Listen, we can’t list every great martial arts fight scene known to man – and I’m sure there are a few of your favorites that were left out of our list. But because we love the genere so much, here are just a few of the scenes we mulled over, but ultimately had to pass on, for various reasons. (I mean honestly, this whole thing could’ve been Tony Jaa fight scenes…)
Tony Jaa in The Protector
This movie has many highlights, but a one-take tracking shot and bone-crunching fight sequence top the list.
Hallway Fight in Oldboy
This doesn’t really qualify as “martial arts” – more like ‘epic brawl’ – but it’s awesome, nonetheless, so we had to give it a shout out.
Final Showdown in Five Deadly Venoms
How could we leave out this Shaw Brothers classic, which inspired RZA’s Wu-Tang Clan persona? Answer: We couldn’t.
Bruce Lee vs. Japanese School in The Chinese Connection
It wouldn’t be right to end a post like this with anything else BUT a famous Bruce Lee scene.
Check out more marital arts action in The Man with the Iron Fists, when it hits theaters on November 2, 2o12.