CIHEMA: Martial arts

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Бойові мистецтва ________ see also: Character: Lone Wolf and Cub Character: One-Armed Swordsman Character: Zatôichi

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1. Seven Samurai (1954)

Not Rated | 207 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

98 Metascore

A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Yukiko Shimazaki

Votes: 299,704 | Gross: $0.27M

2. Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1954)

Not Rated | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

Depicts the early life of the legendary warrior Musashi Miyamoto; his years as an aspiring warrior, an outlaw and finally a true samurai.

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Mariko Okada, Rentarô Mikuni, Kurôemon Onoe

Votes: 7,169

Hiroshi Inagaki's Samurai trilogy

3. Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple (1955)

Not Rated | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

Musashi Miyamoto returns to Kyoto after years of absence. After a series of fights against the Yoshioka School, he challenges its master to a duel.

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Mariko Okada, Kôji Tsuruta, Kaoru Yachigusa

Votes: 5,230

Hiroshi Inagaki's Samurai trilogy

4. Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956)

Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Musashi Miyamoto is challenged to a duel by a confident swordsman Sasaki Kojiro. He agrees to fight him in a year's time.

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Mariko Okada, Kôji Tsuruta, Kaoru Yachigusa

Votes: 5,131

Hiroshi Inagaki's Samurai trilogy

5. Yojimbo (1961)

Not Rated | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Eijirô Tôno, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yôko Tsukasa

Votes: 103,839

6. Sanjuro (1962)

Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A crafty samurai helps a young man and his fellow clansmen save his uncle, who has been framed and imprisoned by a corrupt superintendent.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Keiju Kobayashi, Yûnosuke Itô

Votes: 30,000

Follows Yôjinbô (1961)

7. The Tale of Zatoichi (1962)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The adventures of a blind, gambling masseur who also happens to be a master swordsman.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Masayo Banri, Ryûzô Shimada, Hajime Mitamura

Votes: 4,428

see full list of Zatoichi's Adventures

8. Ninja, a Band of Assassins (1962)

Not Rated | 104 min | Action, Drama

Ishikawa Goemon (Ichikawa Raizo), a talented young ninja, becomes ensnared in a twisted scheme to assassinate Oda Nobunaga, an evil warlord bent on ruling feudal Japan with an iron fist. ... See full summary »

Director: Satsuo Yamamoto | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Shiho Fujimura, Yûnosuke Itô, Katsuhiko Kobayashi

Votes: 718

a.k.a. Ninja, a Band of Assassins © Daiei Studios

Taste of Cinema:

Best Ninja Movies of All Time #1

This is one of the first films to depict the ninja. It is a about a rogue ninja named Goemon Ishikawa that goes against a warlord that despises the practice of Buddhism. The plot may be difficult at times to follow but there is a lot going on in this, as normally the case with most of these types of films.

Ichiwaka was a popular star and appeared in several other series but unfortunately died in 1969 from rectal cancer at the age of 37.
Followed by Shinobi No Mono 2: Vengeance (1963) Shinobi No Mono 3: Resurrection (1963) Shinobi No Mono 4: Siege (1964) Shinobi No Mono 5: Zoku Kirigakure Saizô (1964) Shinobi No Mono 6: Iga-yashiki (1965) a.k.a. The Ninja: Iga Mansion Shinobi No Mono 7: Shin kirigakure Saizô (1966) Shinsho: shinobi no mono (1966) a.k.a. Shinobi No Mono 8 a.k.a. The Ninja: A New Beginning

9. The Third Ninja (1964)

96 min

Kai Provence, 1572, the Warring States period, Takeda Shingen wants Oda Nobunaga's head. Nobunaga's Iga spies want the head of Takeda's most notorious spy, Chidoken.

Director: Toshikazu Kôno

Votes: 16

a.k.a. The Third Ninja © Toei Company

Taste of Cinema:

Best Ninja Movies of All Time #2

Set in 1572 Japan, a ninja is sent out to assassinate one warlord. Three ninja loyal to this warlord find out about the plan and set out to stop the ninja.

This gritty black and white story resembles a film noir and portrays the ninja and their techniques in a serious and realistic manner. The early Japanese ninja films were more concerned with realism, similar to the stories told about the samurai.

10. Come Drink with Me (1966)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Crime

A group of bandits kidnaps the governor's son and demands their imprisoned leader to be set free in exchange.

