10 Best Kung Fu Fight Scenes
Kung Fu films seem to sink or swim on the integrity of their combat sequences and on that note, here is a list of the 10 best Kung Fu fight scenes. Let's face it, we go to Kung Fu movies for one thing and one thing only: the fights. Okay, so we also go for the screen presence of some of the greatest of Kung Fu masters. But it's mostly the fights. Plot, characters, and dialogue are merely diverting material to bridge the gaps between fights. Here are the ten best.
"Shanghai Noon" It's a short scene, but when Jackie Chan does battle with a group of Native Americans, it's a rough and tumble sequence that gets the adrenaline pumping.
"The Legend of Drunken Master" So many to choose from in this masterpiece of Kung Fu cinema, but if we had to go with just one, it would have to be a sequence in the second act where Jackie Chan first introduces us to his unorthodox drunken boxing by taking on a whole group of thugs in front of the townspeople.
"Who Am I" Yet another Jackie Chan movie. Get used to it. The best scene is a near ten minute showdown between Chan two thugs on the roof of a high rise in South Africa.
"The Forbidden Kingdom" When two of the best known martial artists face-off, even if they were just thumb-wrestling it would be a worthy entry onto this list. Fortunately, Jackie Chan and Jet Li do far more than that in a very long sequence where each subjects the other to a number of differen fighting styles, including Praying Mantis and Tiger.
"Game of Death" This was the great Bruce Lee's final movie. Sadly, he did not get to complete the filming of his role for the picture. However, he did film a now legendary fight scene between himself and NBA legend, Kareem Abdul-Jabar.
"Enter the Dragon" Perhaps the most memorable of all Kung Fu Fight scenes happens midway through this film when Bruce Lee takes on the hulking O'Hara, who after being taken down be the master grows infuriated and comes at him yielding two smashed glass bottles.
"Police Story 2" Jackie Chan returns in this sequel to his 1980's hit. The best scene has got to be an intricately choreographed fight between Jackie and a gang of bad guys on the jungle gym of a children's playground. Don't be fooled by the setting. This is rough stuff.
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" The very first fight sequence in this movie is a real eye-opener. Indeed, it is augmented by some stunning wire work, but when it comes down to it, it's the breathtaking hand-to-hand combat between Michelle Yeoh and Zhang Ziyi that scores big.
"Fist of Legend" Jet Li versus an entire karate class. Need I say more?
"Return of the Dragon" The entire final act of this movie is a rough-as-nails showdown between Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris. This is a brutal fight scene where anything goes, even grabbing fistfuls of chest hair as Bruce Lee does at one point to an unsuspecting Norris.