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13 Assassins
Perfect 95 Points 2011

13 Assassins is a perfect samurai movie, complete with the gathering of a hit-squad, an assassination-worthy villain, operatic action sequences, frequent comic relief, beautifully bucolic staging, buckets of blood and yet not a lot of gore. Action fans in general and samurai fans in particular…

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Kung Fu Panda
Perfect 1 Points 2008
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Enter The Dragon
Really Great 68 Points 1973

Now this is a movie if ever there was one, a Saturday night movie for the ages. Enter The Dragon is grand entertainment and so much more. It elevated Bruce Lee to an iconic status reached by only the most rarified moviestars, in part because he mysteriously died right before its premiere. Happi…

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Crouching Tiger...
Really Great 5 Points

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon is not a martial arts movie, it is a love story, an epic. It reflects upon many types of love. The quiet nature of mature love, the passion and intensity of youthful love. It is a broad sweeping movie that is profound and profoundly beautiful.

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God of War
Great 66 Points 2017

The Chinese vs. the Japanese in the 16th century makes for a great martial-arts war movie, full of Shaolin vs. samurai, kung fu vs. karate. This Chinese production tells the tale from the Chinese POV, with Japanese pirates raiding peaceful Han Chinese villages and engaging in war crimes as part o…

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Ip Man
Great 83 Points 2008

This great martial arts movie follows the beats and tropes of fictional king fu movies while burnishing the legend of Ip Man, a real life Grandmaster of Wing Chun kung fu and Bruce Lee’s teacher. The scene of an unarmed Master Ip facing down an armed Police Captain is a classic of the form.


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The Last Samurai
Very Good 83 Points 2003

Well produced Tom Cruise historical epic, appealing to those of us who like such entertainments. As he so often does, Cruise plays a character at once naive and smug, who reveals an admirable steeliness by the third reel.

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Kung Fu Hustle
Very Good 11 Points 2004

Surprisingly entertain, if a bit self-serving to Stephen Chow, who produced, directed, and stars as the film’s hero. A interesting mix of martial arts and cartoonish parody of artsy Chinese martial arts epics.

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The Crow
Good 17 Points 1994

Brandon Lee (Eric Draven) is brought back to life a year after he and his fiancée are brutally murdered. This action film uses the fantasy of reincarnation powered by revenge guided by a crow to get in plenty of action with a martial arts twist as the son of Bruce Lee dons a goth-Joker look and…

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Big Trouble In ...
Good 80 Points 1986

Classic Kurt Russell can’t fully rescue an otherwise charmless martial arts fantasy. That spells moderate trouble for John Carpenter’s Big Trouble In Little China, which lost a ton of money upon its premiere and lives on to this day mostly out of the affection that we Kurt Russell fans have for…

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