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My Favorite Kungfu and Martial Arts Movies All The Time

On my previous post, you can see my most inspiring, educating and motivating movies i ever watched. Beside inspiring movie, i also big fan of action movies. One of my favorite action movie is about kungfu and martial arts. So today, i will share to you all my favorite kungfu and martial arts movies. From all martial arts movie i already watched, there some movie i really really like. Sometimes i watched one movie over….. over…. over…. and over again. I never boring watching these movies. There are 5 actor which i like when playing martial arts movies. They are : Donnie Yen, Jet Lee, Stephen Chow, Jackie Chan and of course the legendary Bruce Lee.

Here are the list of my favorite movies about kungfu all the time :

Donnie Yen Movies

SPL (Sha Po Lang)

Also known in the United States as Kill Zone. The title, Sha Po Lang refers to three words derived from Chinese astrology that each represent a different star capable of good or evil depending on their position in the heavens. The film starring by Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung, Simon Yam, and Wu Jing. Simon Yam portrays a retiring police detective who resorts to the use of questionable methods in order to catch Wong Po (Hung), a ruthless Triad boss.
The coolest scene of this film is when Ma Kun (Donnie Yen) fight Jack (Wu Jing), the knife expert in the alley.

Flash Point

Flash Point was repeatedly hailed as a prequel to the 2005 film SPL: Sha Po Lang, which was Wilson Yip and Donnie Yen’s first feature-film collaboration as director and star respectively. Yen denied the SPL sequel reports, claiming that Flash Point was a completely original film. Donnie Yen portrays Ma Jun, a police sergeant who plants his friend and partner, Wilson (Louis Koo) as a mole in a pursuit against a Triad gang led by three Vietnamese brothers. The fight scenes were choreographed by Yen, who combined mixed martial arts, an interdisciplinary form of fighting utilising elements of jujutsu, judo, karate, boxing, kickboxing and wrestling, with his trademark wushu and taekwondo. His work as a choreographer won him “Best Action Choreography” awards at the 27th Hong Kong Film Awards and the 2008 Golden Horse Film Awards.

Dragon Tiger Gate

The film is based on the popular Hong Kong manhua, Oriental Heroes (Long Wu Men in my country). Dragon Tiger Gate is a martial arts academy established by two powerful martial artists. The story begins with the two sons, who were born to different mothers, of Wong, one of the founders of the academy. The elder son is named “Dragon” and the younger one is named “Tiger“. When Dragon’s mother was killed in a fire, Dragon was taken into the care of triad boss named Ma Qwun and he grew up to become Ma’s bodyguard. Several years later, Tiger and his friends are dining in a restaurant and encounter Ma Qwun and his men, who are receiving the Luocha Plaque. The fight between them then become invetable.

Ip Man

The movie tells the true story of a Wingchun (Chinese kung fu) Master named Ip Man (Ye Wen). Ip Man himself is a teacher of Bruce Lee (the actor who famous with his Jetkundo Technique). Ip is considered the first martial arts master to teach Wing chun openly. The film focuses on events in Ip’s life that took place in the city of Foshan during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The coolest scene of this film is when he fought 10 Black Karate Belt, and finished them all less than 5 minutes. Awesome !!!

Ip Man II

Continuing after the events of the earlier film, the sequel centers on Ip’s movements in Hong Kong, which is under British colonial rule. He attempts to propagate his discipline of Wing Chun, but faces rivalry from other practitioners, including the local master of Hung Ga martial arts… In this film we also see the duel between boxing technique from the west and kungfu from China. One of his disciples, Bruce Lee also appear later on the film. Very recommended film….

Stephen Chow Movies

King of Beggars

The legendary Eighteen Dragon-subduing Palms kungfu is identic with with the Clan of Beggars (Kay Pang). The film tells about the story of one of the most powerfull warriors of the clan of beggar named So Chan. So is the spoiled son of the wealthy General So in Canton. Although he is lazy and illiterate, So excels in martial arts. While visiting a brothel, So falls in love with Yu-shang. He finally enters the imperial martial arts contest to win the championship title to win Yu-shang’s hand-in-marriage. So’s father helps him cheat his way through the written examination. So eventually emerges as champion, but just as the emperor is about to grant him the title, Chiu reveals that So is illiterate, proving that he cheated in the written examination. The enraged emperor orders So’s family properties and possessions to be confiscated and decrees that they shall remain as beggars for the rest of their lives. So does not adapt well to his new life. So then to join the Beggars’ Sect.

