martial arts movies

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Versus - (2000 movie) image

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0275773/
http://movie.softgarage.com/versus/

In a forest where any who die rise as zombies, an escaped convict does something something.

I got 1/3 in and got bored. It's too over-the-top.



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Fist of Legend - (1994 movie) image

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110200/

Upon hearing of his master's death, a man returns to Shanghai amidst tensions from its Japanese occupation, and learns there was foul play.

Quite a good movie, with all the basic elements. There's next to none of the B-movie cheese that's pervasive of such films, so it's good enough for everyday people.



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The Last Samurai - (2003 movie) poster

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0325710/
http://www.lastsamurai.com/

An American captain, suffering from PTSD-induced nightmares so bad he became alcoholic, is brought back into the trade as a consultant and trainer to suppress the civil war in Japan and fight against its old warrior class, the samurai.

Dare I say this is one of the greats. It has various classic elements without being tiring and obvious, and maintains a great pace and tone.



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kill-bill-the-whole-bloody-affair-2011-poster

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6019206/

An assassin tries to leave the life, and though she gets tracked down she survives and takes to a life of revenge.

Incredibly drawn out. I've seen it some time ago, but even attempting to re-watch this makes me cringe. This gets grouped into the category of "I'd be able to pay attention if the lead character was better looking." .. and like those other films, that still wouldn't be enough to make this a good movie.

This is a shit movie that only did well because it was unique at the time.

  • This is the whole of volume 1 and volume 2 put together.

    • I understand there is a DVD release, and it'll be shown in theatres for some reason. I also found a fan edit.
  • Properly titled Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair
  • There will probably be a sequel.



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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - Sword of Destiny (2016) poster

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2652118/

Something about a sword that's a greenish, and some people who fight and think fighting is cool because of honour and all that.

I also think there's a Princess Leia/Luke Skywalker thing happening, but I was too distracted by the terrible mixing of accents.

Like superhero movies, this genre has completely worn out its welcome. I'm no longer interested in the same old shit, and even the attempts at story telling have become bland to me. Its scenery and music have become samey and aren't going to make up for the lack of captivating characters and a solid story. Overused wire-jumps are not exciting. And stop with that screeching sound when swords are un/sheathed.



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Blood - The Last Vampire (2009) poster

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt806027/
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http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/bloodthelastvampire/

Vampires are real, and a secret council, whose formation is never explained, support a good-vampire on her mission to mercilessly slaughter bad-vampires in search for the worst-vampire who she was told killed her father.

For a while I was quite captivated by this movie. It was good in every respect, but it seemed to take a turn for the worse half way through, and just kept sliding. Overall it's good, but elements of it are too similar to other famous movies for me to really find it interesting, especially since those elements are rushed.

It's decent enough to recommend for a one-time watch.



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The Golden Cane Warrior (2014) image

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4235342/

The Golden Cane, the symbol and ultimate power of the House of the Golden Cane, is to be passed to one of the four students, but there is jealousy among them.

A very well-written and well-told story. It's also refreshing to see something from a non-standard "martial arts movie country". Definitely worth a watch for fans of the genre. It's overall quality makes me recommend it even to those who don't normally like movies like this. This is not a "kung fu flick".

  • The martial arts in this movie is almost entirely with a staff.
  • The Golden Cane Warrior is entirely voiced in the Indonesian language, and has subtitles throughout.
  • Known as Pendekar Tongkat Emas in Indonesia.



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Out of the Furnace (2013) poster

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1206543/

A maladjusted ex-soldier gets into fighting to repay his debts, and his now-ex-con working-class brother turns to vigilantism when the fighting goes bad.

Decent, but definitely not good enough to watch a second time. Not impactful in the least.