Some under-rated kungfu action scenes (from Jackie to Jet and others)

Because it’s Chinese New year Eve and I’m crap-bored in office let’s write something of Pulitzer quality, shall we?

What follows are what I’d imagine to be some of the most UNDER-RATED (and almost unknown) kungfu action scenes in the genre.

  1. Master Chiang takes on Colin Frater (Ip Man 4, 2019)

After supremacist Chinese-hater Frater thrashes the two male see-foos’, this lady see-foo Chiang steps up to the plate. When you watch the vid, check out her hand action — whoever the stunt-actress is she clearly knows her stuff. Anyway, lo and be-tiger-hold, she lands at least two hits on the big guy(!) — until, of course, he knocks her down. He tries to finish her off but then THE MAN steps in…doom. (go from 2.56 onwards)

Note, too, the brilliant sound track and how it aligns with key ‘stages’ of the action scenes.

2. Three vs Three (Dragons Forever, 1988)

This short 1-minute plus clip has Jackie, Samo and Yuen Biao fighting each other all at once. I swear you can scour the galaxy you will not find another clip where this infamous trio go at themselves simultaneously. It’s really too bad it didn’t last long cos it’s perfect.

3. Jackie and Samo (Project A, 1983)

I’ve written before that Project A is THE GREATEST Jackie Chan movie ever made. One of the reasons is this short scene in the middle of the film where the two heroes synch perfectly (at least for a few seconds) to fight off a bunch of bad guys, and do so with Chinese opera music in the background.

4. Jet Li and friend vs the World (Tai-Chi Master, 1993)

This is one of those few scenes where Jet Li is involved in a fight but he isn’t the main person calling the shots. This fierce early scene from the movie shows the increasingly aggressive character of Tienbo (played by Chin Siu-ho who for some reason didn’t attain peak-fame the way did Jet and Jackie did) telling Shaolin authority to shove it but also, in so doing, gets his friend Junbao (Jet Li’s character) into trouble.

The two then face the entire might of the Shaolin monks, only to escape w the help of their beloved master plus a ton load of candle wax on the floor!

Note: There’s a chance Jet Li reused the slippery-floor motif which he used a year earlier in Once Upon A Time in China III when WFH was trying to escape assassination by some lion-dance mafia gang.

In the Shaolin movie it was wax, in Dr Wong’s case it’s oil.

5. Musketeer on a Barrel (The Musketeer, 2001)

How often do you see a swordfight where a dude does a split on two wine barrels? Yuen Wo Ping goes to France. ‘Nuff said.



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