Old School Kung-Fu Moviesby TheGoremand | created - 31 Jan 2014 | updated - 28 May 2016 | Public
Kung-Fu movies with great fight choreography and are typically set in an earlier period of time.
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1. The Prodigal Son (1981)
R | 100 min | Action, Comedy
A rich man's son (Yuen Biao) believes himself to be the best kung fu fighter in Canton. Unfortunately, his father, anxious for his son's safety, bribes all his opponents to lose. After a ... See full summary »
One of the earlier movies that portrayed Wing Chun on film (the style that Bruce Lee first learned). I'm a big fan of Yuen Biao and he does a great job in the starring role. Lam Ching Ying, another favorite of mine, plays his teacher and the villain is outstanding! Watch for a Sammo Hung who plays his second teacher, he's hilarious.
Excellent choreography and faster-paced fight scenes makes this a top notch Kung-Fu movie!
2. Warriors Two (1978)
R | 95 min | Action, Drama
Beloved for its combination of thrilling combat choreography and hilarious physical comedy, the film tells the story of a humble cashier who discovers a plot to kill his small town mayor.
Along with Prodigal Son, this is often considered one of the best movies portraying an authentic style of Wing Chun. The master/teacher played by Leung Kar-Yan is the same character Yuen Biao plays in the previous movie listed. This is not a direct sequel however.
3. The Young Master (1980)
PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A talented martial arts student goes after his expelled brother, who get into bad company.
The is one of Jackie Chan's best classic Kung-Fu movies. There are some amazing scenes where you see 3 different fights happening in one continuous shot. Jackie Chan is funny as always but the fight scenes are mind-blowing!
9. My Young Auntie (1981)
Not Rated | 121 min | Action, Comedy
Cheng Tai-Nan (Kara Hui) is an honest and faithful servant of a dying patriarch who wants nothing more than to protect his vast wealth from his selfish, conniving nephew, Yung-Sheng. ... See full summary »
10. The Kid with the Golden Arm (1979)
R | 75 min | Action, Drama
Director Chang Cheh reunites the Five Venoms in his second biggest cult hit in the West. It's Lo Meng's most memorable performances whose showdown with fellow Venom Kuo Chue is artistically violent while being graphically artsy.
11. The Magnificent Butcher (1979)
PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
A hot headed young butcher, who is also a kung fu disciple, gets embroiled in a feud with a rival shaolin temple.
Showing how quick a big man can really be, Sammo Hung stars as a student of Wong Fei Hong (played by the legendary Kwan Tak-Hing). With some sharp fight scenes, this movie also features faces like Yuen Biao, Lam Ching Ying, Fung Hak On, and many others!
12. Iron Fisted Monk (1977)
R | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
A lowly restaurant worker aims to take revenge on the Manchurian thugs who killed his boss by joining a Shaolin temple under the advise of the monk that rescued him from certain death.
Sammo Hung in one of his earliest starring roles, this movie featured some great fight scenes. But this might not be appropriate for children as there are also some rape scenes.
13. Drunken Master (1978)
PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Comedy
Wong Fei-Hung (Jackie Chan) is a mischievous, yet righteous young man, but after a series of incidents, his frustrated father has him disciplined by Beggar So (Siu Tin Yuen), a Master of drunken martial arts.
Jackie Chan plays a young and mischievous Wong Fei-Hong who must learn discipline and sharpen his Kung-Fu skills with Beggar So, a famous character of the genre.
14. Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978)
PG | 90 min | Action, Comedy
An orphan who has been raised at a kung fu school, where he is treated as little more than a dogsbody and practice target for the students, has a life-changing experience after helping an old peripatetic beggar.
A movie that constantly overshadowed by Drunken Master, Jackie Chan teams with Yuen Woo Ping and Simon Yuen (Beggar So from Drunken Master) to bring you more Kung-Fu badassery!
