I was recently reading wujimon’s Taijiquan blog, and was a little surprised to find Top 5 Martial Arts Movies in his list of most popular posts.
Surely, I thought, such lowbrow pursuits are beneath the true “internal martial artist”? But it seems I was wrong; a fortuitous circumstance, because I know more about kung fu movies than John Hodgman knows about hoboes.
My only problem is that I cannot narrow my favorites list down to 5, or even 10 movies. Therefore, I plan to make a series of short “best of” posts, each addressing a specific aspect of the genre.
More Fighting, Less Flying
I enjoy a good wuxia fantasy flick as much as anyone: floating over rooftops, dueling with magic swords, etc. But sometimes, I prefer something a bit more down-to-earth. Regular punches and kicks are exciting too, when they are executed well.
Here are my top picks featuring (relatively) realistic fight scenes, with a minimum of CGI and wire-work.
Ong Bak – Fight Club
Alley fight scene from Sha Po Lang
Fist of Legend: Jing Wu men vs. Karate dojo
What are your favorite “reality-based” kung fu movies?