The transcript below is from the video “Top 10 Martial Arts Movie Fights” by The TV Regent.

The TV Regent:

“Who doesn’t enjoy a good hi-yah moment? No matter how many weapons you have in your arsenal, you can never ever forget about your fists. From Donnie Yen to Bruce Lee, we’ve compiled a list of the best martial arts fight scenes from movies that will surely give you an adrenaline rush. These fights mostly comprising of an Asian heritage have some iconic choreography and fight styles and manage to grant thrilling moments for the audiences. Unlike other fights, what matters in a martial arts fight is how much you’ve trained and how much you can enjoy. So, without further ado let’s get to our list.

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10. Ip Man

Starting off the list we have Donnie Yen versus Ten Black Belts in ‘Ip Man’. Donnie Yen is a popular name when it comes to martial arts and he sure shows his colors in ‘Ip Man’. And instead of a single opponent, why not just take ten on at once? Suffering from the rage of the death of his friend Lin, Donnie Yen starring as Ip Man, dares to challenge ten opponents at once. Even though the chances of winning seem low, he takes his opponents down one by one making sure none of them have the chance to get up and fight back again. He also doesn’t hold off to violence and nearly breaks the leg of one of the fighters then renders another unconscious with more than twenty consecutive punches. One of the notable factors of this fight is the choreography, especially when taking down multiple opponents at once. Donnie Yen moves gracefully between one another and even manages to block off the attacks of surrounding opponents while holding off the attacks of another.

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9. Police Story

How much glass you need to break to make a fight serious? In fact, you need to ask Jackie Chan himself. So, at number nine we have The Mall Fight from ‘Police Story’. You really need to stay on the internet some more if you haven’t seen at least one of Jackie Chan’s fights. This fight happens in one of his early movies, where he defeats all of Chu Tao’s henchmen and even manages to destroy half of the mall itself. So, just like ‘Ip Man’ this fight shows one man against several henchmen, but Jackie manages to take them down one by one, at random times. Just like other Jackie Chan fights this manages to show how he uses the environment really well, such as using the glass around him to inflict massive damage on his opponents. We also saw one of Jackie’s flashy stunts as he jumps off the top floor of the building and slides down to capture Chu Tao. The fight incorporates a chase and a fight scene, and the choreography matches it perfectly well.

The TV Regent:

8. Fist of Fury

We’re rounding up another one man versus army fight in our list with Bruce Lee versus an entire Japanese Dojo. Being a student of the original Ip man himself, Bruce Lee’s fighting techniques incorporate the same elements as the legendary Wing Chun mentor himself. And it really manages to show the peak of his skills. After the dojo publicly disgraces his master at his funeral, Bruce Lee starring as Chen, goes through the dojo to teach the proud Japanese a lesson and takes them all down. When the sensei of the dojo, the headmaster himself tries to take him down, Bruce Lee manages to nearly knock him unconscious. Besides being Bruce Lee, he has one of the core entry and exit scenes in this battle. He enters the dojo to return the sign and dares anyone to fight against him, then leaves the dojo after feeding the paper to two Japanese and saying, this time you’re eating paper, the next time it’s going to be glass. A real badass, right?




The TV Regent:

7. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

You don’t always need your fists to make a great martial arts fight scene. To prove the point, next on our list we have Michelle versus Zhang from ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’. After an angry exchange, the two women clash weapons giving us a thrilling 5-minute battle with a multitude of weapons ranging from swords to spears. Zhang holds the sword Green Destiny, she holds the upper hand in the battle in every instance but with Michelle’s incredible skill at each weapon, she manages to portray her skill and tactics by giving an equal challenge to her opponent. One thing to notice is that it’s very difficult to master the choreography of sword combat. And by the way, both these women move in the dojo and use their own weapons for their defense, we can see how well versed the director was when shooting this scene. Also, we’re still pretty sure Michelle would have won the battle within a matter of seconds if she actually wielded the Green Destiny.

The TV Regent:

6. Kill Zone

Now if you can’t get enough of Donnie Yen, next up is the fight between Donnie and Wu Jing from ‘Kill Zone’. When Donnie confronts the killer Jack, what ensues is a gripping martial arts fight between two of the greatest martial artists of all time. Unlike many other fights in this list, this happens in a narrow area, in an alleyway which makes both opponents fight in close quarters. When the two fighters can’t move left or right, the one who manages to take the upper hand each moment is able to push the opponent further and further back. At one time, it’s Donnie who rapidly attacks Wu when he’s open and at other times it’s Wu who takes advantage of the blade to do several quick attacks on Donnie. From the thrilling music to the graceful combat, this sure deserves a spot on our list.

