The transcript below is from the video “Top 10 Times Martial Artists Went Beast Mode” by WatchMojo.com.

WatchMojo.com (Top 10 Lists on Music, TV, Film and Video Games):

These scenes kicked ass and took names. For this list, we’ll be ranking the moments in martial arts films where characters (and actors) gave it their all. Our countdown includes “Shaolin and Wu Tang”, “The Raid: Redemption”, “Ip Man”, and more! Did YOUR favorite martial arts moment make the list? Let us know in the comments!

Peter DeGiglio from WatchMojo.com:

“These scenes kicked ass and took names. Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Times Martial Artists Went Beast Mode.

[Scene from ‘Game of Death’ 1978]

For this list, we’ll be ranking the moments in martial arts films where characters (and actors) gave it their all. These sequences showcased some of the best and most intense performances from the martial artists in question, but will likely also reference important plot points, so a spoiler alert is now in effect!

Peter DeGiglio from WatchMojo.com:

Number 10: Final Fight | ‘Shaolin and Wu Tang’ (1983)

“It’s no secret that rap heroes the Wu-Tang Clan are heavily inspired by classic kung-fu flicks from the 1970s and ’80s.”

[Scene from “Shaolin and Wu Tang” 1983]

Man:

“If what you say is true, the Shaolin and the Wu Tang could be dangerous.”

Peter DeGiglio from WatchMojo.com:

“This film in particular, however, has been heavily sampled by hip hop artists across the globe, but ‘Shaolin and Wu Tang’ isn’t just about retro kitsch.”

[Scene from “Shaolin and Wu Tang” 1983]

Peter DeGiglio from WatchMojo.com:

“Instead, this final fight scene featuring director and star Gordon Liu, starts in overdrive and reaches a fever pitch, thanks to some world class skill. Liu and his co-stars tell a story of murder, jealousy and miscommunication all within their deadly ballet of martial arts, with Liu in particular able to balance comedic lines and incredible acrobatics with ease. This kung-fu matinee is totally legit.”

[Scene from “Shaolin and Wu Tang” 1983]

Peter DeGiglio from WatchMojo.com:

Number 9: Donnie Yen vs. Mak Wai-cheung | ‘Legend of the Wolf’ (aka ‘The New Big Boss’) (1997)

“Genre legend Donnie Yen directed, produced, co-wrote and even starred in this late nineties flick. Also known as ‘The New Big Boss,’ it features this ridiculously frenetic fight between Yen and an opponent utilizing a ‘monkey-style’ fighting technique.”

[Scene from “Legend of the Wolf” 1997]

Peter DeGiglio from WatchMojo.com:

“The scene is straight bananas, opening with a flurry of punches from actor Mak Wai-cheung, with the sound design on their impact sounding like thunderclaps from the heavens.”

[Scene from “Legend of the Wolf” 1997]

Peter DeGiglio from WatchMojo.com:

“Meanwhile, the choreography between the two men ramps up its pace to ludicrous speed, leaving both Yen and Wai-cheung looking like total badasses.”

[Scene from “Legend of the Wolf” 1997]

Peter DeGiglio from WatchMojo.com:

Number 8: Jackie Chan vs. Benny Urquidez | ‘Wheels on Meals (1984)

“Jackie Chan’s love of physical comedy and silent-era cinema has been well documented, with many of his productions making the most out of some death-defying stunt work and captivating visual style.”

[Scene from “Wheels on Meals” 1984]

Jackie Chan as Thomas:

“Come on…”

Peter DeGiglio from WatchMojo.com:

“This match between Chan and fellow legend Benny ‘The Jet’ Urquidez, starts off fairly serious, with the pair’s martial arts ballet gradually increasing intensity before taking a turn.”

[Scene from “Wheels on Meals” 1984]

Peter DeGiglio from WatchMojo.com:

“The ‘Wheels on Meals’ score turns decidedly funky, and Chan begins to incorporate a more light-hearted approach, even tickling ‘The Jet’ at one point.”

[Scene from “Wheels on Meals” 1984]

Peter DeGiglio from WatchMojo.com:

“Don’t think for a second that either man phones it in from here, however, as this extended fight features Chan besting The Jet with an incredible double shot before finishing him off with an equally incredible flying knee.”

