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quality wire-fu 4 u
List creator: dpowers
Created on: September 7, 2003 - 2:21 PM PDT
Description: "Can someone recommend the best Wire-Fu Martial Arts movies?"

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Zu: Warriors of the Magic Mountain (1983)
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  what the wizard of oz did for technicolor, this did for wire fu.
Duel to the Death (1983)
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  an early one by ching siu-tung, who also directed...
A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)
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  the world is a better place for this movie's existence. lots of sequels, and an animated remake, too.
Once Upon a Time in China (1991)
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  jet li can fly! see this, see the sequels, be happy.
Legend of the Swordsman (1992)
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  aka swordsman II. a marvelous thing in and of itself, definitely see this before you see...
The East Is Red (1993)
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  ...which, no matter if it's swordsman part 2 or 3, is nutso.
Dragon Inn (1992)
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  this studs the brilliant 60s swordplay flick with stars and takes it to the air.
The Bride with White Hair (1993)
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  one of my favorite brigitte lin pictures.
The Bride With White Hair 2 (1993)
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  somewhat sequelish.
Fong Sai Yuk (1993)
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  SHOPKEEPER: why do you want once upon a time in china? fong sai yuk is so much better! so much better.
ME: they look like the same movie!
SHOPKEEPER: you are a moron. i can teach you nothing.
The Tai Chi Master (1993)
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  aka the tai chi master. more jet li. fast and fly.
Wing Chun (1994)
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  haven't seen this but it's got a "see it" kind of reputation.
A Chinese Odyssey I: Pandora's Box (1996)
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  two parter of funky mythological wire action. so frenetic that the confusing plot can be tiring, BUT...
A Chinese Odyssey II: Cinderella (1995)
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  ...as a whole, this is one of the most ambitious movies ever made in chinese.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
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  the international champ.
Hero (2002)
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  the contender.

also, check out the greencine hk movie primer, it has some good background info.

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