I remember growing up during a time when martial arts movies were either about kung fu or karate. There was no such thing as MMA back then. Now most combat sports movies revolve around the sport of Mixed Martial Arts but I do find myself going back to the Zen Buddhism fight form, kung fu. Kung fu movies made their way into Hollywood in the early 70s because of their representation of a grounded and natural martial art that requires immense discipline, mental peace and a lot of physical strength.
This gave a platform to many Chinese stars like Jet Li, Jackie Chan and of course, the legendary Bruce Lee. The impact of kung fu was soon noticed everywhere and became a huge part of pop culture. From music (Gorillaz) to cartoons, its impact hit every corner. Not only was it entertaining but it was also breaking stereotypes about Asian men that the world had. Bruce Lee kicking Hollywood action star Chuck Norris’s butt was something new for the American audience but later Bruce Lee went on to become one of the most influential action stars. Sadly, that era of lightning-fast punches and kicks has almost faded but for those who still prefer watching these over the modern martial arts movies should scroll down right away and take a look at the list of really good kung fu movies on Netflix that you can stream right now. The list includes Chinese Kungfu films and Kungfu action movies.
12. Kung Fu Panda Holiday (2010)
Po the panda who knows kung fu who saved the world from Tai Lung becomes a well-known figure in this one. After gaining fame for his brave acts, Po is asked to host a formal dinner for all the Great Masters of Kung fu. But this becomes a problem for Po because his father, Mr. Ping, decides to host a party of his own in his restaurant. While his father keeps making him feel guilty by forcing responsibilities on him like most fathers, Po also has responsibilities outside his family in the Kung Fu world. Po needs to find out what’s more important to him and also who he wants to be with on that night. Let’s see where does Po’s innocent heart take him this time. The Kung Fu Panda series has given us the best-animated films of our time and this one too is truly spectacular like all the others.
11. Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Scroll
Another great movie from the ‘Kung Fu Panda’ series, this one is more about the legendary furious five warriors Monkey, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Tigeress, and less about Po. The movie shows the story of how all the members of the legendary furious five warriors got together when Mr. Shifu was too busy looking for his dragon warrior even when Boar, the villain, was out on a rampage. Mr, Shifu’s ignorance towards the menace of the Boar forces Tigress to look for a team of Kung Fu masters who can help her stop the Boar. Along the way, the five of them become close friends and go on to become one of the strongest teams known in the history of animated films. So the movie tries to suggest that even before Po came into the picture he was still responsible for the getting together of the legendary furious five warriors. Master Oogway was surely right when he said: “There are no accidents.”