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Sunday, November 21, 2010

CineMarvellous! presents: Nebular'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!


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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!"

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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!"

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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!"

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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!"

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5. 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."

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6. 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!"

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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."

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8. The Legend of Fong Sai Yuk (9.75/10)

(1993, Corey Yuen)

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

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9. Fist of Legend (9.75/10)

(1994, Gordon Chan)

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

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10. 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."

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11. 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!"

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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!"

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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."

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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."

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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."

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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."

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17. Wing Chun (9.50/10)

(1994, Yuen Woo-ping)

"Fast, funny, exciting and action-packed,
"Wing Chun" is one of the most impressively-choreographed
and enjoyable martial arts flicks of its era."

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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."

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19. Bodyguards and Assassins (9.50/10)

(2009, Teddy Chan)

"Refreshing, thrilling and marvellously-choreographed,
"Bodyguards and Assassins" perfectly blends a strong plot,
appealing characters and stupendous action!"

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20. 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."

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4 comments:

Jaccstev said...

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

Nebular said...

Of course you have. Those are the best :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Excellent choices! Your top four are spot-on.

Nebular said...

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