Most Influential Martial Arts Films of All Time

Serena

Administrator
seagalfan128 said:
Specifically regarding The Karate Kid. Yes, I agree definitley. Maybe non of you like it, but it's a classic. And I do agree. I also think Karate Kid III should be in it. Martial Artist Thomas Ian Griffith is in it, but the story teaches that karate is about honor and dignity and not just for fame in tournaments...Moving on, not The Matrix, definitley not.

You should have added Hero starring Jet Li. That's was a very inspirational movie towards martial arts and one of the best love stories I've ever seen. That should be added to the list.
Hi! :) That wasn't my list. The entire article was quoted from "Karate Kidz Online". From the title and the date, through the rest of the article, it all came from their site.
 

Littledragon

Above The Law
ad_adrian said:
anyone remember the kung fu series of the 70's??

in my opinion they started a pretty huge trend
and of course bruce lee movies


Ye, Bruce Lee started both. He was the one that created the concept of Kung-Fu but the producers said he was too Chinese. :Rolleyes:
 

Littledragon

Above The Law
Lonewolf said:
Hi Glimmer!
yeah I have seen Mark Dacascos,he 's very fast and efficient!
Crying Freeman was great!!
Do you know the Rhee brothers?
Simon and Phillip?
We could see them in Best of the Best!
That Movie was great!so many nice Kicks!
And the Bar Fight in this Movie?especially with Phillip Rhee and Eric Roberts!!
Taekwondo can be spectacular and this Movie is so Action packed as we say!!
Hey,What about the Ninja Movies with Michael Dudikoff?
I doubt Michael Dudikoff is into Martial Arts but the Big African-American Guy
with Him!He's so proficient,especialy witht the Butterfly Knives!!!
In One scene he tore a Guy's clothes off without touching him!!
Revenge of the Ninja is also cool!!More realistic Maybe!
And What about "Rage of the Tiger"?Where a Chinese Swordsman takes on
at least Two Hundred Villains on a bridge?
Peace!

Ye those guys are great! Simon Rhee was one of the guys who attacked Seagal in The Glimmer Man in the garage fight scene. Phillip Rhee is an amazing Martial Artist and a great kicker. Both of them are experts in the Korean Arts such as- Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, and Gumdo.
 

Lonewolf

Semper Fi
Thanks little Dragon!I had not seen that answer yet!LOL
I wish I could kick like the Rhee Brothers!!LOL§
What do you think of David Lee Roth and His Pek War?
5style of the Monkey as you probably know!)
 

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Littledragon

Above The Law
Lonewolf said:
Thanks little Dragon!I had not seen that answer yet!LOL
I wish I could kick like the Rhee Brothers!!LOL§
What do you think of David Lee Roth and His Pek War?
5style of the Monkey as you probably know!)


All I know is David Lee Roth has been studying Martial Arts for quite some time as well as another rocker Sebastian Bach and one of the drummers from Poison.
 

Peter H

New Member
You can not forget the classics by Akira Kurosawa. They show increddible techniques without special effects!!! If you want to learn something about Bushido, you MUST see these movies. They influenced me a lot! Without those movies, i would never have set a foot in a dojo. Now i almost live in it.
 

Littledragon

Above The Law
Peter H said:
You can not forget the classics by Akira Kurosawa. They show increddible techniques without special effects!!! If you want to learn something about Bushido, you MUST see these movies. They influenced me a lot! Without those movies, i would never have set a foot in a dojo. Now i almost live in it.


Never heard of those films Peter.

BTW Welcome to the site!! :)
 

CaseyF*ckinRyback

New Member
Whoa - lotta hate for 'The Karate Kid' here!

While it's by no means a classic fighting film, the philosophies behind Miyagi's attitude and training techniques are spot on (A belt is only good enough for holding up your trousers/pants, not knowing if he could break a board because he's never been attacked by a tree!). While much maligned - the whole 'wax on - wax off' training technique (making a move become muscle memory before understanding what it actually does) is very similar to combat Tai Chi training and a superb way to introduce someone to the concepts that learning the Martial Arts doesn't mean just learning to hit someone.

In fact, the whole storyline arc of Daniel, a new kid in town, picked on my Martial Students under a misguided teacher (there are no bad students - only bad teachers) and wanting to learn to kick ass, only to discover that a Martial journey is a far more personal and productive path than just fighting is very indicative to me of a lot of Westerner's approaches to the Arts in general.

So while Daniel-San or Mr. Miyagi don't have the combat chops of Bruce Lee or Tony Jaa, philosophically speaking the movie is a good representation of Martial attitude, in my humble opinion.

I'm thinking this list was a while ago, as there is no Ong Bak up there... Surely one of the most influential fight flicks for a long time?
Peace! -D
 

Administrator

Administrator
Staff member
Yes it is an old post. 5 years old. :D

Wait till you see the re-make of the Karate Kid starring Jackie Chan.
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CaseyF*ckinRyback

New Member
Heheh - I shoulda really checked the dates first! Thanx Craig! :)

I heard that the Karate Kid remake is gonna be renamed 'The Kung Fu Kid' (Ouch!)
Maybe I'm just being cynical, but I really can't see much good coming from this remake!
 

tenshinaikidoka

Martial Art Student
Above The Law because it showcases Aikido in a realistic light (combat wise) for the first time. I also think Marked For Death because of the really good Sword work in it!!!! As for matrix, well, nothing good to say about that so I won't!!!!

I saw the preview for the remake of the Karate Kid (or is it the Kung Fu Kid???) and while I am sure it will be amusing, I think Hollywood needs to come up with something original instead of the remakes that they are just hashing out!!!!

And I may get ridiculed for this, but what about The Last Samurai?? I know it wasn't a punch and kick movie but the way it was layed out story wise, and the sword combat in it, well make it a worthy mention I think!!!! Anyway, I guess I am also helping to keep this few years old thread alive!! LOL
 

TARDISMAN

New Member
Martial arts films

Over the years I have seen 100s of martial arts films and all of the top 100 cinema action films. As usual as soon as western countries took this type of film on they made it better etc. All of the best martial arts films in the past 40 years have been made in Hong Kong. The reason i say this is that today many of the fight seens in these movies could not be recreated. That is why in modern films they are filmed at close range and editied very fast. My favorite martial arts film is eight diagram pole fighter starring Gordon Liu http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eight-Diagram_Pole_Fighter

Enter the dragon i feel is not up there because Bruce Lee didnt really fight any great martial artists. I much prefer Game of Death or Way of the dragon.

Modern films i like include Blood and Bone and Ip Man but most films fall way short compared to the 70 and 80s Hong Kong ones.

Ps Karate Kid was **** but it may have helped people get into martial arts films. Bloodsport on the other hand was not bad at the time.
 
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