Director: King Hu | Stars: Pei-Pei Cheng, Hua Yueh, Chih-Ching Yang, Hung Lieh Chen

Votes: 3,486

a.k.a. Come Drink with Me a.k.a. Випий зi мною

11. The One-Armed Swordsman (1967)

R | 115 min | Action, Drama

A noble swordsman, whose arm had been chopped off, returns to his former teacher to defend him from a villainous gang of rival swordsmen.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Jimmy Wang Yu, Chiao Chiao, Chung-Hsin Huang, Yin-Tze Pan

Votes: 2,631

a.k.a. One-Armed Swordsman Taste of cimena:

25 Best Martial Arts Movies of All Time
see Character: One-Armed Swordsman

12. Dragon Inn (1967)

Not Rated | 111 min | Action, Adventure

97 Metascore

When the children of an executed General are pursued in 1457 China, some heroic martial arts swordsmen intervene.

Director: King Hu | Stars: Polly Ling-Feng Shang-Kuan, Chun Shih, Ying Bai, Feng Hsu

Votes: 2,009

Taste of cimena:

25 Best Martial Arts Movies of All Time

13. The Hammer of God (1970)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The golden age of kung-fu film's first superstar Jimmy Wang Yu (even before Bruce Lee) wrote, directed and starred in his classic favorite of a noble young martial arts student who won't ... See full summary »

Director: Jimmy Wang Yu | Stars: Jimmy Wang Yu, Lieh Lo, Ping Wang, Hsiung Chao

Votes: 504

The Chinese Boxer The Hammer of God

Followed by Shen quan da zhan kuai qiang shou (1977) Return of the Chinese Boxer The Swift Shaolin Boxer

14. A Touch of Zen (1971)

Not Rated | 200 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A lady fugitive on the run from corrupt government officials is joined in her endeavors by an unambitious painter and skilled Buddhist monks.

Director: King Hu | Stars: Feng Hsu, Chun Shih, Ying Bai, Billy Chan

Votes: 4,891

Taste of cimena:

25 Best Martial Arts Movies of All Time

15. The Big Boss (1971)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A young man sworn to an oath of non-violence works with his cousins in an ice factory where they mysteriously begin to disappear.

Directors: Wei Lo, Chia-Hsiang Wu | Stars: Bruce Lee, Maria Yi, James Tien, Marilyn Bautista

Votes: 23,106

a.k.a. Big Boss © Golden Harvest Company Taste of cimena:

25 Best Martial Arts Movies of All Time Best Kung Fu Movies That Are Worth Your Time #17

The Big Boss important to begin at the beginning when looking at the all-too-brief career of the great Bruce Lee. Playing a young man who travels from China to a small rural town in Thailand to visit his cousins and possibly snag a job at the local ice factory, he finds himself swept up in the machinations of a major drug dealer (the big boss of the title) who ships heroin in blocks of ice.

Lee demonstrates a lot of the effortless charisma and magnetism that made him such a worldwide star. Directed by Lo Wei, with sometimes less than stellar results. The pacing isn’t as brisk as usual in most kung fu films, and much of the fight choreography looks sloppy compared to many other titles on this list, though he at least has a grasp on how to use Lee’s physicality, especially in the final duel between Lee and the main villain. It’s best to watch the English dub for an added dash of unintentional humor. Also watch for a great bit where Lee punches one of the boss’ minions through a wall, leaving a man-shaped hole.

16. Fist of Fury (1972)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

A young man seeks vengence for the death of his teacher.

Director: Wei Lo | Stars: Bruce Lee, Nora Miao, James Tien, Maria Yi

Votes: 24,528

Taste of cimena:

25 Best Martial Arts Movies of All Time

17. The Way of the Dragon (1972)

R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

58 Metascore

A man visits his relatives at their restaurant in Italy and has to help them defend against brutal gangsters harassing them.

Director: Bruce Lee | Stars: Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Nora Miao, Ping Ou Wei

Votes: 30,199

18. Five Fingers of Death (1972)

R | 104 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Two martial arts schools prepare for an important tournament.

Director: Chang-hwa Jeong | Stars: Lieh Lo, Ping Wang, Hsiung Chao, Chin-Feng Wang

Votes: 2,701

Taste of cimena:

Best Kung Fu Movies That Are Worth Your Time #4

19. Shadow Hunters (1972)

90 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

In the late Tokugawa period, the Edo government is using Spies from Iga Province to cause the downfall of innocent provincial Daimyo. The Shogun needs to claim the assets of fallen clans in order to boost the failing economies of Edo.

