The 100 Best Martial Arts Movies of All Time

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2022 Jun 06

Fighting, whether sanctioned or no-holds-barred, is without a doubt the oldest form of competition that mankind has ever engaged in. At times, it has been a necessary tool of survivalkill or be killedand that proved an extremely effective motivation and crucible for enhancing mankinds fighting prowess. Technology rapidly came into play and has been seen out to its inevitable conclusion, which removes man from the equation almost entirely. Today, robotic drones are poised to do much of our fighting for uswhether we ultimately end up in ascenario where wars are decided by giant mech battles is a valid (and awesome) question.

And yet, despite all of our sophistication and technology, we still fight by hand as well. Some is driven by necessity. Others fight professionally, and have only continued to expand the complete picture of what a fighter is. Look at the exponential growth in sophistication from the early days of mixed martial arts to how the sport has become in 2015, going from big guys winging punches at one another to a beautiful, scientific system of mixed grappling and striking styles. The audience has never been bigger, because on some level, we love fighting, if only because it reminds us of our most primal roots that have long been shelved and put aside by civilization.

And nowhere is appreciation for the beauty of fighting more apparent than in the wide, storied genre of martial arts cinema. Violence is the selling point of these films, but seeing as that violence is achieved through trickery, stunt work and movie magic, its not truly the audiences bloodlust that drives the industry. Its an appreciation for the beauty of violence, a reminder of the exceptional abilities derived through training and a celebration of ancient, classical storytelling, in the vein of Avenge me! No genre reveres classic themes as this one does, because at their root they speak to us like cinematic comfort food, and they provide excuses for what people have really wanted to see all along: The action.

And so, let us celebrate the martial arts genre from its top to its bottom, old and new. Epic and modest. Comedic and tragic. Grave and absurd, all represented in equal measure. These films contain many wondrous sights: Monks training their bodies to repel bullets. Men with prosthetic iron hands shooting poison darts. Flying heads. Incredibly silly ninja costumes. Its all here.

But please note: Dont look forSeven Samurai,YojimboorThe Sword of Doomhere. Although theyre all great films, we wanted this list to focus squarely on our conception of martial arts cinema, which has little in common with a great samurai drama by Akira Kurosawa. These films are action-packed fighting spectacles, but above all, theyre just plain fun.

Here are the 100 best martial arts movies of all time:

This is a list of the 100 greatest martial arts films of all time, but at the tail end, let us make a small space for those flicks that areenjoyablebut unquestionably of extremely low quality. And oh my,Ninja Terminatoris certainly that. Perhaps the single most infamous film in the legendarily cheap career of Hong Kong z-film auteur Godfrey Ho, it displays most of his trademarksprimarily footage from multiple, unrelated movies spliced together to create a sort of movie loaf of unrelated fight scenes and nonsensical dubbing. Half of the movie revolves around American actor Richard Harrison seeking a cheap plastic statue that grants super ninja powers, while an unrelated plot features one of screendoms great badass heroes, Jaguar Wong, vs.some guy in a bizarre blonde wig. At this point, you may be thinking It will make more sense when Im actually watching, but you would be fatally wrong. All in all, though,Ninja Terminatoris hilariously mangled viewing.Jim Vorel

By the end of the 70s, Hong Kong kung fu cinema had reached the apex of its classical period and began to fork paths wildly, hurtling down a road of ever-increasing decadence and, finally, absurdity. One of the main offshoots were films in the vein ofBattle Wizard, which combined a hodgepodge of Eastern and Western mysticism and magic into stories that otherwise resemble classic period piece kung fu films. The result is like throwing several movies in a blender and just hitting pureeflying wizards hurling lightning bolts, ghosts, monsters vs. the flying fists of proud kung fu warriors. The only way to truly understand is to justwitness a few minutesof a film likeBattle Wizard. Is that a kung fu-fighting guy in a gorilla suit? Yep. A fire-breathing wizard with extendable wooden chicken legs? Sure. A man swallowing a glowing frog whole? Of course. This isBattle Wizard, fool.J.V.

