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Top 5 Karate Movies

Top 5 Karate Movies

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  1. Enter the Dragon
  2. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
  3. Police Story
  4. Ong-Bak
  5. Kill Bill Vol. 1

1. Enter the Dragon

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Enter the Dragon stars Bruce Lee during his prime and despite some purists saying it is not his best work, it still is a pivotal movie for the martial arts community. Directed by Robert Clouse and released in 1973, this film follows Lee (Bruce Lee) and his effort to infiltrate a 'martial arts tournament' where he believes the organizer is really the part of an illegal organization that uses a martial arts tournament as a guise for the organization. Lee is hired to infiltrate this organization through the tournament. Not only is Lee hired to do this, but he also has a personal stake in this because he is told that the organization captured his sister and caused her to kill herself. This is a classic martial arts movie that is worth watching over and over again. Not only is this an extremely exciting movie, but it is a cornerstone of martial arts culture.

2. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is also one of the most classic martial arts movies of all time. Starring Yun-Fat Chow and directed by Ang Lee, this classic film follows the story of a swordsman who gives up a very valuable and legendary sword in the yearning for enlightenment. This sword was inevitably stolen by a very skilled thief and must be tracked down. The nimble and skilled thief has to be brought to justice and the sword returned to where it was supposed to go.

This film is very well made and has won many awards including four Oscars. This film additionally has been awarded 97 film awards and another 133 nominations. This film is a classic, and well worth watching for anyone who is looking for an amazing martial arts movie. This deserves a spot on the list because of how classic this movie is. Not only is it an entertaining piece of art, but a pivotal piece of art.

3. Police Story

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One of the most influential and popular Jackie Chan movies, Police Story deserves a spot on this list. Released in 1985 and produced by Jackie Chan and Chi-Hwa Chen, this film follows the life of a Hong Kong police officer (Jackie Chan) who is framed for the murder of a dirty cop. Not only does he have no connection to the murder, but is virtuous in his nature. He must clear his name to ensure that the drug lord is brought to justice.

This film is a classic Jackie Chan movie and has won multiple awards at the Hong Kong film festival. This film deserves a spot on the list because of how much effort went into this movie by Jackie Chan. It is apparent that he has poured his best work into an extremely show stopping feature. This film paints the everyday person as the hero and that they must fight against the strength and power of well established evils.

4. Ong-Bak

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Ong-Bak also deserves to be recognized as one of the best martial arts films of all time. Produced in 2005 and directed by Prachya Pinkaew, this film follows the story of Ting, who is tasked with retrieving the stolen head of a sacred statue. This statue was stolen and the main character, Boonting, is tasked to go to the city and retrieve it. When getting there, he is faced with any obstacles and must use power and skill to overcome them and to retrieve the sacred head.

This film deserves a spot on the list because it is an amazing film that uses no stunt doubles and computer imaging, but still is able to captivate audiences in 2005. This film is also a classic for those who enjoy a lot of action. This film is very entertaining and is just a good film to watch. It keeps you entertained from the beginning all the way to the end.

5. Kill Bill Vol. 1

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Kill Bill is a classic film that deserves a spot on the list as one of the best karate films of all time. Produced by Quentin Tarantino, this classic film follows the life of The Bride (Uma Thurman) in her quest to get revenge on the team of assassins who betrayed her and left her in a four-year coma. This Film was released in 2003 and is one of the top 200 movies of all time along with being nominated for a golden globe award.

This amazing film deserves a spot because it is entertaining from the beginning to the end. It is not extremely realistic, but because of the pure entertainment aspect of the film, it makes up for it. The film features actors such as Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, among others. Despite its lack of realism and use of special effects, it definitely should be considered one of the best martial arts films of all time because of the popularity that this movie has produced for the martial arts community.



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