Director: Toshio Masuda | Stars: Yûjirô Ishihara, Ruriko Asaoka, Ryôhei Uchida, Mikio Narita

Votes: 91

a.k.a. Kage gari a.k.a. Shadow Hunters © Toei Company / Ishihara Productions Co. Ltd.

Taste of Cinema:

Best Ninja Movies of All Time #3

Three men during the Tokugawa era have a real big problem with the ninja, so they hunt them down and kill them. Based on a comic, the film has the same level of nudity and violence that Lone Wolf and Cub do.

Not as well remembered as that series, this one delivers in every category that would make this a cult film. It has violence, lots of blood, and nudity. Add some ninjas into the mix and you have an awesome film. It was popular enough to have a sequel released in the same year.
Followed by Shadow Hunters 2: Echo of Destiny (1972)

20. Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972)

Not Rated | 84 min | Action, Adventure

The story of a Ronin (i.e. a masterless samurai) who wanders the countryside of Japan with his small child, having various adventures.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Fumio Watanabe, Gô Katô, Tomoko Mayama

Votes: 6,431

a.k.a. Lone Wolf and Cub: Child and Expertise for Rent Director: Kenji Misumi Cast: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Akihiro Tomikawa © Katsu Production Co. Ltd. / Toho Company

see Character: Lone Wolf and Cub

21. Enter the Dragon (1973)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

83 Metascore

A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover.

Director: Robert Clouse | Stars: Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly, Ahna Capri

Votes: 92,329 | Gross: $25.00M

22. Black Belt Jones (1974)

R | 85 min | Action, Comedy

A Mafia buy out of Papa Byrd's karate school downtown ends in his death. Byrd's daughter, Sydney, refuses to sell, and wants revenge. Byrd's students call the Black Belt Jones for help. Jones reluctantly teams with Sydney in many battles.

Director: Robert Clouse | Stars: Jim Kelly, Gloria Hendry, Scatman Crothers, Eric Laneuville

Votes: 1,946

23. The Street Fighter (1974)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Tough karate master Terry Tsurugi takes it upon himself to protect a late businessman's daughter from the Yakuza.

Director: Shigehiro Ozawa | Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Goichi Yamada, Yutaka Nakajima, Chiyoko Kazama

Votes: 4,367

The Street Fighter

Taste of cimena:

Best Kung Fu Movies That Are Worth Your Time #9

Though technically a karate movie, this cult classic still belongs on this list as a perfect representative of the kind of urban martial arts thriller that came to prominence in the Seventies. Sonny Chiba plays freelance karate badass Takuma Tsurugi (or Terry Sugury in the English dub), hired to break lethal karate expert Junjo out of jail while disguised as a Buddhist monk.

The Streetfighter has the honor of being the first movie given and X rating for violence in the US. There’s no mystery as to why—the amount of blood spilled, bones noisily broken, teeth knocked out and skulls smashed probably far exceeded the MPAA’s expectations for a Seventies action movie from overseas. And let’s not forget Chiba’s bloody castration of a rapist in the third act, maybe the film’s most notorious scene, or an X-ray view of a fist ramming into a bad guy’s skull.

This is a Japanese film that very much has the feel of a Chinese kung fu movie, while at the same time maintaining the unique tone of Japanese movies from the Seventies, from the swanky outfits to the funky jazz on the soundtrack.

Chiba is not just a superb martial artist and athlete but also a very stong actor, with a similar screen presence to Toshiro Mifune, and here he gives a career-defining performance as a surly anti-hero with serious problems with authority. His weirdly loping, crouching fighting style, enhanced by odd poses and hissing, is unlike anything in movie history. Fast, fun, crazy and violent, this is a film that never disappoints. Followed by two sequels and a handful of spin-offs.
Followed by Satsujin ken 2 (1974) a.k.a. Return of the Street Fighter

Gyakushû! Satsujin ken (1974) a.k.a. The Street Fighter's Last Revenge

Onna hissatsu ken (1974) a.k.a. Sister Street Fighter

Onna hissatsu ken: kiki ippatsu (1974) a.k.a. Sister Street Fighter: Hanging by a Thread a.k.a. Sister Streetfighter 2

Kaette kita onna hissatsu ken (1975) a.k.a. The Return of the Sister Street Fighter a.k.a. Sister Streetfighter 3