You will quickly suss out that a lot of the fun-bad movies at the bottom of the list are ninja-centric: This is not a coincidence. In the 1980s, ninjas came into the vogue as bad movie villains du jour in both American and cheap z-grade Chinese cinema, even though the depiction had pretty much nothing to do with historical ninjitsu. On the positive side, it gave usTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. On the negative, the likes ofNinja III: The Domination, but few of these films are as campily bad as this one. The story revolves around an aerobics instructor (all women in 80s films are aerobics instructors) who is possessed by the spirit of an evil ninja who can only be defeated in one-on-one ninja combat. Soon, swords are levitating, exorcisms are happening, and a hapless executive just trying to have a nice round of golf finds himselfhunted by bloodthirsty golf ninjas.J.V.

Certainly one of the weirdest co-studio crossovers to come out of the 70s,Legend of the 7 Golden Vampiresis the product of veteran Hong Kong kung fu factory The Shaw Brothers teaming up with Hammer Studios, the makers of classic British 50s and 60sFrankensteinandDraculafilms. In fact, this is actually the final Hammer Dracula in their long series, and the only one to (thank god) not star Christopher Lee as the count. Instead, the inane story is about Dracula traveling to rural China, where he takes control of a coven of seven Chinese vampires with desiccated, beef jerky faces. A 61-year-old Peter Cushing returns to the series as heroic Van Helsing to give one more go of it, but because his brittle bones werent capable of much more than standing at that point, hes also backed up by a family of kung-fu brothers with cheap tin-foil weaponry. This led to the films hilarious American title:The Seven Brothers and Their One Sister Meet Dracula. Catchy!J.V.

Late 80s? Check. Motorcycle-riding taekwondo synth rock bands? Check. Ninja drug smuggler gangs? Thats a big check.Miami Connectionis one of the most deliriously entertaining and inexplicable films to ever disappear for a few decades before being rediscovered, as it blissfully was by The Alamo Drafthouse in the late 2000s. This alternatingly sincere and conceited vanity project was a labor of love from Y.K. Kim, a taekwondo proponent and motivational speaker who really seemed to believe that his film about positivity, music and severed limbs would help clean up the streets. It most assuredly failed at this, but on the plus side it gave us incredible, genuinely catchy songs likeFriends Foreverand the spectacle of Y.K. Kim pretending he knows how to play guitar.J.V.

Martial arts is a sprawling, overarching film genre that encompasses several large offshoots and dozens of very niche micro-genres. How niche? Well, niche enough to support the term cripsploitation for movies likeCrippled Masters. Unlike other films of the period that often portrayed otherwise able-bodied actors as handicapped fighters, however,Crippled Mastersstars two genuinely handicapped peoplea man with no arms and a man with no legs. They both play kung fu students who are crippled by their cruel master and train for years before seeking their revenge. I wont lie to youits a genuinely disturbing flick to watch at times, but theres some legit physical talent on display. And to answer the obvious question: Yes, the guy with no legs eventually sits on the shoulders of the guy with no arms to form a Voltron-like super fighter. Obviously. -J.V.

Ah, direct-to-video martial arts. Few genres are so direct in appeasing their fan-base: Theres no attempted subterfuge about who the audience is here. The men who watch these flicks arent watching for the story; theyre watching for the action, and action is the bar by which theyre all judged. In this,Undisputed 2delivers thanks to its dual stars, Michael Jai White and Scott Adkins. The story is a half-serious attempt at sequelizing the 2002 Wesley Snipes/Ving Rhames prison boxing movie, but in reality this is simply name appropriation by a director who wanted to make a flashy martial arts flick. Michael Jai White plays a boxer fighting for his freedom, but once again: Doesnt matter. You know what does matter? Spin-kicks. Spin-kicks and broken legs and slow-motion spin-kicks.J.V.

As it turns out, the breakout character ofUndisputed 2is actually the Russian villain Boyka, who here takes on the hero role. This sequel makes even less of an attempt to hide its desire to simply be a collection of individual fight scenes, and that actually makes for an even more entertaining exercise in film violence. It features that greatest of martial arts structuring devices: The tournament. Ever sinceEnter the Dragon, its been the premiere way of showcasing random fights without having to muck around with plot, and thats what this film is all about. The tournament gives Boyka a variety of fighters with different styles to contend against, and we continue to be rewarded with theUndisputedseries primary export:Absurdly impractical and undeniably beautiful spin-kicks.J.V.

