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Sunday, November 21, 2010

CineMarvellous! presents: George Beremov's TOP 20 Best-Reviewed Asian Martial Arts Movies of All Time

CineMarvellous! presents:

Nebular's TOP 20 Best-Reviewed

Asian Martial Arts Movies of All Time!


1. Ying Xiong a.k.a. Hero (11/10)

(2002, Zhang Yimou)

"Jaw-droppingly beautiful, amazingly-choreographed and
executed to perfection, "Hero" is an absolute martial arts masterpiece
and the most visually stunning movie ever made!"


2. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (11/10)

(2000, Ang Lee)

"Subtle, gorgeously-photographed and spectacularly action-packed,
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" is, hand down,
the greatest 'wuxia pian' film in cinematic history.
Simply unsurpassable!"


3. House of Flying Daggers (11/10)

(2004, Zhang Yimou)

"With its breathtaking scenery, compelling story and
first-rate fight sequences, "House of Flying Daggers" ranks amongst
the most remarkable martial arts films ever created!"


4. Kung Fu Hustle (10/10)

(2005, Stephen Chow)

"Highly inventive, thoroughly original and fantastically cartoonish,
"Kung Fu Hustle" is a unique cinematic experience,
and a kung fu flick like no other!"


5. Curse of the Golden Flower (9.75/10)

(2006, Zhang Yimou)

"Lush, lavish and visually-fascinating, "Curse of the Golden Flower"
is rich in detail, emotions and action!"


6. Iron Monkey (9.75/10)

(1993, Yuen Woo-ping)

"Combining mind-blowing action, flawless wire work and gripping story,
"Iron Monkey" is quite possibly the best martial arts flick of the 90s,
and Yuen Woo-ping's best film to date."


7. The Legend of Drunken Master (9.75/10)

(1994, Chia-Liang Liu)

"With its super-creative action scenes, impressive stunts and
enjoyable story, "The Legend of Drunken Master"
not only surpasses its predecessor, but also
ranks amongst the best of its genre."


8. Duel to the Death (9.75/10)

(1983, Ching Siu-Tung)

"Mesmerizing, colorful and exceptionally well-crafted,
"Duel to the Death"
is a wondrous wire-fu gem,
and probably the best swordplay movie of the 80s."


9. Shaolin Soccer (9.50/10)

(2001, Stephen Chow)

Combining sports and kung fu in creative fashion, "Shaolin Soccer" is a rarely effective genre mash-up that's as funny as it's spectacular.


10. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (9.50/10)

(1978, Chia-Liang Liu)

"Blending eye-popping fight and training sequences
with great scenery, and Gordon Liu's incredible skills,
"The 36th Chamber of Shaolin"
is like a
dream-come-true for martial arts fans!"


11. Fist of Legend (9.50/10)

(1994, Gordon Chan)

"Providing stellar fight scenes, epic story and compelling characters,
"Fist of Legend" is a true martial arts phenomenon!"


12. Once Upon a Time in China II (9.50/10)

(1992, Tsui Hark)

""Once Upon a Time in China II" is Tsui Hark's
greatest achievement so far, as it delivers strong story,
believable characters and absolutely spectacular action!"


13. Tai Chi Master (9.50/10)

(1993, Yuen Woo-ping)

"Yuen Woo-ping's "Tai Chi Master" shines with brilliant wire work,
inventive action choreography and engaging characters, plus it
offers massive entertainment value."


14. The Shaolin Temple (9.50/10)

(1982, Zhang Xinyan)

"A truly fascinating and unforgettable kung fu classic,
"The Shaolin Temple" delivers everything fans of old-school
martial arts films could want."


15. Fearless (9.50/10)

(2006, Ronny Yu)

"Beautifully-shot, visually-striking and
geniusly-choreographed, "Fearless" is one of Jet Li's
most memorable films to date."


16. Reign of Assassins (9.50/10)

(2010, Chao-Bin Su & John Woo)

"Captivatingly-entertaining, spectacularly-choreographed
and visually-fantastic, "Reign of Assassins" is one of the slickest
martial arts films ever made."


17. Swordsman II (9.50/10)

(1992, Ching Siu-tung)

"With its dazzling cinematography, top-notch cast, and
impressive fight choreography, "Swordsman II" is
one of the very best swordplay movies of the '90s!"


18. A Touch of Zen (9.50/10)

(1969, King Hu)

"Inspirational, legendary and wonderfully-crafted,
"A Touch of Zen" is the mother of all 'wuxia' movies."


19. Shaolin (9.50/10)

(2011, Benny Chan)

"With its compelling story, brilliantly-portrayed characters, fantastic visuals and stupendous action sequences, Benny Chan's "Shaolin" ranks as one of the most accomplished, profoundly-engrossing and slickly-crafted martial arts movies ever made."

20. The Legend of Fong Sai Yuk (9.25/10)

(1993, Corey Yuen)

"Offering an incredible action, engrossing story and wonderful visuals,
"The Legend" is a pure martial arts extravaganza!"



Jaccstev said...

Have watched all those films in the list. You know how consumptive I am with martial arts flicks :)

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Of course you have. Those are the best :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Excellent choices! Your top four are spot-on.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Thanks, Alex! The top 4 are all AMAZING movies!