The transcript below is from the video “Top 10 Best Donnie Yen Fight Scenes” by WatchMojo.com.

WatchMojo.com (WatchMojo.com YouTube Channel – Top 10 lists on Music, TV, Film and Video Games – Narration by Rebecca/ WatchMojoLady):

As if we needed a whole Top 10 list to convince you he’s a bad-ass. For this list, we’re compiling individual fights from Yen’s filmography that stand out in terms of their fight choreography and general intensity. Our countdown includes fight scenes from movies such as “Dragon” (2011), “Ip Man 2” (2010), “Flash Point” (2007) and more! Which Donnie Yen Fight Scene did YOU enjoy the most? Let us know in the comments!

WatchMojo.com (WatchMojo.com YouTube Channel – Top 10 lists on Music, TV, Film and Video Games – Narration by Rebecca/ WatchMojoLady):

10: Donnie Yen versus Cung Le (Bodyguards and Assassins 2009)

The only film on this list that features Yen in a reduced role, Bodyguards and Assassins makes up for a sparse appearance in the third act when he finally springs into action. Being chased by the vicious Le, Yen shows off his parkour skills when he tries to escape through a crowded street. Of course, because fighters got to fight, Le catches up with him and they two duke it out in front of a crowd. Le lands a number of hits including a wicked long jump kick but Yen manages to fend him off and send them both flying into a storefront. Upon recovering, Lee looks to end it with a fishhook but Yen proves too quick with a broken piece of pottery to the throat.

WatchMojo.com (WatchMojo.com YouTube Channel – Top 10 lists on Music, TV, Film and Video Games – Narration by Rebecca/ WatchMojoLady):

9: Donnie Yen versus Kara Hui (Dragon 2011)

There is a time to hide and a time to fight. For Liu Jin-xi (Donnie), the time for hiding is over. When his old gang finally tracks him down willing to kill innocents and lay waste of the village, Yen sprints into action and upon killing one of the goons, he absconds across rooftops in an effort to draw the relentless car away from civilians. The two crashed down in a buffalo shed and give us one for the ages. Yen hold strong against the dual bladed way, whose intensity and ruthlessness are ultimately undoing. Desperate, Yen causes a stampede that leads her to be trampled and swept away over a waterfall but not before breaking Yen spirit.

WatchMojo.com (WatchMojo.com YouTube Channel – Top 10 lists on Music, TV, Film and Video Games – Narration by Rebecca/ WatchMojoLady):

8: Donnie Yen versus Andy On’s Goons (Special ID 2013)

As pulse-pounding is Donnie’s car chase with Ana’s at the end of the film, his earlier bout with one of the goons showcases his physical versatility when it comes to adapting to a relatively unfamiliar characterization. Known for playing a stoic, self-assured martial artists, Yin gets to shine as the eccentric braggadocious Dragon Chan. While beating scores of black-clad goons to a proverbial pulp with various kitchen utensils, Yin breaks the tension by using the shoulders of subdued enemies as stools and flipping them off when separated via glass partition- way to objectify in the funniest possible way.

WatchMojo.com (WatchMojo.com YouTube Channel – Top 10 lists on Music, TV, Film and Video Games – Narration by Rebecca/ WatchMojoLady):

7: Donnie Yen versus Evil Shaolin Disciples (Iron Monkey 1993)

Despite there being kung-fu fights all over this list, there’s not a lot of wire foo going on- except in this glorious entry. Acting is a late night’s sentry to capture the outlawed Iron Monkey, Donnie Yen (Wong Kei-ying) instead intercepts a band of mischievous Shaolin monks working for the evil Hen Hung. Hardly breaking a sweat, Yen moves light as a feather as he flings about his adversaries with ease; and fortunately for the viewer, the fight takes place at an archaic construction site- rife with wooden scaffoldings for Yen and company to crash into. They just don’t make fights like they used to.

WatchMojo.com (WatchMojo.com YouTube Channel – Top 10 lists on Music, TV, Film and Video Games – Narration by Rebecca/ WatchMojoLady):

6: Donnie Yen versus Chikaraishi & Henchmen (Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen 2010)

Donnie Yen is one of the few big screen martial artists that can go up against virtually a hundred foes and still look like the favorite. In this rousing finale, the titular Chen Zhen accepts Colonel Chikaraishi’s challenge looking for retribution for the scores of those murdered in his wake. First squaring off against his goons, Yen dispatches all those who challenge him- to the point that those remaining feared him at which time, the nun chucks become mere showboating. Next, in the boss battle, Chikaraishi puts him down for the count, but he manages to harness his inner Bruce Lee by going shirtless and buckling down. Once Chikaraishi is beaten to a pulp, Yen flips him a thematic coin to add insult to injury.