Have you ever seen someone dress as a ninja for Halloween? Or any ninja costume in general? If so, you pretty much haveEnter the Ninjato thank. This is a genuinely terrible film, but a hugely influential and entertaining one as well. It is, in short, the film that firmly established most of the iconic ninja tropes in the Westthe stereotypical black, masked outfits, the throwing stars, the katanas. Also notable as perhaps the first of the This guys white, he cant be a true ninja! films, which would be copied incessantly for years. Its also notable for introducing Sho Kosugi to an American audience, the guy who would go on to become the iconic ninja in nearly a dozen other films.Enter the Ninjamight well be one of the most imitated films of the entire 1980s.J.V.

One thing no one can fault Tsui Hark for is his boundless ambition, which is why, next to Stephen Chow, Harks contributions to the canon of martial arts films are some of its biggest and most confusingly bloated.Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountainmay be the ballsiest of all of the Hong Kong directors epic feats, an attempt to wed the action flicks of his home with the kind of big budget fantasy pieces beloved by Western audiences in the 80s, and later made ubiquitous by directors like Jim Henson and Wolfgang Peterson. Although practically incomprehensible at times,Zutakes a standard mythological storythat of gods who inhabit a mountain fortress-like home and, in the process of defending that home from a benevolent enemy, take in a wayward but stubbornly idealistic mortaland stuffs it with enough special effects to choke even the most dedicated workhorse of a fan. Gelatinous skull spirits and metal wing capes and weird asteroids where wiggly souls are reborn: best to let it just happen. That Tsui Hark also tapped into the core of what makes the goofiest martial arts films tick is something that, more than 30 years later, is still a testament to a director who made a film more veteran directors wouldnt touch with a 10-foot, bamboo, 8-diagram-nurtured pole.Dom Sinacola

This is what happens when American audiences seeEnter the Ninjaand ask Could the ninja be more American? And can we do away with the dubbing? Still produced by Golan-Globus, it takes the ninja story and gives it a corny American twistour hero is now Private Joe Armstrong, who chooses to enlist in the U.S. Army rather than go to prison and finds himself fighting off ninjas on a base in the Philippines. Ask any Filipinothose islands are rife with ninja. You cant swing a nunchuck in the Philippines without hitting a ninja, Im telling you. It was followed by four sequels and an unrelated movie calledAmerican Samuraifrom the same director because hey, why the hell not. Youre gonna want to showcase Michael Dudikoff as much as you canHEPOSSESS GREAT SKILLS, after all.J.V.

Many of the films so far have been profoundly 80s, butOnly the Strongisthe early 90s. It feels like theFull Houseof martial arts films, chock full of positivity, smiling, day-glo colors and life-lessons galore. Showcasing the dance-infused Brazilian martial art of capoeira, it stars futureIron Chefchairman Mark Dacascos as a soldier-turned-teacher who must clean up an exceedingly rowdy class of inner-city neer do wells by teaching them self-worth and occasionally by punching them in the face. Its like an after-school special collided with a kung fu movie. The incredibly oily, metrosexual villain Silverio is particularly memorableI love that the thing to send him into a rage in the final battle is having part of his luxurious, flowing haircut off by a sword swipe. Thank god Marks students are there to sing a catchy tune and fill him with fighting spirit!J.V.

Classic Hong Kong kung fu in style but somewhat unusual in its delivery,Mystery of Chessboxingis the sort of film that was churned out of China in the 70s, many of which are now forgotten. A protagonist seeking revenge for his slain father is the stuff of kung fu clich, but the flick does manage to stand out for a couple of reasons. First is the odd form of kung fu that the hero learns, which takes its cues from the movements of Xiangqi, also called Chinese chess. Second (and most importantly) is the films villain, the epically titled Ghost-Faced Killer, who hunts his targets before throwing down a decorative ghost-faced killing plate and dispatching them with his trademark Five Elements style. The name is of course the inspiration for Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah, who also appears on their kung fu song Da Mystery of Chessboxin.J.V.

Apparently 1990 was the year big puffy guys practicing karate won over the hearts of America. A massive box office success, but an equally massive critical failure,Hard To Killbasically solidified Steven Seagal as an inexplicable Hollywood goldmine. How this came about is perhaps one of cinemas greatest modern mysteries, because watching Steven Seagal slowly fight bad guys, pretend hes in a coma, pretend hes waking from a coma, pretend hes training through two separate montages, pretend hes a buff, sexy Lothario through two separate love scenes (two uncomfortably handsy love scenes), and then, in a legitimately disturbing final scene, wherein Mega Creep Seagal derives sinister pleasure out of hunting down the Senator who murdered his wife, pretends that he is literally hard to kill, a specter of a man haunting evildoers dreams. There is absolutely nothing impressive about Steven Seagal as an actor, let alone as a martial artistthere is only weirdness. Relentless, excessive weirdness. And yetwatchability. And the closest well ever get to seeing Seagal without a shirt. And one-liners. So many one-liners.D.S.