[Scene from “Wheels on Meals” 1984]

Peter DeGiglio from WatchMojo.com:

Number 7: Donnie Yen vs. Collin Chou | ‘Flash Point’ (2007)

“There’s a sense of realism with our next entry, a stark contrast to some of the more fantastic examples on this list.”

[Scene from “Flash Point” 2007]

Peter DeGiglio from WatchMojo.com:

“Perhaps this is due to reports that Donnie Yen was inspired by mixed martial arts during the production of ‘Flash Point’ in 2007.”

[Scene from “Flash Point” 2007]

Peter DeGiglio from WatchMojo.com:

“This could explain why this final fight between Yen and Collin Chou feels so wince-inducing and dangerous. Sure, there’s plenty of fleet footwork to be had, but the vibe overall fits the ‘beast mode’ idea perfectly, with both men giving their all to the scene. Knees on the ground, arm bars and triangles make the most out of the close quarters setting, while a brief break in the action only serves to amp things up for a brutally physical finale.”

[Scene from “Flash Point” 2007]

Peter DeGiglio from WatchMojo.com:

Number 6: Kumite! Kumite! Kumite!|‘Bloodsport’ (1988)

“The plot of ‘Bloodsport’ sounds like a precursor to ‘Mortal Kombat’: an unsanctioned, underground and out of control fighting competition featuring the strongest competitors from around the world.”

[Scene from “Bloodsport” 1988]

Peter DeGiglio from WatchMojo.com:

“The film was based upon the outlandish real-life claims of martial artist and choreographer Frank Dux, but don’t let the controversial nature of Dux’s story deter you from checking out this late eighties action gem. The Kumite tournament is full of highlights, but the final battle between Jean-Claude Van Damme and Bolo Yeung brings everything together in terms of Van Damme beast mode.”

[Scene from “Bloodsport” 1988]

Peter DeGiglio from WatchMojo.com:

“Van Damme’s Dux fights through the temporary blindness caused by Yeung’s cheating powder throw and is all slow-motion spin kicks and howling expressions of rage, finally making his opponent submit in defeat.”

[Scene from “Bloodsport” 1988]

Peter DeGiglio from WatchMojo.com:

Number 5: Jet Li vs. Billy Chow | ‘Fist of Legend’ (1994)

“Remakes don’t always live up to their source material, but this Jet Li vehicle did an admirable job at updating Bruce Lee’s classic 1972 film, ‘Fist of Fury’.”

[Scene from “Fist of Legend” 1994]

Man:

“Foreigners have been doing whatever they wanted to do in our country. That’s because we have tolerated them doing it. As long as I live, we won’t tolerate it anymore!”

Peter DeGiglio from WatchMojo.com:

“Li takes on the role of Chen Zhen in ‘Fist of Legend’, squaring off against the mad General Fujita at the film’s climax.”

[Scene from “Fist of Legend” 1994]

Peter DeGiglio from WatchMojo.com:

“The scene between Li and co-star Billy Chow is a master class in choreography, style and grace, equal parts classic kung-fu with a modern cinema aesthetic. Chow cuts a particularly imposing figure, barely recognizing the damage taken until Li finally gets the upper hand, eventually ending Fujita’s reign of terror with a belt and a well-timed twist on the General’s own katana.”

[Scene from “Fist of Legend” 1994]

Peter DeGiglio from WatchMojo.com:

Number 4: Death in the Lab |‘The Raid: Redemption’ (2011)

“We could’ve easily gone with the hallway fight in ‘The Raid: Redemption’ for our next pick, but we decided to go with the drug lab sequence instead.”

[Scene from “The Raid: Redemption” 2011]

Peter DeGiglio from WatchMojo.com:

“The secret to this scene’s success, unlike others on our list, doesn’t necessarily hinge upon a one-on-one match up but instead is more about the sum of its parts. Iko Uwais’ Rama has reunited with part of his police squad as they make their way through an array of thugs.”

[Scene from “The Raid: Redemption” 2011]

Peter DeGiglio from WatchMojo.com:

“The camera is almost a separate character as it captures all of the incredible choreography on display, from every punch and kick to a varied array of improvised weapons. This one truly goes all the way.”

