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10 Ass Kicking Kung Fu Battles

Epic Fights In Kung Fu Movies

By Rob Worley     October 22, 2009

A knee to the chin and an elbow to the top of the head: Tony Jaa's signature move is just one of the many ways the Muay Thai warrior is going to rattle teeth and dazzle movie-goers when Ong Bak 2: The Beginning hits theaters tomorrow. Like any good martial arts film, that movie is going to live or die on the strength of its kung fu battles.

We've rounded up 10 of our favorite slug-fests to get you psyched up for the weekend ass-kicking.

 

10. Rope vs. Blade from Master of the Flying Guillotine (1975)

Crazy super powers, exotic fighters, a kung fu tournament and a weapon that can shear its victim's heads clean off--Master of the Flying Guillotine has it all! This battle features two lesser characters but reveals the kind of outlandish confrontations found throughout.


 

9. Oiled up in Transporter (2002)

Sure. The best kung fu battles take place in Asian cinema, but Brit actor Jason Statham proved he's no slouch. Although online details of his martial arts training are vague, one thing is clear: Statham does his own on-screen fighting, as evidenced in this clip from Corey Yuen's Transporter in which numerous asses get a kicking:


 

8. Final fight from Five Deadly Venoms (1978)

A favorite of the Wu-Tang Clan, and with good reason. Two heroes. Two villains. Too much mayhem in this final battle from the classic Five Deadly Venoms.


 

7. Yen vs. Hung in Kill Zone (2005)

Two masters go at it as Donnie Yen takes on the big man, Sammo Hung in this brutal boss battle to end all boss battles.


 

6. Hanged Man from The Legend Fong Sai Yuk (1993)

There may be no greater example of Jet Li's ass-kickery than The Legend of Fong Sai-Yuk which deftly blends drama, comedy and non-stop chopsocky! Here's a grim moment as Jet confronts the bad guys, determined to lay his fallen friend to rest.


 

5. Calligraphy fight in The Magnificent Butcher (1979)

Remember, students. Grace and style will win out over anger and aggression. Observe one of many of the inventive battle scenes from The Magnificent Butcher.


 

4. Yeoh vs. Zhang in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

"Fine...the friendship is over."

And with that declaration, two great lady weapons masters throw down!

 

 


 

3. Long take ass-whoopin' from The Protector (2005)

You want proof Tony Jaa is the new reigning champ of kung fu cinema? The man knows it’s as much about the art of film as it is about breaking bones. Check out this amazing footage, described as the "most dangerous" long-take on film, as Jaa climbs flights of stairs toppling every villain in his path. No wires. No edits. It was a month of exhausting filming before they got this four-minute sequence right.


 

2. Everything is a Weapon in First Strike (1996)

We could choose any of 100 scenes featuring Jackie Chan for this list. The man is not just a master of numerous fight techniques who does his own stunts. He's also a first-rate choreography capable of turning every element of set, costume and prop into a deadly comic weapon. Observe:


 

1. Bruce Lee Kicks Everyone's Ass in Fist of Fury (1972)

Check out this clip as Bruce Lee, the biggest badass in the history of kung fu cinema, takes on about 30 karate students at once and then kicks their master's butt. Self-inflicted Nunchaku-related injuries reach peak levels in America later that year.

Read Mania's Review of Ong Bak 2 here.


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tiredjay 10/22/2009 4:29:28 AM

Screen fighting =/= kung fu.

Seriously, this list comes off like someone who says "Chinese throwing stars" and "karate chop."

riomstonn 10/22/2009 6:05:54 AM

Seeing as this list is called "10 Ass Kicking Kung Fu Battles: Epic Fights In Kung Fu Movies", your comment is completely irrelevant.

goldeneyez 10/22/2009 6:48:08 AM

I don't know if it's one of the most epic, but one of the coolest would have to be Gordon Liu in Dirty Ho kicking a guys ass while making it appear that a waitress is doing it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ci_hzxEJUlQ

ponyboy76 10/22/2009 7:06:29 AM

There are like 2 other great kung fu battles from Bruce Lee I'd put there. Game of Death ( every fight) and Bruce Lee vs Chuck Norris in the Coliseum.

Wiseguy 10/22/2009 7:14:59 AM

The subway fight between Neo and Agent Smith?

Wiseguy 10/22/2009 7:17:50 AM

Sandy Cheeks vs Master Udon in Spongebob Squarepants "Karate Island" episode

mgibson17 10/22/2009 7:50:25 AM

I’m 52 Years of age and I remember the opening fight scene of Enter the Dragon as if it were yesterday. I remember how the paramount theater roared when Bruce Lee did some of the things he did.
But….
The Dungeon scene on Han’s island has to be the greatest fight scene of all time. I think the coliseum fight scene in the return of the Dragon, with he and Chuck Norris is a close second. In Enter the Dragon, Lee goes through a myriad of weapons and ends up working the Nunchaku; which up until that time most of the general public had never seen before. Well the theater went crazy. I don’t know how this got past you; I don’t know how old you are- but if you’re as old as I you remember the scene well. Hell- even the paring of his character with Han’s bodyguard should be right up there as well. Even today there aren’t many men who could pull it off.
It should have been number one easy. You also forgot the last scene between Lee and the imported Russian champion in The Chinese connection. Simply Epic!!
And I'll never forget that plump- curvaceous Geisha dancer.
 

Whitelotuspriest 10/22/2009 8:18:44 AM

I could add a million fights to this but some of my favorites are, Gordon Liu vs. Lo Lieh in 36th Chamber of Shaolin that should definitely be on here. Antoher is Chen Kuan Tai vs. Pai Mei (Lo Lieh) in Executioners from Shaolin, Or the last scene in the House of Traps, are a few of my faves.

drumshine 10/22/2009 8:26:09 AM

How can anyone leave off The Last Dragon. I'm mean come on! Sho'nuff, the glow, catching a bullet in your teeth. And don't forget the kickass 80's music.

savagelee 10/22/2009 8:41:32 AM

 I wish Daredevil could've been more like these movies. I hope that some day somebody will make a comic movie with action on par with what's seen in the scenes! That Kill Zone scene should've been DD VS The Kingpin... 

Great list, Rob!

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