Shaolin Soccer

2001 Hong Kong comedy film co-written and directed by Stephen Chow, who also stars in the film. The film tell about a former shaolin monk reunites his five brothers, years after their master’s death, to apply their superhuman martial arts skills to play soccer and bring Shaolin kung fu to the masses. The film story begin on Sing (Stephen Chow) which is a master of Shaolin kung fu, whose goal in life is to promote the spiritual and practical benefits of the art to modern society. He experiments with various methods to inform the modern world about shaolin kung fu, some of which include comedic song and dance routines, but all bear no positive results. His life finally change after he meet Fung (Ng Man Tat), a legendary Hong Kong soccer star in his days.

Kung Fu Hustle

This is one of the best Stephen Chow’s movie i ever watched. Kung Fu Hustle was the highest-grossing film in the history of Hong Kong. Kung Fu Hustle also won numerous awards, including Hong Kong Film Awards and Golden Horse Awards. The film tells about turmoil grips Shanghai in the 1940s. Various gangs vie for power, the most feared of which is The Axe Gang, led by the infamous Brother Sum. In the absence of law enforcement, people can live peacefully only in poor areas which do not appeal to the gangs. An example is Pig Sty Alley, a tenement home to people of various trades, run by a lecherous landlord and his domineering wife. One day, Sing (Stephen Chow) and Bone, come to the alley impersonating members of the Axe Gang in order to gain respect. Their plan fails miserably, more than fifty gangsters are defeated by three tenants who are actually powerful martial arts masters: Coolie, Master of the “Twelve Kicks“, Tailor, master of the “Iron Fist“, and Donut, master of the “Hexagon Staff“. Angered by his gang’s defeat, Brother Sum hires the Harpists, a pair of skilled assassins who fight using a magical Guqin.

Jet Lee Movies

Fist of Legend

Fist of Legend (“Hero of Jingwu”) is a remake of the 1972 film Fist of Fury (starring Bruce Lee). The film is set in Shanghai International Settlement in 1937 during the Second Sino-Japanese War as the city is occupied by Japanese forces. Jet Lee play in this film as Chen Zhen, a Chinese student who study in Kyoto. He then returns in 1937 to Shangai, after reading about the death of his master Hou Ting-An in a fight against the Japanese champion Ryuichi Akutagawa. While overcoming suspicion and ambition within the kungfu school, Chen exhumes his master to prove Hou’s defeat was the result of poisoning. Both nationalities make the case a test of honor, so Chinese and Japanese pride are at stake when it culminates in Chen’s final epic duel against the ruthless, undefeated Japanese general Fujita.

Once Upon a Time in China Trilogy

No doubt….. These films makes Jet Lee become so famous arround the world. I myself first watched this film when I was aged about 14 years. I love to watch how Jet Lee fight in Once Upon a Time In China (aka “Kung Fu Master” in my country). Set in late 19th century Canton this martial arts film depicts the stance taken by the legendary martial arts hero Wong Fei Hung (1847-1924) against foreign forces’ (English, French and American) plundering of China. When Aunt Yee arrives back from America totally westernised, Wong Fei Hung assumes the role of her protector. This proves to be difficult when his martial arts school and local militia become involved in fierce battles with foreign and local government.

The Legend of Fong Sai Yuk 1, 2

Beside Once Upon a Time In China, The Legend of Fong Sai Yuk 1 & 2 are the most best seller film starred by Jet Lee in beginning of 1990. This Hong Kong martial-arts extravaganza tells of evil emperors and true love. The secret Red Lotus Flower Society is committed to the overthrow of the evil Manchu Emperor and his minions. One of his Governors is sent on a mission to retrieve a list of members of that secret society. Meanwhile, Canton kung fu practitioner Fong Sai-Yuk falls in love with the beautiful daughter of a rich merchant, recently moved to Canton. Her father, in an attempt to gain influence in the region and thus improve his business, offers his daughter in marriage to the winner of a kung-fu contest.

Tai Chi Master

Junbao (Jet Lee) and Tienbao grow up together in a Shaolin Temple as monks, studying the martial arts and generally getting into trouble. When they are expelled from the temple after Tienbao almost kills a fellow student who cheats in a fight against him, they go to the town to find food. Tienbao and Junbao interferes a fight in local shop and defeats all of them. Army reinforcements arrive to break up the fight and so the trio run away to escape capture. At this moment the eunuch governor travels through the town. Tienbo realizes that he wants to be as rich as the governor, but Miss Li warns him that he has “a heart of a viper” and wonders if he could handle his power. Tienbo then joined the government army and got separated with Junbao. Since then, Tienbao and Junbao have a different life path.