Onna hissatsu godan ken  (1976) a.k.a. Sister Street Fighter, Fifth Level Fist

24. The Killer Elite (1975)

PG | 122 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Mike Locke, who works for a private security firm affiliated with the C.I.A., is betrayed by his partner and left apparently crippled for life.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: James Caan, Robert Duvall, Arthur Hill, Bo Hopkins

Votes: 5,247

Taste of Cinema:

Best Ninja Movies of All Time #4

The film is directed by Sam Peckinpah and while it is nowhere near the level of the Wild Bunch, it is a decent enough movie. He deals with the same theme of conflicting friendship, loyalty, and honor that he dealt with in the Wild Bunch. In that one Deke had no choice in pursuing Pike.

In this film, it is all about revenge. But their friendship is deep and neither is willing to finish the job, which is why George didn’t tap a third bullet in the head. It also features appearances from Peckinpah regulars Bo Perkins and Burt Young.

The appearance of ninjas is very minimal in this film and is pretty much just towards the end, focusing more on the friendship story between George and Mike.

25. Master of the Flying Guillotine (1976)

R | 81 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

57 Metascore

After his students are killed by the One Armed Boxer, a vengeful and blind Kung Fu expert travels to a village where a martial arts contest is being held and vows to behead every one armed man he comes across.

Director: Jimmy Wang Yu | Stars: Jimmy Wang Yu, Tien Wu Chu, Kang Chin, Chun-Erh Lung

Votes: 4,008

a.k.a. One-Armed Boxer II a.k.a. Master of the Flying Guillotine a.k.a. The One Armed Boxer vs. the Flying Guillotine Director: Yu Wang Writer: Yu Wang © First Film Organisation Ltd.

Follows Du bei chuan wang  (1972) a.k.a. One-Armed Boxer a.k.a. The Chinese Professionals Director: Yu Wang Writer: Yu Wang © Golden Harvest Company / Cathay Studios

Taste of cimena:

25 Best Martial Arts Movies of All Time

26. Hot Potato (1976)

PG | 87 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

Martial-arts expert tries to rescue an ambassador's daughter who was kidnapped in Thailand.

Director: Oscar Williams | Stars: Jim Kelly, George Memmoli, Geoffrey Binney, Irene Tsu

Votes: 312

27. Executioners from Shaolin (1977)

R | 98 min | Action, Drama

A couple unite - she is fluent in the crane style of kung fu, he in tiger style. They have a son, but the boy's father is killed by the evil eunuch Bai Mei. Disguised as a girl, his mom ... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Kuan Tai Chen, Lieh Lo, Yue Wong, Lily Li

Votes: 1,246

Taste of cimena:

Best Kung Fu Movies That Are Worth Your Time #14

28. The Invincible Armour (1977)

Unrated | 90 min | Action, Drama

Hwang Jang Lee is a corrupt Ming guard who frames John Liu for murder. A wanted fugitive, John hides out with a teen who is an expert in the infamous Iron Armor technique, a technique that ... See full summary »

Director: See-Yuen Ng | Stars: John Liu, Jung-Lee Hwang, Chiang Wang, Hsin Hsing Kuo

Votes: 723

© Lai Wah Film Company

Taste of cimena:

Best Kung Fu Movies That Are Worth Your Time #20

This fairly simple and straightforward tale illustrates everything that makes old-school kung fu movies so much fun—the story is mostly an excuse to keep the action moving, as a young martial arts expert squares off against an older, seemingly unbeatable master, with John Liu’s high-kicking skill in the role of General Chow making him a blast to watch.

It can’t be said to blaze any new trails (the plot actually seems very similar to that of Executioners From Shaolin in a lot of ways, with the minister being a carbon copy of abbot Pai Mei), but it is unfailingly entertaining and packed with the kind of thrills that kung fu movie fans yearn for. Also, look for a brief appearance by frequent Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung collaborator Yuen Biao as a hired fighter.
The soundtrack for this film was directly copied from Italo Western Day of Anger (1967)

29. Five Deadly Venoms (1978)

R | 97 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

The final student of a dying martial arts master is instructed to locate the previous five students and defeat any evil ones among them.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Sheng Chiang, Chien Sun, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok, Meng Lo

Votes: 5,947

Taste of cimena:

Best Kung Fu Movies That Are Worth Your Time #8

30. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)

R | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A man studies kung fu at the Shaolin Temple to fight back against the oppressive Manchu government.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Lieh Lo, Chia Yung Liu, Norman Chu

Votes: 13,862

a.k.a. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin a.k.a. Master Killer

Taste of cimena:

25 Best Martial Arts Movies of All Time Best Kung Fu Movies That Are Worth Your Time #3

31. Game of Death (1978)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

36 Metascore

A martial arts movie star must fake his death to find the people who are trying to kill him.