WatchMojo.com (WatchMojo.com YouTube Channel – Top 10 lists on Music, TV, Film and Video Games – Narration by Rebecca/ WatchMojoLady):

5: Donnie Yen vs. Three Masters (Ip Man 2 2010)

Even with plenty on the line for him, Donnie Yen Ip man never fails to remain respectful of his adversaries when he can. Upon relocating to Hong Kong, he’s tasked with proving himself against the city’s most prominent Kungfu masters if he wants to open up a school. The first two bouts are quick and fun but it’s the third one against Sammo Hung that really gets our blood pumping. Set on a rickety table top, the two fight for purchase and space while trying to keep their balance. Seeing as the fight is so evenly matched, all that can happen is for the table to literally split in two making for as close to a draw as you can get.

WatchMojo.com (WatchMojo.com YouTube Channel – Top 10 lists on Music, TV, Film and Video Games – Narration by Rebecca/ WatchMojoLady):

4: Donnie Yen versus Wang Xuebing (The Lost Bladesman 2011)

If you’re going up against Donnie Yen, you got to know when you’re beat. While attempting to locate his sworn brother and figure out who wants him dead, Yen (Guan Yu) kills a lot of generals trying to oppose him before encountering Wang Zhi. The official of Shing Yuan, long successfully cleared out the town prior to Guan’s arrival but looks to impede him anyway. What results is a hair-raising sword versus spear showdown that sees Wang fight through exhaustion- even when Guan tries to spare his life. Rather than give up the information Guan seeks for however, Wang ultimately accepts defeat and ends his own life by letting the spear fall on his neck. We don’t see it, but we feel it and it’s heavy stuff.

WatchMojo.com (WatchMojo.com YouTube Channel – Top 10 lists on Music, TV, Film and Video Games – Narration by Rebecca/ WatchMojoLady):

3:  Donnie Yen versus Wu Jing (Kill Zone 2005)

Improvised movie moments are one thing, but an improvised fight, that is something else entirely yet that is largely what Donnie Yen and Wu Jing do in the lead up to the finale in Killzone. Before Yen can take on the big bat of the film, he’s got to go through Wu in one of the most savage fights you will ever see. Going up against Wu’s knife with a baton, Yen finds himself getting cut off early. However, the length of the baton gives him the reach he needs to beat Wu to the punch. Upon bloodying Wu up, Yen is able to seize his knife and drive it home. Not stopping there, he makes sure to completely eviscerate him before ripping it out and walking away. Harsh!

WatchMojo.com (WatchMojo.com YouTube Channel – Top 10 lists on Music, TV, Film and Video Games – Narration by Rebecca/ WatchMojoLady):

2: Donnie Yen versus Collin Chou (Flash Point 2007)

You got to know that when Donnie Yen smears a nosebleed, he means business. Of course, he meant business earlier in the film when he took down an assassin that tried to use the little girl as a human shield. But it’s this climactic showdown that emphasizes the sheer ferocity he can bring to a roll. Indeed, you see him employ alternate fighting styles in this one; particularly wrestling as he pins Chou multiple times during the fight and ends it with one hell of a headlock. Everything else is simply the kind of rough-and-tumble-winner-takes-all kind of brawl that emphasizes just how fiercely Yen will fight to earn the victory.

WatchMojo.com (WatchMojo.com YouTube Channel – Top 10 lists on Music, TV, Film and Video Games – Narration by Rebecca/ WatchMojoLady):

Honourable mentions

  • Donnie Yen vs. Jet Li (Once Upon a Time in China II 1992)
  • Donnie Yen vs. Katana (Tiger Cage 2 1990)
  • Donnie Yen vs. Jet Li (Hero 2002)
  • Donnie Yen vs. Michael Woods (In the Line of Duty 4: Witness 1989)
  • Donnie Yen vs. Wang Baoqiang (Kung Fu Jungle 2014)

WatchMojo.com (WatchMojo.com YouTube Channel – Top 10 lists on Music, TV, Film and Video Games – Narration by Rebecca/ WatchMojoLady):

1:  Donnie Yen vs. 10 black belts (Ip Man 2008)

At this point in the Ip man film, Yen’s title character showed nothing but restraint and respect for his adversaries for the love of Wing Chun; which is why it came as such a brutal shock to see him waltz into general Miura’s dojo and express his indignant for his friend’s murder on not one, not two but ten black belts simultaneously. The unrelenting nature with which Ip fights, breaking arms and legs like they were bendy straws is impressive and astonishing in equal measure. Suffice it to say, he gains the general’s attention but what he really gains is our utmost admiration for his skill.




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