Samurai and Martial arts.

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  1. inbrednut

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    Just started to get into this genre, and its hard to find the best of the bunch so to speak.

    Also looking for Martial arts films.

    Any recomendations?

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    old jackie chan movies

    "Snake in eagles shadow" or "Police story"

    Or some newer stuff like "Crouching tiger hidden dragon" "Hero" and "Ong Bak", "kung fu hustle" looks good but i've only watched half of it.
     
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    yea, had them down on the list of need to watch.

    Watched zatochi a few months back and thought it was brilliant, any decent samurai revenge movies like this that is a must ?
     
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    Some I've seen an enjoyed recently are...

    Wing Chun (But then I have to like this as I'm studying the art :D )
    Hero
    House of Flying daggers
    Iron Monkey
    Heroic Trio
    Zu Warriors from Magic Mountain
    Azumi
    Azumi 2
    Sky High
    Seven Samurai
    RAN
    Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
    Arahan
    Legend of a Fighter

    Thats about it :)

    Neil
     
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    I recently saw Warrior King starring Tony Jaa from Ong Bak. Absolutely brilliant fun. Never heard so many people in a cinema going "oooof", "oooh" etc. Insane plot too but Tony Jaa is unbelievable. There's a great scene where he fights a capoeira (spelling?) fighter, someone using wu shu (maybe) and then a big bruiser. Classic.
     
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    The Once Upon a Time in China series starring Jet Li are worth watching, as are Fong Sai Yuk 1 and 2
     
  7. drunkenmaster

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    If you are wing chun afficianado then watch

    The Prodigal Son

    Apparently one of the best wing chun films to date!!

    Excellent film IMO

    Samurai films: Ran, Kagemusha, Yojimbo,

    Kung Fu: Drunken master 1 & 2 (of course :D ), Fist of Legend, Twin warriors, Thundering Mantis
     
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    A film I though was very good is "Fighter in the wind". No where near as flashy as Tony Jaa but the marshal arts is just as direct.

    Also a much better story line.
     
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    If you're not too serious about the genre then 'Kung Fu Hustle' is hugely enjoyable - chop socky slapstick that isn't above taking the mickey out of itself.

    I can take or leave Bruce Lee but think that everyone should see his fight with Chuck Norris in 'Way of the Dragon'.
     
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    my favorite is probably HERO, superb film :clap:

    crouching tiger and house of the flying daggers are a good watch

    jet li's new film called fearless is very good also :D

    obviously bruce lee films are a must, if you just look at him as a martial artist, rather than a hashed up hollywood hero you cant deny he is simply awesome.

    one of the best things i remember is hearing an interview where they said they had to "slow" the film down so you could see him hitting people :eek:
     
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    just thought of a few others...

    jet li's fist of legend

    the last samurai

    the drunken master?

    kill bill series....uma is hot :D

    bloodsport - van damme fan or not, the fight sequences are great!

    ong-bak and kung fu hustle are worth a watch for sure also :D
     
  12. mjn

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    But very dated now!
     
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    Just a few to see

    The Prodigal Son
    Bichunmoo
    Drunken Master 2
    Eastern Condors
    Dragons Forever
    SPL
    House of Flying Daggers
    Seven Swords
    Shadowless Sword
    The Warrior (not strickly martial arts but a brilliant film)
    The Five Venoms
     
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    The Prodigal Son
    Bichunmoo
    House of Flying Daggers
    ong-bak
    kill bill -japenese R2 full uncut,full colour dVD
    Lady snowblood- blizzard from the netherworld(the film that inspired kill bill)
    Shogun Assassin
    Princess blade
    the last samurai

    jet li's fist of legend
    Fong Sai Yuk 1 and 2
    Kiss of the dragon

    Iron Monkey
    police story 3

    Tiger on the beat
    Rumble in the bronx
    Who am I?

    the Young master
     
  15. rhino2k

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    true, but if you watch bruce lee movies then its not so dated :D
     
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    Also, The Quest (1996) another van-damme flick similar to Bloodsport.

    I'm surprised nobody's mentioned any Steven Seagal films. So, he isn't much of an actor but nobody could deny he's a great Aikido master who introduced many (includng myself) to this little known or talked about martial art.

    Some of his earlier films come to mind in particular:

    Hard to Kill
    Marked for Death
    Under Siege
    Out for Justice
    etc.
     
  17. avmunster

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    For Samurai look for the Lone Wolf & Cub (Babycart) Movies...
     
  18. mjn

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    Thats an awful film. Considering in the film, he spent ages on "Muay Thai Island" training to be a Muay Thai fighter....then in the fight scenes...why didn't he fight like a Muay Thai fighter? Utter pish.
     
  19. drunkenmaster

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    If you like 5 mins of Aikido, with 1hr and 55m of bad acting,(probably the worst acting, making shwarzzy look good!), bad storyline and poor direction then any of the Seagal films are recommended. ;)

    If on the other hand you enjoy leg splits, glistening muscles :rolleyes: and a flying roundhouse kick obligatory in everyfilm where the opponent does not move an inch, with equal film making techniques as mentioned above, then Mr Dammes, films are also highly recommended :D

    I know a few people that like these action martial art flicks, so this is just a very personal viewpoint :D
     
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    Have to agree, at the time it was released I rather enjoyed it but of course it's a different matter now. The best thing about that film wasn't van damme's muay thai skills however, but to watch the other fighters from around the world battle it out with their own unique styles of fighting. I was particularly impressed with the capoeira man from Brazil and the Kungfu guy from China. In saying all this though, you should understand that I was really into any sort of martial art films when I was younger, couldn't care less about the acting as long as there were some good fight scenes.
     
  21. mjn

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    Having trained in martial arts for 17 years, i can't help but watch films and think, " yeah right, thats as realistic as...." or "yeah right, thats as effective as ......"
     

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