Posted by: Natalie Hatch | June 16, 2009

10 Best Kung Fu Movies Ever, sort of.

In the book, best friend Alex is a Kung Fu movie nut, to celebrate I thought we’d have a look at the what I consider the ten greatest Kung Fu movies ever. You can argue with me if you want, make sure you put it in the comments.

  • Okay let’s start with my Dad’s favourite: Enter the Dragon starring Bruce Lee. Bruce plays a spy sent to infiltrate a fighting tournament which is a cover for an illegal drug/prostitution ring. Bruce is AWESOME in this movie. It’s his last ever, he died from measles a couple of weeks later. Strange that.
  • You can’t go past Kung Fu movies without at least watching the legend Jackie Chan in The Drunken Master. He is so flexible and funny. He plays a kid who gets on the wrong side of the street and is sent to go train with a Kung Fu master. His master though has a bit of a drinking problem, and he shows Jackie the way to ‘drunken’ kung fu. It’s hilarious.
  • Next we have another Bruce Lee film (have I told you he has the best abdominal muscles I’ve ever seen? Well he does), Fists of Fury! Oh another Dad movie, we were subjected to Dad movies every weekend, but this was one I didn’t mind watching. Bruce Lee is just poetry in motion. His movements are so sublime and he puts his whole self into every fight scene. This one is about rivalry between Chinese and Japanese gangs set in the 1930s.
  • The 36th Chamber of Shaolin is another classic. You might never have heard of this one but you should give it a go for pure fighting brilliance. It stars Chia Hui Liu, you might know him as the Master from Kill Bill, as a young ethics student trying to stop a rebellion.

  • Next up is Tsui Hark’s “The Blade” about murder, revenge, love and best of all fighting. There are a lot of wire fu scenes (where the heroes etc fly around, pretty cool looking) which are good. Chiu Man-Chuek is the hero and you need to go have a look just for him (oops getting off topic).
  • Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, a major kung fu movie that had the audacity to break into the big American market. The scenery in this movie I found breathtaking. The fight scenes with the ladies was cool as, and it has Yun-Fat Chow and Michelle Yeoh as leads.
  • Close Encounters of the Spooky Kind – king fu zombies, vampires and what I think are aliens! All fighting = awesome.
  • The Eight Masters – all trying to teach a kid to fight. Don’t even try to follow the dialogue, just sit back and enjoy the fighting, because let’s face it you didn’t get it out for the plot right?
  • Police Story – another Jackie Chan movie that my hubby has said is the best. I beg to differ but I did tell him he could contribute to this list so I have to work this one in. Yes Chan hangs off a bus using an umbrella, and he does throw himself out of buildings and do some pretty amazing stunts.
  • And finally my favourite of all time – Big Trouble in Little China. It’s a spoof of all the great Kung Fu movies, with the most dim witted but good hearted hero ever, played irascibly by Kurt Russell. John Carpenter wrote some of the best one liners ever!

Everybody relax, I’m here.~

send an e card Jack Burton
~ Okay, you people sit tight, hold the fort and keep the home fires burning. And if we’re not back by dawn . . . call the president.~

send an e card Jack Burton
~ Hey, I’m a reasonable guy. But I’ve just experienced some very unreasonable things.~

send an e card Jack Burton
Oh I could quote him until the cows come home. But that’s enough for now. Check out the movies you’ve never seen before. Especially the zombie kung fu… seriously horrible acting but great laughs.


  1. Enjoyed this post and the one about Enter the Parrot. I’m Kiki’s Senior Editor. May we quote some of that article on the Climbing Roses blog? Also, any idea where Kiki might be at the moment? We’d love to have her post on the blog this week to celebrate her release.


  2. Kiki is jetsetting around the world as we speak, but I do think she’s on her homeward bound trip. I’d love to see more YA Kung Fu books out there.

  3. What about Shaolin Temple or Once Upon a Time In China, two of the best wushu movies out there with Jet Li?? =/

  4. Joana I haven’t seen Once Upon a Time in China, so I can’t comment.
    But you can’t go wrong with Jack Burton backing you up.

  5. man, you guys must not watch many kung fu movies. while some of the movies you named are good, they imo are not the best. i highly recommend these:

    dance of the drunk mantis
    magnificent butcher
    warriors two
    mystery of chess boxing
    heroes of the east
    7 grandmasters
    world of drunken master
    shaolin temple strikes back
    choi lee fut:kung fu
    invincible armor
    duel of the 7 tigers

    all very good!

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