Stars: The Wu-Tang Effect on Action Movies. All the bullets we’ve dodged, all the cars we’ve crashed, all the trains we’ve ducked away from, they all start here.—Keith Uhlich, Cast: Barry Newman, Cleavon Little, Dean Jagger, Best quote: “The last American hero to whom speed means freedom of the soul.”. A legendary movie, it really shouldn’t be: The production was a mess, director Robert Clouse was a hack, and the screenplay by and large sucked. | Brimming over with Russian roulette, tiger cages, child soldiers and phenomenal female-freedom fighters, the climax features eight of Hong Kong’s best martial artists going at it hammer and tongs, as Hung’s prowling camera glides between three simultaneous fights. Action, Drama, Efforts of a grandfather teaching his grandson a style of fighting called "Cooking kung-fu", Director: Action, Two young kung fu experts are terrorized by an evil warlord whose weapon is known as the Hell's Wind Staff. Carter Wong, (We’re hot on the trail of…the power of the Hebrew God?) Those samples were often pulled from kung fu movies but not the expensive, money-is-no-object blockbusters most people below the age of 40 would be familiar with. Or an overacting ham? | Was Akira Kurosawa was the most important director of Westerns to never actually make a Western? His much publicized regimen—training with LaMotta himself to get into tip-top fighting condition, then plumping himself up for the final scenes via a four-month eating binge—is the ultimate in actorly sacrifice.—Keith Uhlich, Cast: Clint Eastwood, Andrew Robinson, John Vernon, Best quote: “I know what you’re thinking, punk…”, The killer scene: The gibbering Scorpio killer gets an entire bus of hijacked schoolkids to join him in a rendition of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.”, Cleaning up the streetsIn the mid-’90s, rumors abounded of a big-screen adaptation of Alan Moore’s The Dark Knight Returns, set to star Clint Eastwood as Gotham’s glowering caped crusader. It’s also worth noting that, in addition to its two charismatic leads, The Rock has another ace up its sleeve in the form of the crackling script, extensively worked over by British sitcom legends Dick Clement and Ian Le Frenais. The result is completely ludicrous, but as brakes screech, sparks fly, and Voight’s lip-curling nut raises his fists to the sky and curses a hateful God, it’s impossible not to be swept along in the slipstream.—Tom Huddleston, Cast: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Best quote: “You gentlemen aren’t really trying to kill my son, are you?”. Much like eating an octopus, this movie is painful and disgusting, but also vital and alive, powered by so much cinema bravado that you can forgive just how much of its plot relies on hypnosis and knockout gas.—Grady Hendrix, Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Charles Napier, Best quote: “I want what they want, and every other guy who came over here and spilled his guts and gave everything he had, wants! heavy lifting!—while the final showdown is a fist-pumping triumph.—Tom Huddleston, Buy, rent or watch The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Cast: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Best quote: “Don’t let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat, if you feel the heat around the corner.”. It’s a shame, really, since taken on its own terms, the action’s very much prime Jackie—not least a couple of dazzlingly fleet fight scenes, plus the addition of a firework-throwing deaf-mute villain. Changjun Zhao. The first 50 minutes are devoted to characters repeating that Donnie is a “loose cannon.” The final 30 minutes are a nonstop orgy of mayhem showcasing Donnie’s new-school action choreography that features boxing, judo, MMA, Muay Thai and karate. Rather, he lays out a fresco of paranoia as the gun-wielding quintet keep up their individual and collective guard while waiting for the next ambush. Seriously.”. Action, Drama, The sleepy town of Black Stone erupts into martial turmoil when a counterfeiting ring run by the mysterious golden haired gorilla Mr. Psychedelic visions torn straight out of Ching’s subconscious and dripping with id juice. With Ashton Sanders, Shameik Moore, Siddiq Saunderson, Julian Elijah Martinez. David Lean’s epic has a bit of stuffiness to it: It’s a big prestige picture that won a lot of Oscars. By the time the last body hits the ground, the audience has been battered into submission.