At one point in our lives, many of us have fantasized becoming Bruce Lee’s second coming. That was when we hadn’t discovered yet that drinking beer with pals was a much easier way to spend our time, especially for us who hadn’t been blessed with natural athleticism.
To this day though, kung-fu movies are still a lot of fun to watch, as are the reruns of Jean Claude Van Damme’s martial art movies which are still being shown regularly in many of our city buses. Damn, bus drivers really know their martial arts movies.
One new martial arts movie that has us busting out our imaginary black belts is Wilson Yip’s martial arts flick Ip Man 2, the sequel to 2008’s well received Ip Man, starring Donnie Yen.
In a way, you can say that Ip Man is a superhero himself, just not in the same mold as a Superman or Ironman because Ip Man was actually a real grandmaster of Wing Chun martial arts, and was the master of Bruce Lee.
Ip Man 2 is a direct sequel, and follows the legendary martial artist in Hongkong (then still under British colonial rule) as he attempts to spread the teachings of Wing Chun.
To celebrate its release, we’ll be listing down our five favorite martial arts scenes featuring the likes of Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, Van Damme, and Chuck-freaking-Norris.
Tony Jaa’s fight club scene in Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior (2003)
Though Tony Jaa’s style might not become as iconic as Bruce Lee’s graceful moves, we loved the sheer onscreen ferocity of his Muay Thai strikes.
Tony Jaa is as spectacular a martial artist as any, so it’s really a bloody joy to watch him beat up and break the bones of his pitiful opponents one by one.
Jean Claude Van Damme Vs. Bolo Yeung in Bloodsport (1988)
Tournament-style martial arts movies were a huge part of what made JCVD so popular, and Bloodsport is, in our opinion, his best work.
In the final fight scene, we see Van Damme facing a seemingly ‘roided up version of Liu Kang played by Bolo Yeung who once starred in Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon. The bastard tosses some powder into JCVD’s eyes that screws up JVCD’s vision, but actually that’s just the movie’s excuse so that JCVD can show his top-caliber ninja senses.
Jackie Chan Vs. Hwang Jang Lee in Drunken Master (1979)
Before he started teaching young kids how to beat up other kids or started wearing high-tech tuxedos capable of giving its wearers kung-fu skills, Jackie Chan only needed to drink some good ol’ booze to dish out some beating.
Drunken Master’s final battle pitted Chan against a brutal martial artist sent to kill Chan’s father, in a fight that was swift, and dazzling, and most importantly entertaining in that unique style that only Jackie Chan can pull off.
WORDS BY: GELO GONZALES
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