Fearless is the best and the most favorite Jet Lee movie i ever watched. This movie tell about the true story of Huo Yuan Jia life. Huo Yuan Jia is a famous Chinese martial artist who challenged foreign fighters in highly publicised events, restoring pride and nationalism to China at a time when Western imperialism and Japanese manipulation were eroding the country during the last few years before the birth of the Republic of China. Huo faced personal tragedy but ultimately fought his way out of darkness and into history, defining the true spirit of martial arts. His self-discovery, and the choices he made, inspired his nation.

Jackie Chan Movies

The Legend of Drunken Master

For me, I think this is the only Jackie Chan movie that on the list. I don’t mean that the rest is not entertaining, but i can’t categorize all Jackie Chan movies as kungfu / martial arts movies. It’s more like combination of action & comedy movie. Drunken Master is a 1978 Hong Kong martial arts action comedy film directed by Yuen Woo-ping. The film popularised the “Drunken Fist” fighting movement. The plot centers on a young and mischievous Wong Fei Hung (Jackie Chan). Wong runs into a series of troubles. His father decides to punish him for his behavior by making him train harder in martial arts. Wong’s father arranges for “Beggar So” So Chan to train his son in martial arts. Soon Wong learns Beggar So’s secret style of martial arts, a form of Drunken Fist called “The Eight Drunken Immortals“, named after the eight mythological figures that the fighting style emulates.

Bruce Lee Movies

Enter the Dragon

No doubt, Bruce Lee is the forerunner of all martial arts films that exist today. Although we feels a bit outdated when watching his films again, but his action in his films was an extraordinary in his era. Among the stuntmen for his film were members of the Seven Little Fortunes, including Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung. This was arguably instrumental in Chan and Hung’s further association with Golden Harvest studios, which later launched their careers. So I still enter his films as the best martial arts movie ever made. One of Bruce Lee’s best seller film is Enter the Dragon. This is Bruce Lee’s final film appearance before his death on July 20, 1973.

These are the other Bruce Lee’s legendary movies.

– The Big Boss, Fist of Fury, Way of the Dragon, Game of Death, Game of Death II


Besides all martial arts movies starred by Donnie Yen, Jet Lee, Stephen Chow, Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee, i also like some of martial art movies below :

The Raid : Redemption

I never thought that there would be Indonesian movie that would be as successful as this movie. The Raid is 2011 Indonesian movies directed by Gareth Evans and starring the pencak silat man, Iko Uwais. This is actually the second film by Gareth Evans and Iko Uwasi after Merantau Warrior.  This movie show the traditional Indonesian martial art pencak silat, with fight choreography by Uwais and Yayan Ruhian. This film no doubt is the most successful Indonesian film ever made. It’s has receive a very positive review by many critics. Even i still think that the dialogue is not very good and there are a lot of things that do not make sense in the movie, this movie is still good, especially the fight scenes.


Ong-Bak – The Thai Warrior

This one of the phenomenal martial arts movies ever made. Ong-Bak proved to be Tony Jaa‘s breakout film, with the actor hailed internationally as the next major martial-arts star. The most amazing parts of this film is the acrobatic movement of Tony Jaa. The story of this film tells about booting lives in a small and peaceful village. One day a sacred Buddha statuette called Ong Bak is stolen from the village by a immoral businessman who sells it for exorbitant profits. When the head of Ong-Bak, the sacred Buddha of a poor village is stolen, the population is plunged into misery. The Buddha was the focal point of an anniversary vigil believed to bring rain to the drought-stricken area. Young Ting is selected by the villagers to travel to Bangkok and rescue the relic in time for their ceremony.

Fighter in the Wind

The film tells the true story of the Choi Bae Dal, in Japan known as Matsu Oyama, a legend of a Korea warrior who found famous karate style, Kyokushin. Starting from the period of Japanese colonialism in Korea, Bae Dal felt humiliated and harassed by the warriors of the Japanese karate. Inspired by a teacher who had taught him Taekyon (a kind of ancient Korean martial art), which gives a book to learn martial arts instruction. Then he retreated to the woods and in an extreme way to study karate with extreme mood as well. Ultimately it can reach a stage where he beat all existing Japanese swordsman at the time. Bae Dal later became the founder of the flow of karate in Japan.


