10 Best Asian Kung Fu Movies

Tuesday, April 5 by Annette Smith

Today’s most popular martial arts films include the ten best Asian kung fu movies featured here. Each movie has a number of action-packed fight scenes, and the kung f fighting is their main appeal and entertainment value. This list highlights several newer releases as well as a few old favorites, arranged alphabetically by film title.

  1. “Chocolate.” “Chocolate,” also known as “Fury,” is a 2008 Thai martial arts film directed by Prachya Pinkaew. This kung fu flick tells of an autistic woman with amazing fighting skills who seeks to settle her mother’s debts by hunting the gangs who owe her money. JeeJa Yanin, Hiroshi Abe, and Pongpat Wachirabunjong star in the film.
  2. “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” is a Chinese-language martial arts movie released in 2000. Originally titled “Wo hu cang long,” the story tells of two warriors, a fugitive, and a teenage girl in search of missing treasure. Directed by Ang Lee, the film stars Yun-Fat Chow, Michelle Yeoh, and Ziyi Zhang.
  3. “Enter The Dragon.” “Enter The Dragon” is a classic kung fu movie. The 1973 Hong Kong-United States martial arts film was directed by Robert Clouse. This story of a Shaolin kung fu artist and undercover spy stars Bruce Lee, John Saxon, and Kien Shih.
  4. “The Forbidden Kingdom.” “The Forbidden Kingdom,” known in Hong Kong as “King Of Kung Fu,” is a 2008 fantasy adventure film. It centers on an American teenager who joins a band of martial arts warriors to save an imprisoned Chinese king. Jackie Chan stars in the film, along with Jet Li and Michael Angarano.
  5. “Heroes Of The East.” “Heroes Of The East,” originally titled “Zhong hua zhang fu,” is an Asian action drama released in 1979. Also known as “Challenge Of The Ninja,” the movie features Japanese martial arts as well as typical Hong Kong kung fu. Directed by Chia-Liang Liu, the film stars Gordon Liu, Yuka Mizuno, and Lung Chan.
  6. “Ip Man.” “Ip Man,” known in Hong Kong as “Yip Man,” is a 2008 action drama directed by Wilson Yip. The semi-autobiographical movie focuses on the legendary martial arts master of Wing Chun kung fu. Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, and Siu-Wong Fan star in this award-winning film.
  7. “Kung Fu Hustle.” “Kung Fu Hustle,” also known simply as “Kung fu,” is a 2004 action film directed, produced, and starring Hong Kong’s Stephen Chow. Set in 1940s Shanghai, China, the kung fu comedy centers on a wannabe gangster. Wah Yuen and Qiu Yuen co-star in the movie.
  8. “Shaolin Soccer.” “Shaolin Soccer,” originally titled “Siu lam juk kau,” is another Stephen Chow action comedy movie. The 2001 Hong Kong production centers on a young Shaolin follower who forms a soccer team built on martial arts skills. Along with Chow, Wei Zhao and Yut Fei Wong star in the film.
  9. “Tai Chi Master.” “Tai Chi Master” is a 1993 Hong Kong martial arts film originally titled, “Tai ji: Zhang San Feng.” It tells of two men who grew up together as monks, studying martial arts and eventually pursuing different vocations with their remarkable kung fu skills. Woo-ping Yuen directed the movie, which stars Jet Li, Michelle Yeoh, and Siu-hou Chin.
  10. “The 36th Chamber of Shaolin.” “The 36th Chamber of Shaolin” is a 1978 Asian kung fu movie originally titled, “Shao Lin san shi liu fang.” The film is a fictionalized tale of the San Te, a legendary Shaolin martial arts disciple. Directed by Chia-Liang Liu, the film stars Chia Hui Liu, Lieh Lo, and Chia Yung Liu.