A 3D spectacle down to its fat nuts and bolts,Tai Chi Zerorecognizes no bounds, no lines, and no walls preventing it from being anythingand everythingit wants to be. A breathless mess of steampunk, underground comics, slapstick, farce, historical romance, and top hats, all duct-taped to a restless skeleton of fantasy cinema,Tai Chi Zerohas its precisely placed thumbs in pretty much every proverbial pie. A proper heir to Stephen Chows broadly imagined kung fu world, Fung is a filmmaker who seems limitless in potential. Stay tuned: hisKickboxerreboot emerges later this year. Theres no doubt hell kill it.D.S.

Set in an alternate universe where the Three Stooges were down-on-their-luck monks and kung fu nothing more than a silly distraction from more lucrative adult matters,Shaolin Soccersomehowbetween impromptu dance numbers, confusing body dynamics, self-help homilies, a whole lot of hilarious screaming, and an utter commitment to CGItells a warm-hearted tale about how martial arts is so much more than a way to kick your enemies in the face really hard. Its a way of life. As such, Stephen Chow shines, suffusing every shot and every bit of visual minutiae with the unbridled excitement of both those who make action flicks and those who adoringly watch them. Though hed later go on to perfect his madcap brand of big-budget, beat-em-up fantasy,Shaolin Socceris nearly perfect as an example of a martial arts film that seems to exist on its own space-time continuum.D.S.

Akin more to a creepingchambaraflick or a meditative piece of kung-fu canon than cash-grabbing kids fodder, the first live-action attempt at a Ninja Turtles movie now seemsafter decades of reboots and big-budget spectacles geared at children but tailored to functionally no one (as any movie Michael Bay produces typically is)a movie worthy of its workmanlike martial arts action. Once you get past the explicitly turtle-based finishing moves (like the shell-smushing knock-outs) and the Dominos Pizza plugs, whats left is a brooding narrative and surprisingly extended, unadorned fight scenes. AlthoughTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtlesis still staunchly a product of its time (featuring a young, greasy Sam Rockwell as Head Thug, no less), its also a handsome, even appealingly gritty film, shot with sepia filters and samurai silhouettes, and threaded throughout by the kinds of panoramic melees that all these years later M. Night Shyamalan attempted withThe Last Airbenderand then failed. Look especially to the brawl in Aprils familys antique shop to witness how four grown men in turtle costumesthat have gotta weigh a toncombatting a bunch of ninjas can best serve director Barrons unexpected talent at flushing out visual space in order to make a dead premise feelseriouslylived in. Plus, this marks the only time youll ever find Corey Feldman on a list like this.D.S.

This is the first film on the list both directed by prolific kung fu auteur Chang Cheh and starringthe Venom Mob, but there will be several more. The Venom Mob were a group of Shaw Brothers martial artists who rose to fame in the late 70s and became some of the biggest stars in their business for several years.Sword Stained With Royal Bloodis one of their minor classics, but displays many of the classic trademarks, with beautifully choreographed action sequences, wonderful athleticism and a mix of different physical styles. The story is a bit of a sprawling coming-of-age tale about an exiled young boy who must train in kung fu and one day confront his fathers betrayersclassic kung fu stuff. Expect flying swords and acrobatics galore.J.V.

As much romance as martial arts,The Bride With White Hairis nonetheless filled with ultra-stylized, gory, head-scratching mayhem. In some sense, it has aRomeo and Juliettinge of doomed lovers, if those lovers had the ability to fly and attack people with prehensile hair. The title character is a young woman who undergoes a terrible transformation when rejected by her lover, using her newfound powers to seek out those who have wronged her. The whole thing is shot in a very gauzy style with cold colors and odd, unnatural lighting that makes it feel like an especially vivid nightmare. Its a film that waffles between silly melodrama and even sillier action at the drop of a hat, which is something one can often find in thewuxiamartial arts subgenre where this at least partially resides. Its difficult to define, butwuxiafilms typically feature this sort of mix of historical swashbuckling and romance over the training and fistfights of other martial arts movies.J.V.

