Oriental Style Fighting: 20 Fresh Kung Fu Movies

Feature films about kung fu are a spectacular spectacle with martial choreography and unimaginable stunts, ennobled by oriental philosophy. To defeat an opponent, you need not only a trained body, but also remarkable fortitude. In our selection – a movie where wise fighters beautifully crush the strongest opponents. A double portion of beauty awaits you in films about femme fatales, capable of finishing off any man with an accurate blow.

Kung Fu (TV series 2021)

In a cool new movie adventure, a young Chinese-American woman drops out of college and travels to a secluded convent to find herself. A few years later, the girl returns to San Francisco as a real martial artist. The acquired skills will be very useful to the heroine – the sinister “Triad” has entangled the city with a network of corruption and crime. Someone has to put the unbelted bandits in their place.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Kung Fu

Actors:
Olivia Liang, Kheng Hua Tan, Eddie Liu…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 5.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Iron Fist (TV series 2017 – 2018)

Among the new films about kung fu, fans of comics should watch a multi-episode superhero action about Daniel Rand. An American boy miraculously survived a storm in the Himalayas. In a secret lost city, the poor man found shelter and mastered the indestructible power of the Iron Fist. Many years later, the hero returns to New York – the city, intimidated by the mafia , needs a person who can deal with all the villains.

Original title:
Iron Fist

Actors:
Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick, Jessica Stroup …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Kung Fury (2015)

In pursuit of a ninja criminal, the policeman loses his partner, but acquires unique superpowers – from now on he has no equal in the art of hand-to-hand combat. Supernatural skills will soon have to be used, because the world is under threat – the bloodthirsty Kung Fuhrer Adolf Hitler has arrived in the future. In order to prevent the villain from destroying humanity, the hero travels to the past. The Swedish director of the thrash comedy short wrote the script himself and played the title role.

Original title:
Kung Fury

Actors:
David Sandberg, Jorma Taccone, Stephen Chew …

Country:
Sweden

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Old bodyguard (2015)

A retired bodyguard reproaches himself for the disappearance of his granddaughter and gradually plunges into the abyss of dementia. The old man’s life is brightened up only by communication with a cute flower girl, but because of her father’s debts, the poor thing is kidnapped by bandits. Memory and health are failing the hero more and more, but the spirit of the former bodyguard is strong enough to fight criminals and save his girlfriend.

Original title:
Wo de te gong ye ye

Actors:
Sammo Hong, Jacqueline Chan, Li Qinqin …

Country:
China, Hong Kong

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.9

Age limit:
16+


Last of the Best (2014)

The list of the best kung fu films continues with a modern thriller about a martial artist who went to jail for murder. An experienced fighter has a chance to break out of captivity. A sinister serial killer exterminates famous representatives of the world of martial arts. The police are unable to stop the villain. The hero, in exchange for freedom, is ready to find a bloodthirsty opponent and face him in a deadly fight.

Original title:
Yi ge ren de wu lin

Actors:
Donnie Yen, Wang Baoqiang, Charlie Yong …

Country:
China, Hong Kong

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.5

Age limit:
16+


Grand Master (2013)

The renowned martial arts teacher is about to retire and pass the school into the safe hands of a successor. In a duel for the right to take the helm, the daughter and the beloved student of the old mentor converge. The fight ends with a convincing victory for the girl. The outbreak of World War II and the Japanese invasion of South China will change the fate of all the characters. Due to the perfectionism of the Chinese director, more than ten years passed from the announcement of the film to the release.

original name :
Yi dai zong shi

Actors :
Tony Leung Chu Wai, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen …

Country:
Hong Kong, China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.6

Age limit:
12+


Cailifo (2011)

A foreign kung fu fighting movie about two friends who aspire to study at a famous martial arts school. After passing a tough selection, the friends face a new problem: competitors challenge the school. Beginners will have to defend the honor of their style. However, the attempts of the fighters to find out whose art is higher goes beyond the ring – the confrontation continues in everyday life.

Original title:
Cai li fu

Actors:
Sammo Hong, Yuen Wah, Sammy Hong …

Country:
China, Hong Kong

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 4.2

Age limit:
16+


Shaolin (2011)

At the dawn of the twentieth century, the confrontation between Chinese military leaders plunges the Celestial Empire into a protracted internecine war. A young warrior who lost his entire family during the conflict finds refuge in a legendary monastery. While honing his fighting skills, Xiao Che experiences a spiritual transformation and, with the support of new friends, sets out to protect civilians from a massacre.

Original Title :
San Siu Lam zi

Cast:
Jackie Chan, Andy Lau, Nicholas Tse…

Country:
Hong Kong, China

Rating :
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.9

Age limit:
16+


Killer Power (2010)

The violent kung fu fighting movie is a great Chinese movie with a high rating. The relics of Bodhidharma, a true legend of Chan Buddhism, endow the mercenary with incredible powers. Realizing her crushing power, a woman changes her appearance, gets married and tries to live an ordinary life. Bloodthirsty gangs, wanting to join the magical power , declare a hunt for the heroine and go on the trail.

Original title:
Jian yu

Actors:
Michelle Yeoh, Jung Woo-son, Wang Xueqi …

Country:
China, Taiwan, Hong Kong

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.8

Age limit:
16+


Kung Fu Wing Chun (2010)

The legendary Shaolin Temple has been destroyed. Government agents are chasing the few surviving monks. One of the fugitives, hiding from her pursuers, meets a young girl and teaches the brave villager how to fight. Fleeing from the threats of a dangerous and ruthless era, the friends hone their skills and create a new style of the famous wrestling.