The TV Regent:

5. The Raid Redemption

‘The Raid Redemption’ is surely one of the most intense action films in history. And the fight between Iko Uwais against six machete holding henchmen, managed to show just why this film can nearly give you a heart attack with its action scenes. The area of combat is just the hallway and Iko has to deal with five men at once. Now what makes this battle stand out is how Iko quickly moves from one opponent to another without taking the time to finish them. And when he gets the opening, he launches a deadly attack. Machetes are also an intimidating weapon to have and five people holding them coming at you at once is surely not something that you would take lightly. But using their own weapons against them or even disarming them in some instances Iko manages to give us one of the most thrilling martial arts battles of all time.

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4. The Protector

In this universe you probably won’t be able to count the number of bones Tony Jaa has broken. So, to prove the point, next on our list we have the Final Fight in the movie ‘The Protector’. When Tony finally arrives to confront Madame Rose, her men attack him first. Using brutality, he’s never used before, he quickly takes down more than 30 men by breaking their bones and severely injuring them. The mere brutality in the fight in his choreography is enough to land a spot on our list. And facing the final four bodyguards of Rose, Tony also realizes that he uses the weakness in their tendons against them. With armor in his hand, he takes down four of the toughest bodyguards, one by one, by hitting their arms and legs. If you want to watch a battle with strategy and amazing choreography, this is the one you need to watch.

The TV Regent:

3. Fist of Legend

The fight between Chen Zhen and General Fujita will surely be something that will go for the books but we can’t forget that it was Jet Li starring as Chen and Billie Chow starring as Fujita, both popular names in the martial arts culture. In the final act of the movie, Chen and Huo confront Fujita at his dojo and the latter manages to easily bring Huo down leaving Chen to confront the mad General. In one of the longest fights in the movie, Jet Li and Billie Chow clash their fists, trying to bring each other down. Along the battle, Chen also manages to learn how to adapt to the fight instead of using the same Orthodox fighting methods. With his innovative battle moves, Chen brings Fujita down, but things aren’t apparently over. Armed with a katana, General Fujita once again attacks the duo. This time, Chen pulls out his belt as his weapon and manages to use his opponent’s weapon against him and finally kill him. Now if you think gaming has the best boss battles, you’ll think twice after watching this scene.

The TV Regent:

2. Wheels on Meals

In the runner-up spot, we have Jackie versus Benny. From the comedic elements of this scene to the neatly time movements, Jackie Chan is one of the best actors who could pull off great martial arts scenes. In ‘Wheels on Meals’, he plays the role of Thomas, who enters the castle of the criminal gang Lord and takes down his opponents one by one. One of the toughest opponents he faces at that moment is Benny. Now the scene is divided into two stages, with the first one being tension-filled and action packed, with the second one funny and comedic. Jackie Chan is known to combine comedic elements to his action scenes and from his weird moves to dramatic moments, this battle sure gave us some laughs. It also taught the audience a lesson, that when dealing with any opponent, being calm from your mind is the greatest advantage you can have.

The TV Regent:

1. Flash Point

The fight that tops our list is Donnie versus Collin. ‘Flash Point’ is a Hong Kong action film where Donnie Yen stars as the detective, Ma Jun, who investigates a drug deal between three brothers. Calling to another great martial artist stars as one of the brothers and this battle happens when the two confront each other in an abandoned village. This fight can be considered as the best fight cinematography of all time. From the timing of the moves, to the actual pacing and how the opponents match the moves to each other’s battle tactics is a sure thing to behold. Another thing worth noting is how Donnie switches his fighting styles as the battle moves on. He uses at least 10 different stars from Wing Chun to American wrestling all in this epic fight scene and this will surely be a feast to any martial arts fan’s eyes.

So, with that we reach the end of our list. As you saw, martial arts isn’t just about hitting each other with your fists. It can incorporate various elements to the fight such as swords and other weapons. And even depends on the area and setting that you’re fighting in. A fight in an alleyway might be tougher and thrilling but at the same time, the fight in a dojo can be interesting because your opponent has a greater area to move.

So, do you agree with the list? Let me know…I’ll see you next time on The TV Regen.




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