The Best 5 Chinese Kung Fu Movies

In the last couple of years Chinese movie industry has managed to gather more than 2 billion dollars at the box office, and some local studios produce hundreds of movies in various genres. And although some people say that the quality of most Chinese movies is still questionable, we must confess that some of them really stand out, especially when it comes to the traditional Kung Fu movies. Below are my list of the best 5 Chinese Kung Fu movies.

1. IP Man (2008)

Ip Man 2008This is truly one of the best Kung Fu movies ever made in the history of the genre. The movie is based on the life of the great Kung Fu master IP Man, who was also the teacher of Bruce Lee. The movie is actually part of a sequel and is absolutely mandatory for every Kung Fu fan.

2. Mad Monkey Kung Fu (1979)

Mad Monkey Kung FuThe movie is considered one of the real masterpieces of the genre. It tells the story of a talented teacher who knows the “Monkey Fist” technique to perfection, and who goes around the country with his sister and carry out some performances. His sister is kidnapped and he is banished from one of the towns during their visits. The subsequent revenge is carried out in constant and spectacular battles and shows some amazing battle scenes in Kung Fu style.

3. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

tiger and dragonThe movie artfully combines some breath-taking aerial acrobatics and amazing visual effects, through which the whole touching story of love, courage and dignity is told. The martial arts masters must return a stolen 400-year old sword to its rightful place. Exciting battles and a powerful love story are enough to make you a fan of the Kung Fu arts even if you haven’t been one before.

4. Fearless (2006)

Fearless 2006One of the top five places of our small list is undoubtedly occupied by one of the true masterpieces of the Kung Fu genre, which is called “Fearless”. The world-famous Kung Fu star Jet Lee plays the part of a master of Chinese martial arts Huo Yuanjia, who is a real legend for the fact that he is the founder of one of the Yuanjia Kung Fu School. So, in times of chaos and external threat, Huo aims to become the most famous Kung Fu fighter in China. He is ready to do anything for this dream, but his excessive thirst for glory is the reason for the death of his entire family. Desperate and torn by his guilt, Huo retreats to a peaceful village where he changes his entire philosophy of life by realizing that fame is no longer important, honour and dignity are what really matters.

5. Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (2011)

flying swords of dragon gateThe 3D Kung Fu movie “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate” of the Hong Kong “wizard” Hark Tsui is a bold and innovative sequel of the classics “Dragon Inn”, which is also known as “New Dragon Gate Inn” from 1992. The movie truly defeated the success of “Kung Fu Panda” and became one of the most famous Chinese Kung Fu movies ever. The director Hark Tsui has chosen to transform the whole story of the original movie rather than making just a remake of the old version. He personally worked on the script in order to ensure the uniqueness and originality of the movie. We must also confess the fact that the director has also been considered a guru in the genre that deals with martial arts and adventures. For this production Hark Tsui has chosen the superstar Jet Li.

Despite some poor performances and cliché lines, the movie provides the fans of the genre with a true visual spectacle. The 3D IMAX visual effects, which are co-produces by nine of the top companies in this field, really make it stand out.

AuthorBio: Jack works at He is a cinema enthusiast and marketing manager.

4 Responses

  1. Scott R says:

    I don’t understand the inclusion of “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate”. Not a good movie by any stretch. the IMDb review is a 6.0… good movies start around 6.6. What about “Fist of Legend” 7.6 or “Fong Sai Yuk” 7.3 or “Hero” 7.9, MUCH better Jet Li films. Or “Iron Monkey” 7.6? And nothing from Jackie Chan, not even “Drunken Master 2” 7.6? As for Shaw Bros. films, there are soooo many that just choosing one, even though “Mad Monkey Kung Fu” 7.0 is a good one, is unfair and unrepresentative of the breadth of that era. Though “The 36th Chamber of Shaolin” 7.8 would have been more appropriate.

    Five really is too few movies to cover the many variations of films within the broad genre… comedies, supernatural, modern-day, flying people, etc., etc., and the many stars and directors (Cheh Chang, Yuen Wo-Ping, King Hu, Tsui Hark, etc.). I’d say let the movies determine the number… write down every great film and total it up.

    More to consider: “Kung Fu Hustle” 7.8, “The Bride with White Hair” 7.1, “Five Fingers of Death” 7.3, “Shaolin Soccer” 7.3, “The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter” 7.6, “Enter the Dragon” 7.7, “Heroes of the East” 7.9, “Snake in Eagle’s Shadow” 7.5, “Dragon Inn” 7.2, “One-Armed Boxer vs. Flying Guillotine” (aka Master of…) 7.6, “A Touch of Zen” 7.6, “Police Story” 7.6 and “Police Story 3: Supercop” 6.9, “Armour of God 2: Operation Condor” 7.2, “Tai Chi Master” 7.3, “The Blade” 7.2, “Five Element Ninjas” 7.6, “A Chinese Ghost Story” 7.6, “Five Deadly Venoms” 7.2, etc., etc.

  2. Steve says:

    Enoc…what’sad is you know nothing of the movies above or you would not say that…especially Ip Man and Fearless!

    • Peter says:

      Ip Man and Fearless are also excellent Kungfu Movies. Maybe I should expand this list to a top 10 and they will surely be included in the list.

  3. Enoc says:

    Sad, sad, sad, you know nothing about movies.
    Read about the Shaw brothers (SB) before posting these crappy movies.

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