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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)
Not Rated
  what the wizard of oz did for technicolor, this did for wire fu.
Duel to the Death (1983)
  an early one by ching siu-tung, who also directed...
A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)
  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)
  jet li can fly! see this, see the sequels, be happy.
Legend of the Swordsman (1992)
  aka swordsman II. a marvelous thing in and of itself, definitely see this before you see...
The East Is Red (1993)
Not Rated
  ...which, no matter if it's swordsman part 2 or 3, is nutso.
Dragon Inn (1992)
Not Rated
  this studs the brilliant 60s swordplay flick with stars and takes it to the air.
The Bride with White Hair (1993)
Not Rated
  one of my favorite brigitte lin pictures.
The Bride With White Hair 2 (1993)
Not Rated
  somewhat sequelish.
Fong Sai Yuk (1993)
  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)
  aka the tai chi master. more jet li. fast and fly.
Wing Chun (1994)
  haven't seen this but it's got a "see it" kind of reputation.
A Chinese Odyssey I: Pandora's Box (1996)
  two parter of funky mythological wire action. so frenetic that the confusing plot can be tiring, BUT...
A Chinese Odyssey II: Cinderella (1995)
12345678910 a whole, this is one of the most ambitious movies ever made in chinese.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
  the international champ.
Hero (2002)
  the contender.

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

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