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Best Hong Kong Fights

Here’s what I consider to be the best Hong Kong style fights of all time (with thanks to;

  1. Jackie vs Benny ‘the Jet’ (Wheels on Meals)
    Considered to be one of the best on-screen fights of all-time.
  2. Jackie vs Benny ‘the Jet’ 2 (Dragons Forever)
    (note: does not play all the way through, unfortunately)
  3. Jackie vs Ken Lo in Drunken Master II
    Although this isn’t the actual full fight (it lasts twice as long), Drunken Master II is still considered to be Jackie’s best Kung Fu movie of all time – and rightly so; the Ken Lo vs Jackie Fight (when seen in full) is perhaps the perfect on-screen fight. It’s such a shame that when Miramax bought the rights to this classic movie they cut it to shreds. If you do buy Drunken Master II, ensure it’s the proper Cantonese cut (with subtitles, of course) and you’ll have an all-time classic movie.
  4. Donnie Yen vs Wu Jing (SPL)
    Donnie Yen with Police Baton vs Wu Jing with Knife. Brutal, but a very good fight.
  5. Donnie Yen vs Sammo Hung (SPL)
    Combines UFC style grapples, hooks and submission-like moves against Sammo Hung.
  6. Jet Li vs Billy Chow (Fist of Legend)
    Fist of Legend is a brilliant action movie and is one of many movies that inspired The Matrix. In this clip, why does Billy Chow (General Fujita) sound like “The Emperor” from Star Wars?
  7. Who am I?
    Chan vs Ron Smoorenburg
    So, okay Smoernburn was replaced by Bradley James Allan – but it’s still a good fight sequence, despite the monotonous soundtrack.
  8. “Brawl in the Mall” from Police Story
    When I first saw this movie in the very early 90s when it was part of a 5-day Jackie Chan fest at Christmas, it totally blew me away. Still considered to be the catalyst of what we now know to be the Hong Kong action movie.
  9. Police Story 2
    Chan vs Thugs in park. Man, I loved this as a kid.
  10. Once upon in China 2
    Donnie Yen vs Jet Li… although it’s all wire-fu, it’s still great!

Other honrable mentions;

  1. “Five Deadly Venoms” – One of the very best movies from The Shaw Brothers which started the whole trend of having a bad guy force where each guy has his own special fighting skill.
  2. “Enter the Dragon”
  3. “Story of Ricky” — Imagine if Paul Verhoven directed a Kung Fu movie, and you might just get an idea of just how brutal and over-the-top this movie was.