Best Martial Arts Movies [Топ-10]
It is no secret that there are special genres of cinema, which are almost impossible to pass by. Now we let’s talk about “fighting games”, films where battles between characters play a central role. The plot of such films is often secondary, but the directors capture the viewer’s attention precisely staging action scenes…
The heyday of the genre fell on the “nineties” of the last century, although even today you can periodically find new worthy films about martial arts. Another thing is that now such projects are not very popular. The main reason for this is diversity, now the viewer can watch any kind of tape thanks to the Internet and cable TV, and before that they did not have to choose.
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Director: Paul Anderson
Year of issue: 1995
We start with a project that has had a huge impact on Russian culture. Filmed based on the game of the same name Mortal Kombat just blew the minds of viewers and gave us really unforgettable emotions. Critics rated the film quite low – the secondary plot and not too convincing acting are the main drawbacks of the film. However, interesting idea and setting of battle scenes deserve praise.
Mortal Kombat is an annual tournament where earthlings have to fight with representatives of the Outside World. After the tenth victory in a row, the dark emperor will have the right to arrange an invasion of our planet, so a group of daredevils will try to do everything possible to prevent this from happening.
Director: Phillip Noyce
Year of issue: 1989
In many ways, the film, starring Rutger Hauer, remains underrated. “Blind Fury” is a real hit of its time, the picture is based on the famous Japanese story about the blind martial artist Zatoichi. Of course, Hollywood presented its own interpretation of events, moving away from the samurai theme, but it turned out really juicy.
Vietnam War Veteran, Nick, completely lost sight as a result of the close burst of the projectile. Compassionate local residents not only left the man, but also taught him to navigate in space, relying on his feelings. However, a quiet life does not await Nick at home – a good friend of the hero is in big trouble, which means that the blind veteran has yet another battle…
Director: Mark DiSalle, David Worth
Year of issue: 1989
Another film that can be attributed to the classics of world cinema. Surely an image where Jean-Claude Van Damme dancing in a provincial bar, everyone saw, because over the years of the existence of the picture, it was sold to memes and quotes. The film “Kickboxer” is a typical representative of the genre, on the one hand the film is simple and predictable, but on the other, it really fascinates the viewer.
In the center of the plot is the story of revenge of Kurt, whose brother is paralyzed after an unsuccessful fight with the Thai champion. Main the hero finds a teacher and begins intensive training, but bandits intervene in the matter, wishing him defeat. After all the horrors, hardships and losses, Kurt gets to the fight with Tong Po and now he simply has no right to give up.
Director: Gareth Evans
Year of issue: 2011
And this is a modern Indonesian painting, which was highly appreciated by the viewer. Now Asian cinema is experiencing a landmark period of worldwide recognition – “Parasites”, “Squid Game” and other projects are rapidly increasing the quotes of the region in the industry. “Raid” from the same opera, many will say that this picture is not about martial arts, but still it is the fights that make up the core of the action.
The spetsnaz group was given a difficult task – to storm the building, on the thirty floors of which criminal elements of all stripes live and conduct their black affairs. The goal is to capture an influential dealer in illegal substances, but each member of the group will have to risk their lives in battle with really trained opponents who have nothing to lose.
Director: Isaac Florentine
Year of issue: 2010
Why do we want to talk specifically about the third tape of the franchise? “Indisputable 3” – the first part really dedicated to Yuri Boyka, whom the audience loved so much. In Hollywood, it is not customary to show the inhabitants of the post-Soviet space from the positive side, but this picture is in some way an exception. Yuri seems to be the anti-hero of the second film, but when the focus shifts to his personality, the director tries his best to make the audience feel sympathy for him.
In one of the maximum security prisons, clandestine battles are being held. For many prisoners, this is the only chance to find freedom. Yuri Boyka heals injuries after a painful defeat and prepares to once again compete with the most terrible rivals, who, like the main character, dream of leaving the correctional institution as soon as possible.
The path of Dragon
Director: Bruce Lee
Year of issue: 1972
All fans of martial arts are advised to see the painting “The Way of the Dragon”. Do not be confused by the year the film was released, its considerable age is more than compensated by the play of Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris. This tape – a classic loved by millions and although the effects of that time and the staging of battles now look rather meager, positive emotions are guaranteed for true connoisseurs of the genre.
Tang Long comes to Italy to help his friends protect a Chinese restaurant. The mafia decided to take over the establishment and is trying in every possible way to deprive the owners of their small business. Tan Lun is a kung fu master, he quickly deals with bandits, but their the boss recruits the best martial arts expertsto punish the daring hero.
Director: Jackie Chan, Chen Chi-Hwa
Year of issue: 1985
Of course, the selection will not be complete without a picture with Jackie Chan. The actor was always different from his colleagues, because practically I did all the tricks myselfwhile receiving many injuries. It was also Jackie who brought the genre of the Chinese comedy action movie to a new level – his old films, even today, remain relevant and are being reviewed by the audience.
Perhaps “Police Story” is not really a movie about martial arts, but the action scenes are staged here so skillfullythat even ardent critics freeze in admiration. Jackie, as always, fights with opponents in a comedic manner, uses improvised objects and performs dizzying acrobatic stunts.
Director: Ronnie Yu
Year of issue: 2006
It happens that the authors want to say much more than just showing the life of martial arts masters. This happened with the film Fearless, where Jet Li played Huo Yuanjia flawlessly, a real historical figure. The wushu master is famous for defeating many foreign fighters and becoming the founder of the sports school, he is also a symbol of China’s fight against intervention.
Despite his poor health, Ho becomes a great martial artist. He strives for fame, winning various tournaments, but one day he loses his entire family as a result of a rash act. Ho leaves to live in a remote village, where he rethinks his path and reveals the true essence of martial arts. Now the master can return home and do something really meaningful for his people.
Director: John Avildsen
Year of issue: 1976
In this film, Sylvester Stallone not only played the main role, he is also the author of the screenplay for “Rocky”… It will be fair to say that the focus is not on martial arts, but on the development of characters, but the theme of boxing appears in every frame. By his own admission, Sylvester put the story on paper in just a couple of days, inspired by the Ali-Wepner fight, where a modest fighter put up unexpectedly serious resistance to the great champion.
Rocky has been boxing for a long time, but without much success. He has to work as a security guard at a local bar to make ends meet. Suddenly, a champion arrives in Philadelphia, whose fight is canceled due to an opponent’s injury. The boxer does not want to disrupt the event and chooses Rocky as his opponents.
Director: Wilson Yip
Year of issue: 2008
With great power comes great responsibility and Ip Man understands this like no other. Not all martial arts masters in Foshan know what honor and dignity are. The Japanese occupation completely changes the unhurried life of the city, but Ip Man, even in the most difficult conditions, remains true to his work, saving face in any situation.
Ip Man is a real historical figure. The great martial artist lived in a difficult time, he saw the Japanese invasion and civil war. Ip Man played Donnie Yen in the film and did it so brilliantlythat captivated the viewer. Fans of martial arts must see or revise this tape, because the staging of action scenes can impress even a picky critic.
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