Directors: Robert Clouse, Bruce Lee | Stars: Bruce Lee, Gig Young, Dean Jagger, Hugh O'Brian

Votes: 16,081 | Gross: $10.00M

32. Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978)

PG | 90 min | Action, Comedy

An orphan who has been raised at a kung fu school, where he is treated as little more than a dogsbody and practice target for the students, has a life-changing experience after helping an old peripatetic beggar.

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Jackie Chan, Siu Tin Yuen, Jung-Lee Hwang, Dean Shek

Votes: 10,133

© Seasonal Film Corporation

Taste of cimena:

25 Best Martial Arts Movies of All Time Best Kung Fu Movies That Are Worth Your Time #16

Not the absolute best film for either Jackie Chan or director Yuen Woo-Ping, it’s hugely significant for the fact that it was the title that launched Yuen Woo-Ping’s directing career and established Jackie Chan as a comedy martial arts performer, and not simply a quick replacement for the late Bruce Lee as former Lee director Lo Wei had envisioned.

A low-budget, bare-bones production, Snake In The Eagle’s Shadow stands out mostly by playing up its best assets, which are the performances of both Jackie Chan and, as the main villain, Hwang Jang Lee. True to the respective reputations of both director and star, the choreography is far above the average for most martial arts movies, is largely free of wire work or other special effects, and has a speedy, acrobatic quality that helped to set a new standard.

Followed by Yuen and Chan’s Drunken Master. According to Jackie in his autobiography, the tooth you see missing in the final shots got knocked out by Hwang Jang Lee during the filming of their final fight scene, beginning his career-long trend of getting badly injured in the course of production.

33. Crippled Avengers (1978)

R | 104 min | Action, Drama

Three men, crippled by an evil warlord, become friends and learn kung fu with the help of an old teacher and his idiot pupil.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Kuan-Tai Chan, Feng Lu, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok, Meng Lo

Votes: 2,096

a.k.a. Return of the 5 Deadly Venoms a.k.a. Mortal Combat a.k.a. Crippled Heroes © Shaw Brothers

Taste of cimena:

Best Kung Fu Movies That Are Worth Your Time #19

Chang Cheh’s preference for outlandish concepts in his kung fu movies comes close to its greatest fruition in this movie, a brutally violent yet deeply silly story that begins when a man’s son has his arms cut off. Rather than bemoan fate, he rigs his son with prosthetic iron extendo-arms and teaches him Tiger style kung fu. Years later, they’re the terror of their town, foul-tempered and itching for a fight, which leads to several men being mutilated in various ways.

This is the kind of film that cemented Chang Cheh’s reputation as a tripped-out auteur, full of the kind of violent sadism, weird martial arts, strange weapons and protracted final fights that set his work apart from that of many others.

He’s taking the basic concept of One-Armed Swordsman and applying it to almost every character in the movie, with touches of Zatoichi and The Six Million Dollar Man. It stars most of the “Venom Mob” actors, who bring much of their famous skill to bear in the action scenes. Despite the film’s alternate title, Crippled Avengers has no relation to Five Deadly Venoms apart from the same director and leading actors.

34. Drunken Master (1978)

PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Comedy

Wong Fei-Hung (Jackie Chan) is a mischievous, yet righteous young man, but after a series of incidents, his frustrated father has him disciplined by Beggar So (Siu Tin Yuen), a Master of drunken martial arts.

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Jackie Chan, Siu Tin Yuen, Jung-Lee Hwang, Dean Shek

Votes: 34,298

Taste of cimena:

25 Best Martial Arts Movies of All Time Best Kung Fu Movies That Are Worth Your Time #6

35. Heroes of the East (1978)

R | 105 min | Action, Comedy

A Chinese man (Liu) marries a Japanese woman through an arranged marriage and manages to insult all of her Japanese martial arts family by issuing a challenge to her that is misinterpreted ... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Yuka Mizuno, Yasuaki Kurata, Naozo Kato

Votes: 1,904

Taste of cimena:

Best Kung Fu Movies That Are Worth Your Time #10

36. Enter the Fat Dragon (1978)

R | 100 min | Action, Comedy

An apprentice farmer (Sammo Hung) ventures to the city and helps his family battle a gang of thugs.

