There are very few cultural elements across the world which have been explored or exhibited in Cinema. I’m not talking about history or mythology, they have been used as a tool in film making. But culture as a whole, in majority of languages, has not excited film makers or writers for decades. However, there’s one particular culture called “Kung Fu”, which prevails in Eastern Countries like China and Japan. Usually, a culture of one country or region cannot be sold to vast number of audience in rest of the world. But, Kung Fu is probably one of very few cultures that has managed to blend into entertainment. Over decades, it’s safe to say that, Kung Fu has garnered lots of love and popularity in almost every continent.
But when an element becomes so popular and widely acknowledged, it is natural for it to be over-explored. Arguably, Kung Fu had many moments over years, where it almost seems like the saturation point has arrived, because the number of Kung Fu movies being made were extremely high. But rightfully so, Kung Fu movie makers found a way to expand the genre. And it’s apparent that it stood the test of time. If you are a Kung Fu lover, this list is for you. This is the list of top Kung Fu films ever. You might be able to find some of these best Kung Hu movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
10. Drunken Master (1978)
This movie is classic. This is the movie which made Jackie so popular. Not the best movie ever made, but on the other hand it is a classic Jackie Chan movie, and at least one of the most important movies ever made in Asian Cinema. It’s one of those movies which you can see and get an exact idea how the movies from that decade looked like. If you’ve missed seeing this movie, you really owe it to yourself to see it at least once.
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9. The Prodigal Son (1981)
‘The Prodigal Son’ is well paced and driven by the story rather than a mere string of fight scenes. There is less fighting than some of Sammo’s other early films. But Sammo, the star Yuen Biao, Lam Ching Wing and Frankie Chan all give great fighting performances in fight scenes that are effectively spaced rather than lengthy. There’s a good deal of creative and amusing humor too, maybe not as funny as some Jackie Chan films but still far more effective than many Kung Fu films.