Top 10: Martial Arts Fight Scenes

Okay, just to start with: I’m using a rather broad definition of Martial Arts here. What I mean is fights that are artfully choreographed, not necessarily that it’s flawless karate/jiu-jitsu/whatever. Most are done with some kind of weapon.

And here shall be a warning: some of these scenes are pretty gruesome. If you’re squeamish, better skip this post.

Well, with that out of the way, let’s get to it.

10. Jet Li and Evil Henchmen in Romeo Must Die

For most creative use of a hose.

9. Jason Statham and Evil Henchmen in Transporter 3

For one of the most interesting stripteases ever.

8. Christian Bale and Taye Diggs and Evil Henchmen in Equilibrium

For making gunfights interesting.

7. Uma Thurman and Evil Henchmen in Kill Bill

For stylish gore.

6. Stephen Chow and Evil Henchmen in Kung Fu Hustle

For making me laugh.

5. Ziyi Zhang and Michelle Yeoh in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

For a double pack of female awesome.

4. Vincent Cassel and Evil Henchmen in Les rivières pourpres

For best use of a video game soundtrack.

3. Min-sik Choi and Evil Henchmen in Oldboy

For gritty reality. [Well, almost.]

2. Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne in The Matrix

For the cult.

1. Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung Chiu Wai in Hero

For beauty. [Honestly, it could have been pretty much any of the fight scenes in Hero.]

11 thoughts on “Top 10: Martial Arts Fight Scenes

  1. Hmm…interesting.

    I humbly submit for your consideration the Bourne vs Hitman fight in Bourne Identity. Because the pen is mightier than the evil little palm knife.

    Also, of all the fight scenes in “Romeo Must Die”, you choose that one? Of all the Jet Li fight scenes in all the world, you choose that one?!

    • Hey, I like that scene! The hose is great. But I have to admit that I was torn between quite a few scenes in Romeo Must Die. In the end, it could have been quite a few scenes.

      And I haven’t seen the Bourne Identity and therefore also not seen the fight scene.

  2. I don’t get your choice of Jet Li, either, but it’s ok. (I chose the dojo scene from Kiss of the dragon. Ingenious.). From Kill Bill I’d have taken the fight against Oren Ishi, I think.

    And I added a scene especially for you. I wonder if you can find it on my list :P

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