Original title:
Gong fu yong chun

Actors:
Jing Bai, Yu Shaoqun, Colin Chow …

Country:
China, Hong Kong

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


True Legend (2010)

The top kung fu movies continue with a tense historical action movie. The brave general decided to leave his military career, spend more time with his family and teach wushu to his children. The commander concedes the high position to his half-brother, but instead of gratitude, he harbored black anger at the well-wisher and, having mastered a special combat technique, hatches plans for a brutal murder.

Original title:
Su Qi-er

Actors:
Vincent Zhao, Zhou Xun, Andy He…

Country:
China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.4

Age limit:
18+


Ip Man (film series, 2008 – 2019)

The film franchise about the adventures  of the famous mentor Bruce Lee is partly based on real events , but contains a lot of fiction. An outstanding teacher reveals the secrets of skill to his wards, fights with the best fighters of East and West, without losing honor and nobility even in the most difficult situations. The son of the protagonist acted as a historical consultant and director of the combat choreography.

Original title:
Yip Man

Actors:
Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Lynn Hong …

Country:
Hong Kong, China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 8.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Kung Fu Basketball (2008)

A cheerful and funny movie about kung fu tells an exciting story, the events in which take place at the junction of two sports. Too temperamental and uncontrollable young man is expelled from the school of martial arts. Disillusioned with life, the coach invites the boy to direct his energy into the mainstream of the popular American sport – basketball . . The advice turns out to be very successful, and the lives of the main characters change dramatically.

Original title:
Gong fu guan lan

Actors:
Jay Chou, Eric Tsang, Wang Gan…

Country:
China, Hong Kong, Taiwan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 4.9

Age restrictions:
12+


Fearless (2006)

The young athlete dreams of becoming the strongest in martial arts and participates in tournaments, defeating the best fighters. Due to a conflict with a powerful feudal lord, the champion’s family dies. Shocked guy goes on a trip , spends several years in seclusion and rethinks his life principles. Huo Yuanjia, who has matured and realized a lot, wants to make sports a unifying force in a country weakened by foreign influence.

Original title:
Huo yuanjia

Actors:
Jet Li, Sun Li, Yun Dun…

Country:
China, Hong Kong

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 7.6

Age limit:
16+


Kung Fu Showdown (2004)

In the thirties of the last century, criminal gangs dominated the streets of Shanghai, dividing the city into spheres of influence. A daring young man committed a crime, pretending to be a member of one of the most influential groups, which, of course, caused discontent among the bandits. The popular comedy film about Chinese kung fu masters was filmed as a parody of the wuxia genre – oriental fantasy with an emphasis on staged fights.

Original title:
Kung fu

Actors:
Stephen Chow, Feng Xiaogang, Yuen Wa …

Country:
Hong Kong, China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.7

Age limit:
16+


Drunk Monkey (2003)

The brother’s machinations with opium are costly for the master, who masterfully masters the style of a drunken monkey. Only by a miracle does the hero manage to escape from the bandits and hide in the wilderness. In the province, a fighter starts a new life, takes on a girl, makes students. However, the glory of a teacher who is able to reveal the secrets of the famous style of martial arts leads to masters and criminals.

Original title: Zhui ma lao Actors: Jackie Wu, Sammy Lau, Shannon Yaao … Country: China, Hong Kong Rating: Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 5.9 Age limit: 16+


Killer Football (2001)

A feature comedy film about hand-to-hand combat masters who decide to try their hand at a new sport. An experienced fighter wants to use football , which is popular all over the world, to popularize martial arts, and gathers a team of like-minded people. Newly minted football players have indestructible fortitude and are in perfect control of their bodies, but the rivals, pumped up with doping, do not intend to play by the rules.

Original title:
Siu Lam juk kau

Actors:
Stephen Chow, Ng Man-Tat, Vicki Zhao …

Country:
Hong Kong, China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.3

Age limit:
16+


Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000)

An outstanding master of Chinese martial arts wants to settle scores with an insidious and ruthless killer. A daring and ambitious girl steals a magic sword from the hero. The thief will have to find out that the real power is not at all hidden in witchcraft, and together with the master to challenge the invincible villain. A fantasy action movie with philosophical dialogues and spectacular duels won four Oscars.

Original title:
Wo hu cang long

Actors:
Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi…

Country:
Taiwan, Hong Kong, USA, China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:
12+


Legend (1993)

To get the hand and heart of the beauty, the hero needs to defeat all the opponents in the tournament, and in the finals also meet the girl’s mother in a duel. When the victory is already close, many problems arise outside the ring and the former goal no longer seems so desirable. At Asian film festivals, the action comedy has been repeatedly awarded prizes for the best action choreography.

Original title:
Fong Sai Yuk

Actors:
Jet Li, Josephine Xiao, Michelle Rice …

Country:
Hong Kong

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.2

Age limit:
16+


Once Upon a Time in China (film series, 1991 – 1997)

A legendary series of six historical-adventure action films, familiar to fans of spectacular fights and stunts from films with one-voiced voice acting in Russian. By the beginning of the twentieth century, foreign influence is increasingly spreading in China. The famous master is trying to resist external influences, and at the same time fight against notorious villains, overcoming the most sophisticated intrigues and defeating any weapon.

Original title:
Wong Fei Hung

Actors:
Jet Li, Yuen Biao, Rosamund Kwan …

Country:
Hong Kong

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.3

Age limit:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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