Start your Martial Arts Movie collection
“Where do you begin when you start your own Martial Arts movie collection?” All around the world, martial arts movies seem to be getting more popular every year. There have been many legendary films made long ago that still gain new viewers even in modern times. Today’s martial arts movies have certainly improved in quality, with better special effects and technology available, but the classics are still worth owning. You can even find some rare editions on DVD and Blu Ray as well by searching online. Netflix has many of these available for rent and they even offer direct streaming to your computer or television. This is a great way to check out movies before you purchase them.
Let’s now look at some of the best ways to start your martial arts movie experience.
Bruce Lee And The Classics
Without a doubt, every martial arts movie collection has to begin with at least a few gems from the master. Of course, I am speaking about Bruce Lee! He is often referred to as the greatest martial artist of all-time, and he broke box office records when he began his film career in the early 1970’s.
Some of his best movies to add to your collection are:
- Enter The Dragon- Widely regarded as perhaps Bruce Lee’s best movie! It has an easy-to-follow plot and some kick-ass fight scenes.
- Fist Of Fury- A very dark film featuring a brutal ending, lots of good action though!
- Way Of The Dragon- Lee directed this film himself and he kind of gets away from the darker aspect of his previous movies.
There are also “Game Of Death,” “The Big Boss,” “Way Of The Dragon,” and others that might be worth checking out.
Must Have Movies
Enter The Dragon
While some might argue that The Chinese Connection should be the choice, we just can’t not choose Enter the Dragon. Is it the greatest story ever told? No. Does it feature Bruce Lee destroying a substantial series of evil-doers? Yes. For that alone, it’s just awesome. Bruce Lee purists may or may not agree that Enter the Dragon is his greatest film. Enter the dragon is one of those movies that has passed into legend: it was the colossal box office smash of 1973 and the most famous film of unrivalled martial arts superstar who had died the summer before its release. Enter the Dragon was the first Chinese martial arts film to have been produced by a major Hollywood studio, Warner Bros., and was produced in association with Lee’s Concord Production Inc.
Ip Man is the one of best martial arts movie we have ever seen. Ip Man is a 2008 Hong Kong biographical martial arts film based on the life of Yip Man, a grandmaster of the martial art Wing Chun and master of Bruce Lee. The fight scenes in Ip Man are so devastatingly awesome, you’ll want to start training in Wing Chun as soon as the credits roll.
Bruce Lee’s mentor, as played by Donnie Yen, is soft-spoken, kind, and insanely badass when it comes to combat. Ip Man is not just a watch-worthy flick because of the great fight scenes, but it’s also an interesting historical to look at the world of Ip Man, how he lived and what life was like in 1930’s Southern China. Plus, any dude who trained Bruce Lee must be pretty decent, right?
Kung Fu Hustle
Martial arts movies don’t always have to be dead serious, in fact, they don’t always have to be serious at all. Kung Fu Hustle won’t be confused for a Bruce Lee epic, but it’s definitely a must watch. It’s so absurdly ridiculous that you almost miss how awesome the fighting is. Kung Fu Hustle, which set box-office records across Asia during its December 2004 release, also stars Yuen Wah and Xing Yu.
The film was the all-time tenth highest-grossing foreign language film in the United States as well as the highest-grossing foreign language film in the country in 2005. Kung Fu Hustle won numerous awards, including six Hong Kong Film Awards and five Golden Horse Awards.
DVD And Blu Ray Sources
As I mentioned above, Amazon is a great source for finding DVD’s and Blu Ray editions of many classic martial arts movies. They also have some combo packages available that can save you money.
This is a good place to start your collection.
You can also search on Ebay to locate tons of sellers offering new and used copies of classic martial arts movies. Just be sure and check the reviews to see if the seller is highly rated and trustworthy.
Additionally check out MoviesUnlimited.com, where you can search for movies by the name of the martial artist starring in them. Other great places to source DVDs are:
There you have it, you should now have enough information to get you started on your collection. Once you start collecting them you won’t want to stop. There is a vast amount of movies out there and some rare ones too. I own over 200+ even though we can watch them on Netflix, I still enjoy having physical copies, it’s like owning a piece of history.