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Jackie Chan’s Greatest Fight Scenes

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If you know Jackie Chan strictly from his American films—The Tuxedo, Shanghai Knights, and other assorted stinkers—then you don’t know Jackie Chan at all. To appreciate the brilliant physical ability that made him an international action hero, you need to see his earlier work. Here are a few of his best movies, from his prime years in the 80s and early 90s.

Drunken Master II (a.k.a. The Legend of Drunken Master)

Plot summary: Wong Fei-Hong tests his Chuy Li Fut kung-fu against evil British smugglers and traitorous countrymen. When traditional fighting techniques fail, he must use his father’s forbidden style of Drunken Boxing.

Movie trivia: The Thai boxer in the climactic fight scene is Jackie’s real-life bodyguard and friend, Kenneth Lo.

Jackie Chan in Drunken Master 2
Drunken Master 2

Wheels on Meals

Plot summary: Roadside cooks Thomas and David (Yuen Biao) try to restore a princess-in-exile to her rightful position, with the help of a bumbling amateur detective (Sammo Hung).

Movie trivia: Stars Jackie Chan, Yuen Biao and Sammo Hung were classmates in the Peking Opera School.

Dragons Forever

Plot summary: While investigating the pollution from a mysterious chemical factory, lawyer Jackie Lung stumbles onto a narcotics syndicate. He enlists the help of two old friends to thwart the criminal enterprise.

Movie trivia: Before playing Jackie Chan’s nemesis in both Dragons Forever and Wheels on Meals, Benny Urquidez worked as a professional full-contact fighter.

Gorgeous

Plot summary: Country girl Ah Bu (played by Shu Qi) travels to Hong Kong looking for love, and meets suave business mogul C.N. Chan, who is undergoing a midlife crisis.

Movie trivia: Although Gorgeous is a romantic comedy, Jackie’s kissing scenes were cut from the final edit. Two girls had previously attempted suicide after learning that the real Jackie Chan is married; one succeeded.

Jackie Chan in Gorgeous
Gorgeous

Police Story

Plot summary: Detective Kevin Chan is framed for murder by a vengeful drug kingpin. He must prove his own innocence, and close the case before being arrested or killed by his fellow policemen.

Movie trivia: Sylvester Stallone copied the through-the-bus-window chase scene from Police Story for his film Tango and Cash. Brandon Lee copied the shopping mall-motorcycle scene in his movie Rapid Fire.


Wheels on Meals


Dragons Forever


Drunken Master 2


Gorgeous


Police Story


Drunken Master


Project A


Rumble in the Bronx

Which do you vote for? Are there any other must-see Jackie Chan movies you would add to this list?

(P.S. If you love kung-fu movies, don’t forget to check out my other reviews in the Video section.)

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