Who doesn't love a good martial arts movie?
Especially now during the covid time, we are at home more since a lot of gyms are closed. Training martial arts isn't always easy when you cannot go to train with your brothers and sweat it all out. Luckily, there are other ways to keep up to date and learn a move or two. Of course, this is from watching martial arts movies. (and who doesn't love these over the top moves that you would NEVER pull of in a real fight?
Since we have some time on our hands and wanted you to stay entertained during the lockdown, we decided to create a top 10 guide with the best martial arts movies you have to see!
So here we go.
Number 10: Snake Eyes - Robert Schwentke
Based on the popular line of Hasbro action figures, Snakes Eyes is the spin-off film to the previous GI Joe pictures of The Rise of Cobra and Retaliation. This film details the origin of the ninja warrior Snake Eyes (Henry Golding) and how he became an unlikely ally to the Joe task force. Directed by Robert Schwentke (Red, RIPD), the film also feature such familiar GI Joe characters as Storm Shadow (Andrew Koji), Baroness (Úrsula Corberó), and Scarlett (Samara Weaving), in addition to supporting performances by Samara Haruka Abe, Takehiro Hira, and Steven Allerick. this is a must see martial arts film which will be released in Oktober 2021!
Number 9: The raid - Serbuan Maut
A S.W.A.T. team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs.
In Jakarta, Indonesia, Lieutenant Wahyu organizes the invasion of an apartment building that is the safe house of the powerful and cruel drug lord Tama and his gang. The SWAT team breaks in the building but one lookout sees and warns the gangsters and the police force is trapped on the seventh floor. They learn that Lt. Wahyu has not informed his superiors about the operation. Now the police officers have to fight with limited ammunition against the armed and dangerous gangsters.
This action packed martial arts movie features some of the best close combat martial arts fight where you occasionally see people flying through walls and getting thrown out of windows.
Number 8: The raid 2: Berandal - Gareth Evans
Once you finished the first "The Raid" movie, we can almost guarantee you that you want to watch the second part right away, since this martial arts movie immediately continues to story of the first part.
Two hours after the events of the first film, the surviving officers of the Jakarta apartment raid - Rama, Bowo and an arrested Lieutenant Wahyu - rendezvous with Lieutenant Bunawar on the advice of Rama's brother Andi. Bunawar, the head of an internal investigation unit, sends the injured Bowo for treatment but executes Wahyu, assuring Rama it is to protect him from crooked cops like Wahyu; Bunawar also tells Rama that courts cannot fix the problem and that testifying would only endanger him and his family. Bunawar asks Rama to go undercover to expose the other corrupt officials' dealings with the Bangun and Goto crime syndicates; Rama refuses.
Number 7: Enter the dragon - Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee purists may or may not agree that Enter the Dragon is his greatest film. But this is the one that has passed into legend: it was the colossal box office smash of 1973 and the most famous film of that unrivalled martial arts superstar who had died the summer before its release of a cerebral reaction to painkillers. He shared with James Dean the grim distinction of appearing posthumously in his most famous picture. After a career as a child star in Hong Kong cinema – almost the Macaulay Culkin of his day – and a spell on TV's The Green Hornet, Lee exploded into action pictures that were simply so popular and profitable that Warner Brothers agreed to make Enter the Dragon
This truly is a must see martial arts movie for anyone who dares to say he is into martial arts!
Number 5: Once upon a time in China - Jet Li
Featuring Wong Fei-Hunt (Jet Li), Once Upon a Time in China combines drama and action to show the struggles that Chinese nationals went through in the hands of their Western counterparts. Under the leadership of the legendary Tsui Hark, this film contains plenty of action sequences and a touch of comedy to spice it up.
A good all time classic martial arts movie.
Number 4: The Ong Bak series
Ong Bak as a movie is fairly straightforward: city baddies steal a village's Buddha head; a humble peasant goes to get it back, individually crushing each adversary with his bare hands in the process. That's all it needs. Ong Bak's prime objective is to say, "Can you believe this guy?" and with the added note that no special effects or stunt doubles were used, it more than accomplishes it. In fight after fight, Jaa unleashes moves that leave you thinking, "That's gotta hurt"
This is one of our personal favourite martial arts movies here at primal arts!
Number 3: The Assassin - Hou
The Assassin, based on a tale of a young woman raised as a killer in the Tang Dynasty, is one of Hou’s best creations. Hou did an incredible rendition with the storyline, thanks to the many years of work he and the team put in creating The Assassin. This “best director” according to Taiwan’s 88th official Oscar submission, has an array of groundbreaking productions like A City of Sadness, Flight of the Red Balloon, and The Puppetmaster, among others. The Assassin is equally or more exceptional and likely to keep you hooked from start to finish.
Number 2: Seven swords - 2005
In the mid-17th century, the Manchus conquer the territories of the former Ming Empire and establish the Qing Empire. While nationalistic sentiments start brewing within the wulin (martial artists' community), the Qing government immediately imposes a ban forbidding the common people from practising martial arts. The warlord Fire-Wind sees the new law as an opportunity to make a fortune so he offers to help the government execute the new rule. Greedy, cruel and immoral, Fire-Wind ravages northwest China with his army and kills thousands of resistance fighters and innocent civilians. His next goal is to attack Martial Village, which houses a large number of martial artists.
Take a guess who will win that fight in this amazing martial arts movie.
Number 1: Undisputed Series
Undisputed heavy weight boxing champion George "Iceman" Chambers (Rhames) is convicted of rape and sentenced to a new prison in the desert, called Sweetwater. The high-security facility is populated by hardened criminals. Unaware of the prison's ways and its unique hierarchy, the pompous and bratty Chambers tries to impress upon the inmates his status as a champion boxer.
The film received three direct to video sequels. The first was Undisputed II: Last Man Standing, which was released in 2006. A second sequel, Undisputed III: Redemption, was released in 2010, and follows Undisputed II's Yuri Boyka as the main character. A third sequel, again focusing on the latter character, Boyka: Undisputed, was released in 2017.
This whole series is an amazing watch for anyone who is into mixed martial arts. Making it to our number 1 spot on the list of must watch martial arts movies.
Well that was it for out Top 10 must watch martial arts movie list!
If you are into martial arts, you must definitely watch all of these amazing movies to learn a thing or two.
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