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10 Best Kung Fu Movies!

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Skull, Jun 10, 2021 at 2:31 PM.

  1. Skull

    Skull Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    What are the 10 best Kung Fu movies from the 70's to early 80's? Not including Bruce Lee (have all of those!) or Jackie Chan (have a lot of those too!)

    Guessing Five Deadly Venoms will show up prominently here (and maybe the sequel which is awesome too) which I have but just trying to get an idea here if I have the right movies! :winkgrin:

    Have a couple of cool box set:

    https://www.amazon.com/Kung-Fu-Thea...coding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=1XBKAAD0XHG8GV1HW86G

    https://www.amazon.com/Martial-Arts...coding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=1XBKAAD0XHG8GV1HW86G

    https://www.amazon.com/Martial-Arts...coding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=1XBKAAD0XHG8GV1HW86G

    https://www.amazon.com/Martial-Arts...coding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=1XBKAAD0XHG8GV1HW86G

    Cheers.
     
  2. mecano

    mecano Forum Resident

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    For 70s/early 80s Martial Arts (not just Kung Fu ) other than Five Deadly Venoms i choose:

    The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter (1984)
    Legendary Weapons of China (1982)
    The Street Fighter (1974)
    Warriors Two (1978)
    My Young Auntie (1981)
    Lady Snowblood (1973)
    Fists of the White Lotus (1980)
    Shogun Assassin (1980)
    The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)
    Heroes of the East (1978)
     
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  3. Skull

    Skull Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Thanks! I've seen a couple of these.

    This is a great start! :righton:
     
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  4. mecano

    mecano Forum Resident

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    Its nice to see some love for martial arts films here i'm a big fan not only of the vintage movies but from all eras.80s 90s 00s also had some great flicks esp from HK and Thailand.
    10 more from the 70s/early 80s

    Executioners from Shaolin (1977)
    Master of the Flying Guillotine (1976)
    Five Fingers of Death (1972)
    Shaolin and Wu Tang (1983)
    Karate for Life (1977)
    The Victim (1980)
    Odd Couple (1979)
    Martial Club (1981)
    Encounters of the Spooky Kind (1980)
    The Prodigal Son (1981)

    I'll check my collection for some more as i have tons of MA films
     
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  5. Skull

    Skull Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Cool! Maybe you could look at those sets I have and tell me which ones to start with. There's so many to choose from!
     
  6. Warzawa

    Warzawa The Starman

    Grew up on Martial Arts films mostly Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris
     
  7. davidb1

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    Five Fingers of Death is fantastic, has some brutal and realistic judo scenes.
     
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  8. Vahan

    Vahan Forum Resident

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    The Big Boss, dare I see, is even better than Enter the Dragon. If only those stupid censors in Hong Kong didn't interfere...
     
  9. mecano

    mecano Forum Resident

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    I've seen these sets and they seem to have a lot of filler.Makes sense.Box sets are a way to sell third grade/poor movies together with 1-2 good ones.
    My advice is to concentrate on the classics and forget the rest.I already gave you 20 titles i'll post more tomorrow :cool:
     
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  10. Skull

    Skull Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Thanks! Appreciate it! :laugh:
     
  11. A lot of great ones already mentioned, I’ll add:

    Five Element Ninjas
    Delinquent Girl Boss
    Sister Street Fighter (the series)
    Zatoichi (numerous titles in the series)
    Lone Wolf and Cub (numerous titles in the series)
    Dragon Inn (1967, might be too early for your list)
    Clan of the White Lotus
    The Leg Fighters
     
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  12. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    if you decide to move on past the 80's check out The IP Man franchise...lots of great action with Donnie Yen!
     
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  13. soundboy

    soundboy Senior Member

    Or try Wong Kar-Wai's version of the Ip Man story in "The Grandmaster". The title character, Ip Man, was played by Tony Leung, who will be the (real) Mandarin in the upcoming MCU movie, Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

     
  14. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    thanks...yup, know all about it...great stuff...
     
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  15. mecano

    mecano Forum Resident

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    There are some movies from before 1970 that i consider essential for a MA collection and i suggest you check them too.
    Of course Kurosawa is a must :)

    Seven Samurai (1954)
    Samurai Rebellion (1967)
    Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956)
    Come Drink with Me (1966)
    The Sword of Doom (1966)
    Yojimbo (1961)
    Sanjuro (1962)
    Sword of the Beast (1965)
    The One-Armed Swordsman (1967)
    Return of the One-Armed Swordsman (1969)

    Edit.Just to add that Karate for Life is about great Korean fighter Choi Bae-dal aka Masutatsu Oyama.There are 3 movies about him all from 1977 Karate Bullfighter,Karate Bear Fighter,Karate for Life (last one).They are all good.
    And there is an excellent Korean movie about Choi from 2004 "Fighter in the Wind"
     
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  16. Michel_LeGrisbi

    Michel_LeGrisbi Far-Gone Accumulator ™

    I probably have a vhs dub of it, but I haven't seen any listing anywhere, a documentary of the Shaolin Monks which feature an appearance by Jet Li

    it is not "shaolin temple" or "martial arts of shaolin"
     
  17. mecano

    mecano Forum Resident

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    Some more from the 70s

    A Touch of Zen (1971)
    The Boxer from Shantung (1972)
    The Street Fighter (1974) amazing Sonny Chiba
    Return of the Street Fighter (1974)
    Executioner (1974)
    5 Masters of Death (1974)
    Killing Machine (1975)
    Karate Warriors (1976)
    Plus great ladies Angela Mao and Pei-Pei Cheng :love:

    Angela
    When Taekwondo Strikes (1973)
    Hapkido (1972)

    Pei-Pei Cheng
    The Lady Hermit (1971)
     
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  18. mecano

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    Kuang-Li Hsia was in it she's no Angela Mao but the movie is good
     
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  19. There’s a documentary about the genre on Netflix called Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks that’s worth a watch. I’ve seen a couple of others about The Shaw Brothers but the titles escape me.
     
  20. mecano

    mecano Forum Resident

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    There is a 1975 BBC documentary “Fists of Fire”.
     
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  21. Jazzmonkie

    Jazzmonkie Forum Resident

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    A couple more from director King Hu
    The Fate of Lee Khan
    Dragon Inn
     
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  22. greenhorn

    greenhorn Forum Resident

    Kung Pow! - Enter the Fist
    Hero
     
  23. mecano

    mecano Forum Resident

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    10 more
    Blind Woman's Curse (1970)
    Duel of the Iron Fist (1971)
    7 Grandmasters (1977)
    The Invincible Armour (1977)
    Shaolin Mantis (1978)
    Sex & Fury (1973)
    Enter the Fat Dragon (1978)Sammo Hung is fantastic here
    Crippled Avengers (1978)
    Zatoichi and the One-Armed Swordsman (1971)
    Broken Oath (1977) more Angela Mao goodness
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  24. Skull

    Skull Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Thanks!

    You're definitely on a roll! :laugh:
     
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  25. Jazzmonkie

    Jazzmonkie Forum Resident

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    The Chinese version of Lady Snowblood :)
     
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