InEquilibrium, Taye Diggs plays a future fascist law enforcement officer named Brandt, and near the climax of the film, Brandtgets his face cut off. Thats his whole face, impeccably separated from his head, hair- to jaw-line. This follows a kind of lightning-quick, future samurai sword fight in which Christian Bales character, the heroically named John Preston, has singlehandedly massacred his way, gun in one hand and sword in the other, through one law enforcement officer after another, determined to wrench humanity from the binds of a totalitarian state that has outlawedyou guessed itfeelings. Much like Taye Diggs face,Equilibriumis quite pretty in its action, very symmetrical. But also like his face, the fact that I just gave away a meaty part of the climax should be easily disconnected from whether or not you should still watchEquilibrium. You should: its all as simultaneously bonkers and well-mannered as the moment in which Taye Diggs face slides off the front of his head like salami from a meat slicer.D.S.

Ralph Macchios crane-legged Karate Kid would become an icon of the 80s, as would Pat Morita as Mr. Miyagi, the sensei who trains the bullied Daniel LaRusso in martial arts. Although many of the scenes can feel a little worn and trope-laden, thats mostly due to how much the film has been copied in the years since its release. It was the sort of feature that defined karate to an entire generation of young kids and must have inspired countless dojo openings and yellow belt ceremonies. It also features one of the great villains of 80s cinema in the merciless Cobra Kai coach, Sensei John Kreese: Sweep the leg, Johnny.Josh Jackson

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Like an unofficial sequel to 1988sBloodsportbut more a refining than a new adventure for that movies Frank Dux (Jean-Claude Van Damme)Kickboxeris meatier, meaner, and sweatier than its comparatively tame predecessor. In the course of two years, Van Damme had starred in four action films, his less dependable two (Black Eagleand the confoundingCyborg) sandwiched between a pair of nearly identical films that pretty much soldered Van Dammes fully-formed cinematic persona to his blocky, unblemished, well-bred Belgian forehead. It could be said that every Van Damme movie is pretty much one Van Damme movie, butKickboxerclaims that this idea isnt such a bad one. If time is just a flat circle, let us relish the moment that Van Dammes mutantly macho Kurt Sloane high-kicks the smarmy grin off the face of psychotic rapist Tong Po (Michel Qissi)over and over and over again, as if it were only the first time.D.S.

The martial arts genre has room for all kindsserious and light-hearted, mature and family friendly.The Cave of Silken Webis technically supposed to be the latter, but wow, is it surreal to watch. A take on the famous Journey to the West story (which will come up again on this list), its about a monk on a long journey with his protectors, who include a pig man and the Monkey King, who looks pretty much as you would expect. The villains are spider demons who take the guise of attractive women and scheme to achieve eternal life by eating the pure flesh of the monk. Theres even a musical number by the spider women about how they cant wait to eat this guypretty damn weird stuff, but oddly compelling. Like many other Shaw Brothers films of the period, the production values are actually pretty high and the color photography really pops.J.V.

A hilariously sincere American cheese-fest,Best of the Bestis essentiallyCool Runnings, except the stakes are a life-and-death martial arts tournament against that evil foreign superpower we all love so much: Korea. Its a story about an American team of martial artists thrown together from the dregs of societytheyre a ragtag bunch of misfits! Theres the street fighter from Detroit, the guy whos a cowboy for some reason, the grizzled veteran/widower, and, of course, the young kid seeking vengeance for the death of his brother at the hand of the Korean leader, who, I shit you not, wears an eyepatch while fighting. The ending in particular is pure schmaltz: Rather than give in to hate and kill his opponent in the ring, our hero lets Team Korea win to keep his honor. And then the Koreans apologize, hand the Americans their medals,and everyone hugs it out. With James Earl Jones as the coach who yells stuff!J.V.

By 1982, Jackie Chan was fairly well known to Hong Kong audiences as an ascendant performer who, along with the likes of Sammo Hung, was introducing a new dimension of comedic martial arts films. An absolutely superior athlete and stunt coordinator, he had already starred in more traditional kung fu comedies such as the originalDrunken Master, and was now experimenting with expanding his stunt action sequences in a period setting. The fanatical director brought an insane work ethic to projects such asDragon Lord, which quite honestly features one of the more silly, childlike premises in the genres history: Chans character gets mixed up with a bunch of thugs after the kite hes flying accidentally gets away from him and lands in their headquarters. Its absolutely absurd, but the stunt work is Chan at his hyperkinetic best.J.V.