[Scene from “The Raid: Redemption” 2011]

Peter DeGiglio from WatchMojo.com:

Number 3: Tipsy Terror | ‘Drunken Master II’ (1994)

“In case you were wondering: yes, Drunken Boxing is a real style of martial arts, with roots dating back to Buddhist and Daoist monks.”

[Scene from “Drunken Master II” 1994]

Man:

“Drunken boxing.”

Peter DeGiglio from WatchMojo.com:

“Jackie Chan’s ‘Drunken Master’ series is considered by many to be some of his best work, and this final fight from the second film provides plenty of evidence to back up that claim.”

[Scene from “Drunken Master II” 1994]

Peter DeGiglio from WatchMojo.com:

“Chan’s Wong Fei-hung is a curious mix of comically tipsy and uncharacteristically feral at points, attacking Ken Lo’s John with a full-bore, head on attack. The drunken style’s unpredictability makes for an entertaining watch, while Chan’s performance is over the top and genre defining in a way that only he can deliver.”

[Scene from “Drunken Master II” 1994]

Peter DeGiglio from WatchMojo.com:

Number 2: Dojo Attack | ‘Fist of Fury’ (1972)

“There’s a very good reason why the iconic Bruce Lee is so pissed at the climax of ‘Fist of Fury’.”

[Scene from “Fist of Fury” 1972]

Man:

“Don’t be unconvinced, youngster. You’re all useless sick men of Asia.”

Peter DeGiglio from WatchMojo.com:

“The film’s core is very much rooted in anti-Chinese sentiment, with Lee’s Chen Zhen facing off against an abusive rival school of Japanese martial artists. It all comes to a head when Lee’s character confronts these students in their dojo, initially besting a couple in one-on-one fights before being surrounded by the clearly outmatched group.”

[Scene from “Fist of Fury” 1972]

Man:

“Surround him.”

Peter DeGiglio from WatchMojo.com:

“Bad idea. Lee punches and kicks his way through his opponents with ease, before busting out a pair of nunchakus and getting down to beast mode business.”

[Scene from “Fist of Fury” 1972]

Peter DeGiglio from WatchMojo.com:

“It’s an intense, entertaining but also very personal scene that makes the most out of Lee’s definitive martial arts skill.

Peter DeGiglio from WatchMojo.com:

Before we name our number one pick, here are a few honourable mentions.

The Sword Thief – ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ (2000) |
Beauty and the Beast Mode

[Scene from ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ 2000]

Fight Club – ‘Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior’ (2003) | We Can Talk About This Fight Club

[Scene from ‘Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior’ 2003]

Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris – ‘The Way of the Dragon’ (1972)| 
Good Luck, Chuck

[Scene from ‘The Way of the Dragon’ 1972]

Yuri Boyka vs. Raul ‘Dolor’ Quiñones – “Undisputed III: Redemption” (2010) | For Brutal Realism

[Scene from ‘Undisputed III: Redemption’ 2010]

The Prison Yard Fight – ‘The Raid 2’ (2014) | For Fun in the Mud

[Scene from ‘The Raid 2’ 2014]

Peter DeGiglio from WatchMojo.com:

Number 1: Ten Black Belts |‘Ip Man’ (2008)

‘I want to fight ten people!’ This is the demand set forth by Donnie Yen’s Ip Man in this 2008 film, an act that would probably spell certain doom for anyone else”

[Scene from ‘Ip Man’ 2008]

Donnie Yen as Yip Man:

“Give me 10 of them.”

Man:

“You crazy? Please don’t.”

Donnie Yen as Yip Man:

“I want to fight 10.”

Peter DeGiglio from WatchMojo.com:

“…but thanks to this pick’s placement, you can probably figure out what happens next.”

[Scene from ‘Ip Man’ 2008]

Peter DeGiglio from WatchMojo.com:

“The tension ramps up to an almost unbearable point, before Yen explodes with a performance that barely controls its rage. The titular Ip Man is surrounded by ten karateka and spares no one, breaking limbs and destroying anyone in his path. This scene may not be as long or drawn out as some of the others in our list, but Yen is ruthlessly efficient in his work, leaving an impression on the viewer that will not soon be forgotten.”

[Scene from ‘Ip Man’ 2008]

Man:

“He wants you to come back.”

Donnie Yen as Yip Man:

“I didn’t come here for the rice.”


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