samurai. Also, the Blind Swordsman Serries (Satoichi)
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Re: BEST Martial Arts Flicks (add to the list)
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2005, 09:40:37 AM »
Another good film is the Twilight Samurai. Also, the Blind Swordsman Serries (Satoichi)
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I thought that it was Zatoichi
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Re: BEST Martial Arts Flicks (add to the list)
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2005, 10:38:36 AM »
The list has been added to.
Keep it going!
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Re: BEST Martial Arts Flicks (add to the list)
« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2005, 12:30:08 PM »
Napolian Dynamite ;)  I'm sure we've all met someone who reminded us of the founder of "Rex Kwon Do".
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Re: BEST Martial Arts Flicks (add to the list)
« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2005, 01:19:51 PM »
I knew it was an ichi, I just didn't remember which ichi!!!!
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Re: BEST Martial Arts Flicks (add to the list)
« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2005, 01:35:21 PM »
Too many to name but here's a couple more...

"The Hunted" with Tommy Lee Jones and Benicio Del Toro has some of the best blade material from the American Cinema.

"The Warriors" since it deplicts street-fighting.

"Roadhouse" for barroom brawling.

"China O'Brien" and "Rage and Honor" has Cynthia Rothrock, a Kaju woman.

"Cradle to Grave" since it provides a nice contract between fancy moves and down-and-dirty moves.

"Pacific Connection" and "Sticks of Death" with Roland Dantes helped to renew interest in Filipino Martial Arts.

"Choke" is a good documentary about Rickson Gracie.

"Equilibrium" is interesting as it featured a gun kata.

"Blind Fury" has a blind Vietnam Vet with a samurai sword.

"Bride with White Hair" is a good Chinese film.

"Daredevil" and "Elektra" feature martial arts from the comic book genre.
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Re: BEST Martial Arts Flicks (add to the list)
« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2005, 01:47:21 PM »
That's the point of this list...
There's usually a feeling of TOO MANY TO LIST...
So, here's a chance for us to get the best down on a list....
Just keep updating the list !!!

Thanks for the additions ~
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Re: BEST Martial Arts Flicks (add to the list)
« Reply #12 on: November 23, 2005, 02:10:03 PM »
Amen, Professor Bishop, Napolean Dynamite was an awesome movie. BOW TO YOUR SENSEI!!! I need to get gi pants like that...
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Re: BEST Martial Arts Flicks (add to the list)
« Reply #13 on: November 25, 2005, 10:01:45 PM »
Are ALL these in the last list recently added
actual movies of significance?

Wow.
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Re: BEST Martial Arts Flicks (add to the list)
« Reply #14 on: November 28, 2005, 10:35:25 AM »
Iron and Silk With Grand Master Pan Xing Fu