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Stacker uses data fromI MDb to bring you the best martial arts movies. I’ve discovered only recently the indian action cinema, and I’m appreciating it very much. But in this list there are some movies that I want to see as soon as possibile. It is always nice to watch an action/martial artsfilm that does not hold its punches back, and “We Will Not Die Tonight” does just that, through a violent, dark and “dirty” approach that benefits the category to the fullest. If you like your action films brutal, dark, and dirty, you have to search no further than “We Will Not Die Tonight”, definitely one of the best action films of the year.
It’s a story of family, as several orphaned children of a deposed general are on the run from a band of hired killers. As they flee for the country’s borders, a trap is waiting for them at the Dragon Gate Inn. But when a brother-sister team of martial artist allies arrive, they help even the odds for the refugees. I’ve always been amused by this scene in particular, when a bevy of four swordsman try to overwhelm the old master by running around him in a circle in order to disorient him. Stephen Chow is probably the biggest name in martial arts comedy since the days of Sammo Hung, and Kung Fu Hustle will likely remain one of his most well-regarded films both as a director and performer.
This scene is an iconic one, and while it’s been recreated by Jet Li and Donnie Yen there’s a power to seeing Lee dispatch his country’s occupiers with lightning-quick ferocity. Iron Monkey tells the story of Wong Fei-hong, a 19th-century folks hero who is often the subject of kung fu stories (an older version of the character is explored in Jackie Chan’s film The Legend of the Drunken Master). The story, which contrasts the righteousness of Robin Hood-style travelling warriors with the corruption of courtly intrigue, is familiar, but provides a great canvas for action-packed storytelling. Yuen Biao plays a wealthy son who fancies himself a kung fu prodigy, only to discover that his father has been paying his opponents to take a dive. The shame of this revelation motivates him to become a true martial arts champion.
Bollywood has been gaining steadily in the martial arts genre and Tiger Shroff is a prime example. Baaghi showcases India’s indigenous martial art of Kalari, and yes, there are lavish song and dance numbers typical of Indian film. If you’re not into Bollywood, just get through the first hour when the fight scenes unleash. It’s silly, but it also features some great fights from several different martial arts styles.
He then becomes a champion/defender of the school before being roped into a plot by eagle-claw kung fu practitioners to kill off all the snake-style users. In short, it’s classic kung fu stuff, very much about battles between iconic styles—mantis-style users also show up for a fight at one point. Chan hadn’t quite gotten into his comedic period yet, and it’s fascinating to see the young performer at his physical best, but still sitting on plenty of untapped potential. Clan of the White Lotus is pure, vintage kung fu, and excellent, archetypal film that is only bumped down the list slightly because it’s practically a remake of the earlier Executioners from Shaolin in most respects.
What’s more, as a pre-CGI film, the cheesy special effects just add to its campiness. All three actors sell their strikes by really hitting each other–not at knockout force but enough to injure a normal person. There’s fighting in mud pits, huge folding knives, machete chopping, shotguns, machine guns, grenades, and some excellent hand-to-hand. Headshot is an underrated ultra-violent example of what Indonesian fight films are doing lately.