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung | Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Chun Yang, Roy Chiao, Meg Lam

Votes: 608

37. The Magnificent Butcher (1979)

PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

A hot headed young butcher, who is also a kung fu disciple, gets embroiled in a feud with a rival shaolin temple.

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Tak-Hing Kwan, Biao Yuen, Pai Wei

Votes: 2,057

Taste of cimena:

25 Best Martial Arts Movies of All Time Best Kung Fu Movies That Are Worth Your Time #12

38. Return to the 36th Chamber (1980)

R | 99 min | Action, Comedy

When thugs prey upon innocent factory workers, a small-time scammer trains for revenge by studying the moves of Shaolin temple monks.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Lung Wei Wang, Hou Hsiao, Lun Hua

Votes: 3,092

a.k.a. Return to the 36th Chamber a.k.a. Master Killer II

39. Fists of the White Lotus (1980)

PG-13 | 95 min | Action, Drama

The monk Hung Wen-Ting fights against the evil priest White Lotus.

Director: Lieh Lo | Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Lieh Lo, Lung Wei Wang, Kara Wai

Votes: 1,207

40. The Octagon (1980)

R | 103 min | Action, Drama, Romance

48 Metascore

A martial artist must defeat a plan by ninjas to create a worldwide training camp for terrorists.

Director: Eric Karson | Stars: Chuck Norris, Karen Carlson, Lee Van Cleef, Art Hindle

Votes: 4,723 | Gross: $18.97M

Debut cinema movie of actor and stuntman Richard Norton

Taste of Cinema:

Best Ninja Movies of All Time #5

Chuck Norris takes on a band of ninjas that have created camps around the world for training ninja assassins to complete terrorist acts. The film is known for the audience being able to hear the characters inner voice.

The film is pretty light on action. There is a car chase and then the final battle is pretty decent as Norris takes on multiple ninjas and then the top level guys. While this one appeared before Enter the Ninja, it didn’t create the ninja explosion that would soon follow because it was more realistic compared to the Cannon films.
Fighting Stars Magazine ranked the climactic fight between Chuck Norris and Richard Norton as #13 on their list of the 25 greatest fight scenes of all time.

41. Force: Five (1981)

R | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A martial-arts expert leads a team of fellow martial artists to rescue a senator's daughter from an island ruled by the evil leader of a fanatical religious cult.

Director: Robert Clouse | Stars: Joe Lewis, Bong Soo Han, Sonny Barnes, Richard Norton

Votes: 316

42. The Prodigal Son (1981)

R | 100 min | Action, Comedy

A rich man's son (Yuen Biao) believes himself to be the best kung fu fighter in Canton. Unfortunately, his father, anxious for his son's safety, bribes all his opponents to lose. After a ... See full summary »

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung | Stars: Biao Yuen, Ching-Ying Lam, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Frankie Chan

Votes: 2,793

Taste of cimena:

25 Best Martial Arts Movies of All Time

43. Enter the Ninja (1981)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama

35 Metascore

After just completing his training at a ninja school, an army vet travels to the Phillippines and finds himself battling a land grabber who wants his war-buddy's property. He must also ... See full summary »

Director: Menahem Golan | Stars: Franco Nero, Susan George, Shô Kosugi, Christopher George

Votes: 3,950

© Cannon Group / Golan-Globus Golan-Globus / Cannon Group Ninja trilogy: 1. Enter the Ninja (1981) 2. Revenge of the Ninja (1983) 3. Ninja III: The Domination (1984)

Taste of Cinema:

Best Ninja Movies of All Time #6

Even though there were a few before it, this was essentially the film that led to the American ninja explosion. Franco Nero plays a man that was trained as a ninja and heads to the Philippines to visit a friend who runs a farm and ends up having to use his skills to battle local thugs and a former ninja rival (Sho Kosugi).

44. Legendary Weapons of China (1982)

R | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

A band of killers from an ailing kung fu and magic society are sent on a manhunt for a former member of the society, whose bad mouthing threatens it's existence.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Liang Liu, Chia Yung Liu, Kara Wai, Hou Hsiao

Votes: 1,212

45. Ninja in the Dragon's Den (1982)

95 min | Action, Comedy