IP Man: When a person thinks of the most famous cinematic kung fu martial artists; perceptions go to the likes of greats like Jet Li, Jackie Chan, and Bruce Lee. (No not Chuck Norris, he doesn’t count) The highly underrated Donnie Yen masterfully stars in IP Man, portraying the Chinese Wu Chun master who would go on to train the one and only Bruce Lee. The narrative of the film is semi-biographical account of the Chinese national hero who defied the invading Japanese empire in the early 2o century. Be prepared for the most insane high-speed fight scenes paired with quality dramatic acting, IP man is nothing sort of a masterpiece.
Fearless: Another great national movie of a Chinese historical figure. This time Jet Li portrays the transformative journey of Huo Yuanjia, founder of the internationally acclaimed Jin Wu Sports Federation. From certifiable narcissist to spiritual guru and national hero, Jet Li brilliant combines his martial arts and acting skills to depict Yuanjia. The fight scenes in this scene leave audiences in awe and reeling to press the replay button.The film culminates in an epic 20 minute fight scene in which Jet Li fights the best in world and wins quite effortlessly. Also have your tissues handy, as there are parts to this story that may leave tears streaming down your face.
Bruce Lee: The Legend: This autobiography is a tribute to the martial artist who set the path of martial arts taking the evolving cinematic world by storm. For all martial arts enthusiasts, this film is guaranteed to leave you feeling like a kid in a candy store. Not only do audiences get to witness some of his greatest action sequences, but they also have the opportunity to get to know the man himself. This intimate view into the life of Bruce Lee shows a man with unmatched self-discipline and profound understanding of humanity. This autobiography will take you through a maze of emotions that should leave you reevaluating whom you hold as a hero in life.
Merantau: This Indonesian beacon of awesomeness is one of the hidden gems of the international film community. The best part of this martial arts flick, which introduces the new style of Silat Harimau, is that its narrative is so much more than just its exquisite fight sequences. There is a beautiful and powerful story beneath it all as well. It encapsulates the good,bad, and the ugly of culture and the human race as it brings to the light the international issue of the human sex trade. The main character, Yuda, sets out on his Merantau (right-of-passage journey to manhood) to make a name for himself but instead ends up fighting for one of the greatest evils in the modern world; human trafficking.
The Legend of the Drunken Master: If you want to take someone even more of a Jackie Chan fan, make them watch this cream of the martial arts crop. However the film itself has much more depth than just a alcoholic fighter kicking some series butt. Jackie Chan plays the protagonist who is caught between obeying the wishes of his pacifist father or confronting foreigners who disrespect his people and culture. These foreigners have a mission of stealing historical Chinese artifacts for profit, so Jackie Chan channels the forbidden art of drunken martial arts in order to thwart such dishonor.