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Must Watch Martial Arts Movies

Updated on April 18, 2014

Here's a great list of Martial Arts films from 2000 and above. There are ton's out there and these are just few of what you might have missed on your collection.

NOTE: In no particular order.

Be sure to come back. List is updated regularly.

Reign of Assassins

PLOT: Set in ancient China, Drizzle, a skilled assassin who finds herself in possession of a mystical Buddhist monk's remains. She begins a quest to return the remains to its rightful resting place, and thus places herself in mortal danger because her former gang, a team of assassins is on a deadly pursuit to retrieve the remains from her which holds an ancient power-wielding secret.

Rated 6.9 at IMDB, If you love Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon then you're going to love this! The action and sword fights choreography are really amazing. The story is way much better than what is expected. If you haven't seen this yet then you just missed one hell of martial arts movie

CAST:

Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon)

Woo-sung Jung (The Warrior)

Xueqi Wang (Warriors of Heaven and Earth)

Barbie Hsu (Meteor Garden)

Shawn Yue (Dragon Tiger Gate)

Rurouni Kenshin

Himura Kenshin was a Legendary Assassin named Hitokiri Battosai during the Bakumatsu war. Now he wanders through Japan with his reverse-edged sword and vows not to kill anymore.

Rated 7.6 at IMDB, Rurouni Kenshin is the most awaited Live Action adaptation of the best selling Manga. Because of it's success, they right away made sequels which will be out this year (2014). Even if you haven't heard, read, seen the manga / anime, this movie doesn't leave questions unanswered. If you love Samurai sword fights, You will love this! A MUST WATCH!


Chocolate

An autistic girl with powerful martial art skills looks to settle her ailing mother's debts by seeking out the ruthless gangs that owe her family money.

Rated 7.0 at IMDB. Chocolate is a girl version of Ong-Bak. That should summarized the whole movie. Expect awesome fighting scenes. This is Ong-Bak/The Protector/Jackie Chan movie. The story might be not that great but its a Martial Arts movie and that is what you will get.

CAST:

JeeJa Yanin

Director / Producer: Prachya Pinkaew (The Protector / Ong-Bak)

IP Man 1 and 2

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Ip Man rated 8.1 at IMDB was a Grandmaster of Wing Chun, who was also the master of Bruce Lee. The first film is set at Foshan in the year 1930s during the Sino-Japanese War. The first movie features Ip man(Donnie Yen) during his early days the undisputed martial arts champion and later the Japanese invasion in China. The sequel tells his life after the war when he moved to Hong Kong and decided to start a martial arts school and rivals with other known schools during that time.

Donnie Yen did a very convincing acting. You will fall in love with the story and be amazed with the action scenes. The fight choreography is really done well. I would say easily one of the best Martial Arts film I've seen. A MUST WATCH!

CAST:

Donnie Yen (Dragon Tiger Gate, Flash Point)

Sammo Hung Kam-Bo

Flash Point

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Inspector Jun Ma is pursuing a Vietnamese-Chinese gang of brothers together with an undercover cop to bring down the triad circle.

if you like MMA and you like Kung fu. This is the movie for you. Story is good but not that great, its cliche of cop vs gang/triad however it has its own taste that can still satisfy you. The modern action sequence and bone crushing fight scenes will make you a Fan of Donnie Yen (if you are still not). Another Must Watch Movie.

CAST:

Donnie Yen

Dragon Tiger Gate

This is sort of a fantasy Good vs Evil movie which will entertain you for the rest of the movie.

CAST:

Donnie Yen

Nicholas Tse

Dragon

A sinful martial arts expert wants to start a new simple life, only to be hunted by a determined detective and his former master.

This is another Donnie Yen acting flick. rated at 7.1 at IMDB, The fight scenes and slow mo action will keep you at the edge of your seat. This is yet another great Martial Arts movie that you shouldn't miss.

Bodyguards and Assassins

In 1905, revolutionist Sun Yat-Sen visits Hong Kong to discuss plans with Tongmenghui members to overthrow the Qing dynasty. But when they find out that assassins have been sent to kill him, they assemble a group of protectors to prevent any attacks.

This is an action packed with great cast and a great story behind the history.

CAST

Xueqi Wang

Tony Leung Ka Fai

Donnie Yen

Nicholas Tse

Bo-Chieh Wang

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon... Need I to say more? I would say this is the movie that started the evolution of Martial Arts genre with its fighting scenes, walking on water and standing on a small branch of a tree. And YES YOU MUST WATCH THIS. No exception and no excuses, this is how great the movie is.

CAST

Yun-Fat Chow

Michelle Yeoh

Ziyi Zhang

Chen Chang

Best part is? There will be a SEQUEL staring Donnie Yen and Michelle Yeoh.

Hero

This movie focuses on Nameless (Jet Li) and his quest. No need to put more details on the story because it might spoil you (if you haven't seen this yet). Rated 8.0 at IMDB, this is yet another Crouching Tiger fight scenes with a very incredible story. Mind-Blown! MUST WATCH

CAST

Jet Li

Tony Chiu Wai Leung

Maggie Cheung

Ziyi Zhang

Daoming Chen

Donnie Yen

Ninja Assasin

Raizo (Rain) is an assassin who turns his back on the orphanage who raised him because of his beliefs. As his clan closes the gap between them he teams up with an Interpol Agent as they take down the Ninja Assassin Clan.

Although its only rated 6.4 at IMDB, it still made the list because by far this is one of best Ninja movie ever. Also most of the action is made of CG, it still makes you entertain if you're looking for a decent martial arts ninja movie.

CAST:

Rain

Fearless

This movie tells the story of Chinese Martial Arts Master Huo Yuanjia (1869-1910). Huo Yuanjia was the founder and spiritual guru of the Jin Wu Sports Federation.Obsessed with his title he will soon face the consequences of his actions.

WHAT TO SEE: Awesome Action, great fight choreograph which hard hitting action. This is the last movie that Jet Li rated (7.7 IMDB) and made so well. A darker side of Once Upon A Time In China... A MUST WATCH!


Ninja: Shadow Of A Tear

asey Bowman, the Westerner who was raised in a Dojo that trains Ninjas in Japan, is now in charge of the Dojo and married to Namiko, the daughter of his teacher, Takeda and is expecting a child. One day Namiko is killed in a gruesome manner and Casey is heartbroken. Nakabura, a former student at the Dojo who now has his own Dojo in Bangkok asks Casey to visit him. Casey decides he needs to get away goes to Bangkok. While there one of Nakabura's students is killed in the same manner that Namiko was killed. That's when Nakabura tells him that he thinks a man who has a vendetta against Takeda and his father might the one who killed them because the manner is his calling card. He tells Casey that he is a drug lord in Myanmar and Casey goes to find him but it won't easy cause he is feared there. - from IMDB rcs0411@yahoo.com

Anther great Martial arts ninja movie. Doesn't rely on CG / FX but still a decent movie

CAST

Scott Adkins

The Raid: Redemption

In the Jakarta slums, a derelict apartment building has become a no-go area - even the police are unwilling to enter. It has become a safe-house for the most dangerous killers and gangsters. A SWAT team infiltrate the building, under the cover of darkness, to remove its owner - a notorious drug lord named Tama..

The Raid: Redemption is an Indonesian martial arts action film. Rated 7.6 at IMDB and its a non-stop bone breaking action movie. Nicely choreograph fighting scenes and an above average story. This will definitely entertain you throughout the whole movie

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