15. Heroes of the East (1978)
R | 105 min | Action, Comedy
A Chinese man (Liu) marries a Japanese woman through an arranged marriage and manages to insult all of her Japanese martial arts family by issuing a challenge to her that is misinterpreted ... See full summary »
19. Mu mien jia sha (1985)
Not Rated | 98 min | Action
Tian Yuan, a mercenary hired to destroy the Shaolin Temple, disguises himself and infiltrates the temple. Once in, he challenges the High Priest of Shaolin for rule of the Temple.
This classic Kung-Fu flick features a visually stunning intro and is credited as the movie that inspired the name for the rap group Wu-Tang Clan
20. Tang lang (1978)
R | 96 min | Action, Drama
Shaolin Mantis (Orig. Tang lang) is a 1978 Shaw Brothers film directed by Lau Kar-leung. Starring David Chiang and Liu Chia Hui. Shaolin Mantis tells the story of a man who learns martial arts by observing a praying mantis.
21. 5 Masters of Death (1974)
R | 105 min | Action, Drama
Five students escape from the destruction of their beloved Shaolin Temple...now each must take revenge and train in their own seperate fighting styles...they will become The Five Shaolin Masters!!
24. Knockabout (1979)
PG-13 | 92 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
The brothers and small time crooks Yipao and Taipao convince a martial arts expert to take them on as students.
Yuen Biao's breakout role in this movie proved he had what it took to be a star. While the first half of the movie is a little slow, the end fight with Sammo Hung against Lau Kar-Wing is fantastic!
25. Dreadnaught (1981)
91 min | Action, Comedy, Horror
A short-tempered, violent criminal named "White Tiger" is on the run from the police and joins a theater troupe for disguise, killing anyone who angers him or who suspects his identity. One... See full summary »
A silly comedy/Kung-Fu flick, this one still features some excellent fight choreography. You really can't expect any less of Yuen Woo Ping! Also keep an eye out for Kwan Tak-Hing as Wong Fei Hong, a role he is most famous for portraying!
27. Disciples of the 36th Chamber (1985)
90 min | Action, Comedy
Gordon Liu Chia-hui reprises his famous Monk San Te role as he tries to support and protect Shaolin her Fang Shih-yu who purposely attacks corrupt Ching officials. Fights by legendary action director Liu Chia-liang are to die for.
28. Mad Monkey Kung Fu (1979)
R | 116 min | Action, Comedy
A disgraced former Kung Fu expert makes a living as a merchant with the help of a hot headed friend. When the men are harassed by gangsters, the merchant decided to teach his friend monkey boxing so they can defend their business.
30. The Fearless Hyena (1979)
R | 98 min | Comedy, Action
Shing Lung (Jackie Chan) is a youngster, living in a remote village with his grandfather who teaches him Kung-Fu. He keeps getting into fights, even though his grandfather warns him not to ... See full summary »
31. Dragon Lord (1982)
PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Sport
The adventures of a restless martial arts student called Dragon, who, while constantly pursuing a girl, gets involved in the affairs of a gang of thieves.
32. Dirty Tiger, Crazy Frog (1978)
97 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
Multi-Hand Chick asks Crazy Frog for protection after stealing someone's wallet at the casino. Foolishly he accepts, and even more foolishly he follows her home and removes his Invincible ... See full summary »
33. Shaolin Temple (1982)
Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Drama
A young man, hounded by a psychopathic general, learns martial arts at the Shaolin temple to avenge his father's death. To achieve this he forgoes a budding romance with his kungfu master's daughter, a shepherdess.
34. The Victim (1980)
Unrated | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
Chung Yao, a martial arts expert, has long been on the run from his stepbrother, who he caught trying to rape his wife on their wedding night. His brother has never given up the chase ... See full summary »
35. The Buddhist Fist (1980)
90 min | Action, Adventure
Aspiring barber and experienced kung-fu fighter Shang learns that his childhood friend, Siu Ming, has been framed for murder by an unknown villain. When Shang begins looking into the crime,... See full summary »
36. Executioners from Shaolin (1977)
R | 98 min | Action, Drama
A couple unite - she is fluent in the crane style of kung fu, he in tiger style. They have a son, but the boy's father is killed by the evil eunuch Bai Mei. Disguised as a girl, his mom ... See full summary »