You probably have seen, or at least heard of, the all-time great movies using martial arts like “Enter The Dragon” “The Matrix” and “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” but there are a lot of films stuffed with martial arts action out there that you have probably never even heard of. Some of these many consider to be better than the more popular films available.
House Of Flying Daggers
A Touch Of Zen
This film is an absolute showcase of muay thai intensity as well as a barrage of elbows and knees. With a very simplistic plot this movie needed to impress with the action – and, boy, does it ever. The film follows a lowly citizen who seeks out evil doers who stole the head of one of the cities Buddha statues. Sound boring? Wrong. Between all of the amazing martial arts fight sequences and unbelievable stunt sequences you will be on the edge of your seat for the duration of the entire film.
Police Story is one of Jackie Chan’s earliest and yet most notable films because, after a few flops to start his career, Chan finally hit it big with this film and did so in grand fashion. This film is packed from top to bottom with some of Chan’s most notable stunts and fight sequences in which he is playing an undercover police officer who has to get himself back into the good graces of the force by clearing his name after his is framed by drug lords.
For those of you who like the more gory, drag ’em out, no mercy, over the top martial arts fights in films – this one is right up your alley. It also has some of those great & classic slapstick comedy moments that anyone can appreciate as well. AS you might expect from what I’ve already told you, there isn’t much of a story-line to follow here. There is, however, no shortage of hand to hand combat, weapons fighting and even fridge bombs (Yes, you read that right fridge bombs.)
The film is full of traditional Chinese song and dance but it is also full of the more traditional martial arts techniques. The film is extremely intriguing and enthralling with all of it’s incredible imagery as well. The one thing to be aware of is that the fighting in the film is so incredible stylized and choreographed that it almost seems more like dancing with knives than it does actual combat but, make no mistake, the high level of martial arts performance and execution in the film makes it worth watching alone.
Know as the single greatest influence for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” A Touch Of Zen is an epic three hour plus journey that takes you into the heart of the very best performed martial arts techniques in cinematic history. It’s tough to describe this one with words – you’ll need to check it out yourself!