[The Super Five] 5 Random Martial Arts Films Worth Checking Out
Welcome to a brand new weekly feature here at HouseOfGeekery called ‘The Super Five’. This is a different take on the ‘Top 10’ or ‘List’ style features, where I take a subject and simply name five things. It isn’t a top list, just simply five things for your enjoyment! Enjoy the debut column!
While I have been recovering from some injuries, I’ve been watching some martial arts films. This got me thinking, what are five random martial arts films I’d recommend? Especially to people who may not be that familiar with genre, I’ve come up the following …
5.) THE KING OF THE KICKBOXERS (1990)
This is such a great film, it is a lot of fun to watch and by golly does it have some of the best martial arts you’ll see. The choreography is amazing, the final battle between my pal Loren Avedon and Billy Blanks is one for the books. I’ve seen this countless times, a great ride!
4.) WHEELS ON MEALS (1984)
A little gem from the year of my birth, this was directed by the absolutely fantastic Sammo Hung, who also stars with Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao. Memorable for Keith Vitali and of course the fantastic fight scene with Benny Urquidez which you can see above.
3.) UNDISPUTED II: LAST MAN STANDING
If you know me, you know I worship this film! I love everything about it, Michael Jai White and Scott Adkins light up the screen! The choreography is amazing, of course done by the man J.J. Perry! It looks fantastic and it is fantastically shot and directed by Isaac Florentine!
2.) REVENGE OF THE NINJA (1983)
I wasn’t going to have a martial arts list without the legendary Shô Kosugi! He is simply outstanding and I just love watching him do his thing. While Revenge Of The Ninja might be an odd film, the martial arts on display are top notch and well worth watching. Also another film featuring Keith Vitali!
1.) THE WAY OF THE DRAGON – MENG LONG GUO JIANG (1972)
I am sure it was expected I’d place Bruce Lee’s most famous film Enter The Dragon on the list, but I decided to pick another film of his. Perhaps this is best remembered for the legendary show down between Bruce and one Chuck Norris, but the film itself is a great ride and yet another reason why Bruce was such an amazing man.