The details of Bruce Lees life tend to be contentious, and his philosophies interpreted to serve the ends of whomever is examining them, butDragon: The Bruce Lee Storydoes a good job of simply celebrating the life of the most famous martial artist of all time. Jason Scott Lee is inherently likable as Bruce, in a story that spans from his childhood to his time in the United States and breakthrough on American television inThe Green Hornet. The film is unfortunately tinged with tragedy, both from Lees death at 32 and that of his son Brandon at 28 on the set ofThe Crow, only two months before its release. Nevertheless, it was received well and manages to come off as more of a loving tribute than an attempt to profiteer on Lees name.J.V.

Sequel structure wasnt all that well-defined in kung fu cinema, and it was sometimes difficult to tell which films were supposed to be direct references to others, especially for American audiences. Case in point:Dance of the Drunk Mantisis essentially a sequel of sorts to the classicDrunken Master, not because Jackie Chans character is in it but because of the returning Yuen Siu-tien, who played his master, Beggar So. Turns out, this guy ran out on his family, and he returns to find a new, adoptive son called Foggy. When a challenger shows up using an imposing Drunk Mantis style and threatens Beggar So, Foggy has to learn an entirely new style of kung fu referred to as sickness boxing to counter the movements of the unpredictable, drunk-style fighters. Its a classic showcase ofdrunken kung fu movements, which always strike a beautiful balance between bawdy humor and delicate ballet.J.V.

The Last Dragonis the funniest martial arts movie youve likely never seen, an outrageous blend of kung fu and blaxploitation movie tropes fused into the tale of Bruce Leroy, the titular last dragon. Underappreciated in its day as a hilarious satire on multiple genres, the film has now become a bona fide cult classic, especially for the amazing villain ShoNuff, the self-proclaimed Shogun of Harlem. Theres no other way to say it: ShoNuff is one of the greatest film villains of all time. As astyle icon and source of one-liners, few can compare. Theres absolutely nothing serious aboutThe Last Dragon, but for students of the genre its a magical diversion for a movie night with friends.J.V.

In his second go directing a script penned by futurist action maestro Luc Besson, Louis Leterrier strikes absurd gold by telling the story of a street-fighting orphan (Jet Li) whos raised by the mob to be an attack dog. Wrapping an ageless Lis neck with a dog collar and watching the veteran Hong Kong star medievally pound the living daylights out of one unfortunate henchman after another, Letterier casts Bob Hoskins as the mob boss behind Lis enslavement; Hoskins, bless him, is totally devoted to the boundless evil his Irish character affords him, making Jet Lis fightliterallyfor his freedom a truly odd thing to behold. In classic Besson fashion, unrelenting fight scenes are punctuated by painful schmaltz, but what compensates for a lagging middle sectionin which Li learns how to be a real person from a too-well-suited Morgan Freeman (playing a wise, old blind manseriously)is Lis surprisingly touching charm as the socially awkward but physically unmatched bearer of tragic circumstances. Of course, in the wrong light, the whole thing couldve been an offensive fluke, but the absolute commitment of everyone involved elevatesUnleashedto the status of overlooked, undeniably bat-shit action classic.D.S.

Clan of the White Lotusis pure, vintage kung fu, and excellent, archetypal film that is only bumped down the list slightly because its practically a remake of the earlierExecutioners from Shaolinin most respects. The great Gordon Liu stars as a monk out for revenge (naturally), but its really the villain, Priest White Lotus, who steals the show. Portrayed by director Lo Lieh, he projects such a perfect sense of menace and sheer invincibility that Liu has to train in multiple new and inventive styles to even stand a chance. Its a great film of progression, as the repeated battles between the two show the evolution in Lius technique as he attempts to assail the stone wall that is White Lotus. Visually, it looks exactly like what a novice would picture in his or her head when someone says kung fu movie.J.V.

Kung fu movies can sometimes come off as weirdly compartmentalized between humor and really dramatic, serious action. Such is the case with Sammo HungsThe Victim. In typical Hung fashion, he plays