One of the best of Van Damme‘s film ever made. The film tells about the true story of Frank Dux. He has spent most his life being trained by Tanaka to participate in the Kumite, the ultimate martial arts tournament, where participants are seriously injured, even killed. Frank decides to go despite being told by his superiors in the army that he can’t because they need him. Two army officers are sent to get him and the trail leads to Hong Kong but Frank eludes them. While Frank advances, he knows that he may have to face Chong Li, the defending champion, who has killed a few participants


Beside Blood Sport, i think this film is Van Damme best movie. This movie tell about the story of Kurt Sloan, the corner-man for his brother, U.S. kickboxing champion Eric Sloan. When Kurt witnesses his brother become maliciously paralyzed in the ring by Thailand champion Tong Po, Kurt vows revenge. With the help of Zion, a kickboxing trainer who lives in a remote area of Thailand, Kurt trains for the fight of his life.

Only the Strong

It is considered to be the only Hollywood film that showcases Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art, from beginning to end. Ex-Special Forces soldier Louis Stevens returns to Miami to find his former high school overrun by drugs and violence. A master of the Brazilian martial art, capoeira, Stevens pledges to straighten out a dozen of the school’s worst students by teaching them this demanding and highly-disciplined fighting style. Slowly, his program begins to work, giving the students new hope and purpose. But the local drug lord, himself a martial arts expert, vows to stop Stevens’ positive influence. Now Stevens must fight to save his own life, as well as the lives of his rebellious young students.

Best of the Best

This film revolves around a team of Americans facing a team of Koreans in a taekwondo tournament. Alexander Grady, a widower and father of a five-year-old son, Walter, is chosen to represent the United States of America in an international taekwondo tournament against Team Korea. Also chosen for the team is Tommy Lee, a man seeking revenge against a member of Team Korea for the death of his brother during a previous tournament. The rest of Team USA consists of Travis Brickley, an extremely brash fighter with a short fuse; Virgil Keller, a devout Buddhist; and Sonny Grasso, a streetwise fighter from Detroit. Coached by Frank Couzo (who was also the coach of Tommy’s older brother), the team prepares to meet an unstoppable group of true martial arts experts. Their chances of winning are virtually non-existent, as the Koreans train all year long and are known as the best the sport has to offer. Along their journey, the Americans have to deal with their personal conflicts and tragedies, before they become a team.

UFC champion Chuck Liddell cites Best of the Best as his personal favorite martial arts film.

If you asked me, which one of the list is the most favorite kungfu movies for me, here are the top 10 of the best movie i ever watched (It’s dominated by Donnie Yen movies) :

– IP Man
– IP Man 2
– Kungfu Hustle
– Sha Pho Lang
– Fearless
– Fighter In The Wind
– Flashpoint
– Taichi Master
– Fist of Legend
– Once Upon Time In China 2

If you want to see my other favorite movies, just read on this post

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  1. Ethelbert Broadnax
    July 11th, 2010 at 11:10 | #1

    The greatestest Kung-fu Movies that Ive seen are; 1.Dreadnaught, 2. Master of The Flying Gilotine, 3. The Master of Tai Chi. I like your picks although, Ive probably only seen about half of them.

  2. July 15th, 2010 at 16:14 | #2

    I never watched Dreadnaught and Master of The Flying Gilotine… I’ll hunt them as you recommend. thx

  3. August 1st, 2010 at 00:49 | #3

    Just want to add, I think Jacky Chan with Chris Tucker in Rush Hour is also a very good movie. I really enjoy the part 3, it’s hilariously funny.

  4. August 30th, 2010 at 22:49 | #4

    Mario : Rush Hour can be categorized as pure martial art movies. It’s more like combination of action & comedy movie.

  5. arif
    January 28th, 2014 at 17:05 | #5

    you should try watch Merantau Warrior and Raid Redemption. Recommended

  6. January 28th, 2014 at 17:14 | #6

    thanks for the addition. i already watched both. i will add Merantau Warrior and Raid Redemption to the list.

  7. August 31st, 2017 at 00:38 | #7

    i was searching for a movie in which the hero is trained by two master a man and womam… both master are enemies … the hero serves them one stage the female master is killed .. in climax hero wins a tropy amd dedicates to the female master .. and she comes alive and take the tropy… whats the name of the movie???

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