—Grady Hendrix, Cast: Jean Reno, Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Best quote: “I like these calm little moments before the storm. Lung takes shelter with his uncle's traveling group of Kung Fu acrobats and begins honing his skills so he can one day have his revenge. Then again, this is also the film with a brazenly sexual Eva Marie Saint (and that train plunging into the tunnel), as well as a seesawing Bernard Herrmann score that feels like the beginning of all of Hans Zimmer’s ominous blasts. During his practice he stumbles onto the murder of the Abbot as the Shaolin Temple and the kidnapping ... See full summary », Director: Access your email, find thousands of high-quality videos, and get the latest news and … Wu-Hyeong Choi Adding immeasurably: It’s all laced with surreal humor, and the film ends with a massive, choreographed tap-dancing scene.—Eddy Frankel, Cast: Jon Voight, Eric Roberts, Rebecca De Mornay, The killer scene: Any of Voight’s eyeball-rolling, scenery-chewing soliloquies on the subject of life’s brutality and unfairness, Enter the VoightA classic case of as-advertised satisfactions, this thunderously OTT action melodrama—adapted from an original outline by Akira Kurosawa—sees Jon Voight’s psychotic convict escape from an Alaskan prison with goofy rapist Eric Roberts in tow. Mysterious Heroes centers around Lau Tien, master of the deadly 13-Sword Style. Adventure. Tequila’s love for jazz—he frequents a blues bar run, in a delightful bit of casting, by Woo himself—epitomizes this go-for-broke adventure, which moves between modes (moodily mournful one moment, fiercely kinetic the next) with the sublime confidence of a virtuoso playing at peak form. Yi Chang, 85 min There’s a toilet over there.”. It’s a scene of urban warfare that’s never been eclipsed.—Joshua Rothkopf, Best quote: [Looking at bottle label] “What does it mean when there’s a picture of a skull?”. The film revolves around Zatoichi, a “blind masseur” who takes it upon himself to single-handedly protect a village from a greedy gang terrorizing the locals with extortionate protection fees. The killer scene: Chasing a kidnapped Marion down Cairo’s alleys, Indy confronts a black-robed swordsman who clearly wants a little time. Tao-Liang Tan, A stunningly astringent finale offers no easy solutions for a divided nation. Impossible? Robert Shaw and Lotte Lenya are memorable SPECTRE villains, but this first sequel now stands out for its Hitchcock-Le Carré qualities: a slow-burn plot centered on a train ride through Europe. A black-metal samurai film (one that heavily influenced the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA, who sampled it extensively on 1995’s Liquid Swords), this only ends when the final high-pressure blood spray coats the camera in an impenetrable layer of dripping gore.—Grady Hendrix, Buy, rent or watch Lone Wolf and Cub 2: Baby Cart at the River Styx, Cast: Kathleen Turner, Michael Douglas, Danny DeVito, Best quote: “Look at those snappers, Ralph!”, The killer scene: The car chase, during which Armand Assante’s smirking drug trafficker takes our heroes on a tour of his remote village (“My father planted that tree!”), The birds, the bees and the bulletsNot content with simply riffing on Raiders of the Lost Ark’s popular style of popcorn adventure, Robert Zemeckis took inspiration from another classic Hollywood source, the screwball comedy, for this likable South American romp. | But between this film and Die Hard, McTiernan has a legacy that few can claim. The film won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film and scored the highest-ever box-office gross in the U.S. for a film not in English (it wasn’t really about talk to begin with).—Cath Clarke, Buy, rent or watch Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Best quote: “Pigeons—the disciples of capitalism. Walsh). Polo-shirt–clad nice guy Jeff Taylor (Kurt Russell) experiences just that after his Jeep breaks down in the desert and his spouse (Kathleen Quinlan) vanishes with too-eager-to-assist trucker “Red” Barr (J.T. The killer scene: Grappling their way through a living room and bathroom, Bourne and a resourceful foe become intimate with smashed furniture and tile work. When a Chinese opera company comes through town, its cross-dressing diva, Leung (Lam Ching-ying), turns out to be a wing chun master who teaches the brawling brat a lesson. Unfortunately, all this proves slightly stodgy in practice, rendering the thrills on display somewhat subdued. Stars: Jimmy Shaw We’ve polled over 50 experts in the field, from essential directors like Die Hard’s John McTiernan to the actual folks in the line of fire, such as Machete himself, Danny Trejo. Kun Li, R Would he have been happier that way? ?” stunt work. Best of all are the mismatched central characters, dually personifying the film’s celebratory pastiche of masculinity, and played with a wink by the wonderfully weird combo of Reeves and Swayze. Action. But there’s no denying that when that bridge finally goes kaboom, we’ve seen one of cinema’s greatest action scenes. If there are stunt doubles, they are ingeniously hidden. | 1 hr 37 min. WU TANG IRON FIST COLLECTION. They get a bad rap from snobs, but don’t mess with action movies—they’re pumped up, loaded with ammo and in your face like Arnold Schwarzenegger on a bad day. Two wandering strangers cross paths in a mysterious town, just around the time of the death of a local. Yuwen Li. But something human is still stirring inside. | Your thick head has hurt my foot.”, The killer scene: The killer scene: Old Master vs. Young Master: Sammo Hung vs. Lau Kar-leung, Back to butt-kicking basicsBetween 1986 and 1989, Sammo Hung directed, choreographed and starred in four classics, three of which make this list: Dragons Forever, Eastern Condors and Pedicab Driver. Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas are perfectly matched as the city girl and the roughneck adventurer on the trail of a lost emerald in the Colombian jungle, while Danny DeVito adds welcome comedy value as a sleazy criminal klutz. Hai-Yung Shen, See titles to watch instantly, titles you haven't rated, etc. A murderer’s row of quality acting talent—including Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender and Dominic West—lines up to stab, spear and slash their way through a blood-spattered retelling of the ancient Battle of Thermopylae. The final gunfight on the grounds of an ornate mansion also feels weirdly off-kilter: The bullets and bodies fly, but almost every shot is filled with images of brightly colored, beautifully arranged flowers. Shaolin and Wu Tang (Chinese title: Shao Lin yu Wu Dang [simplified 少林与武当, traditional 少林與武當]) is a 1983 film directed by Hong Kong martial artist Gordon Liu.The film is about the rivalry between the martial arts schools Shaolin and Wu Tang.It is also called Shaolin Vs.Wu-Tang in the Master Killer Collection.. | The killer scene: A fight on a tower turns into combat on the heads and shoulders of the spectators. The Ching prince sends mercenaries to finish of Cheng, but Cheng's elite guard surprises the Manchurian foes. Ling Chia, But Verhoeven doesn’t skimp on the memorable action, with gunfights aplenty, a death by toxic waste that will have you gleefully cringing, and an awesome antagonist in the trigger-happy mechanical behemoth that is ED-209.—Keith Uhlich, Cast: Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Laurence Fishburne. The Wild Bunch is breathtaking in its uncompromised grubbiness, the almighty dollar leading good men to their doom, and lesser men to a mercenary bounty. It helps when you have an actor like Matt Damon, turning Robert Ludlum’s stoic literary creation into his signature role, equal parts ferocity and bruised betrayal (and, yes, superhuman reserve). Tequila, meanwhile, blazes his way through the bad guys, putting a bloody end to one gangster with a gunshot to the face. The killer scene: One of the bunch sees his foxy former lover laughing in the arms of a fat-cat general—jealousy gets the better of him, and it’s a bloodbath. The director didn’t work on the script (penned by blacklisted leftist Dalton Trumbo), hence all the authority-baiting socialist rhetoric that underpins its mythic account of slave rebellion. There are persistent threats of a remake, but you can’t improve on perfection.—Tom Huddleston, Cast: Stephen Chow, Yuen Wah, Bruce Leung, Best quote: “This doesn’t make any sense at all.”, The killer scene: Chow discovers his inner Buddha, Stephen Chow achieves his lifelong dream to become Bruce Lee, only funnier.The Axe Gang rules 1930s Shanghai mostly because they’ve got all the best dance moves. Barry Chan, Meanwhile, Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, an instant classic upon its 1954 release, was quickly the subject of a Hollywood remake—and the result was this rousing horse opera, loaded with star appeal and panache. But of course, the blue-ribbon winner in all this has to be Bruce Willis, who crashed from nowhere (well, from TV’s Moonlighting) onto the world’s stage, thanks to a combination of antiheroic self-mockery, battered but unbowed machismo and one very grubby T-shirt. The sheer size of the spectacle Hitchcock served up in VistaVision is still apparent in today’s elephantine offerings; to watch these characters scramble across the impassive face of Mount Rushmore during the climax is to witness the modern action movie being born.—Joshua Rothkopf, Cast: Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson, John Cassavetes, Best quote: “Donald Duck’s down at the crossroads with a machine gun.”. Jang-Lee Hwang, “It was much too horrific,” he would admit later. Hui-Lou Chen, The Eagle's Claw school and the Praying Mantis school are rivals. And it turns out that actually getting soused helps the practitioner; several scenes in Drunken Master II have Chan desperately smashing bottles and guzzling down their contents for strength, even as his challengers rush him. “The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat” (1896), 64. 67): It’s no surprise William Friedkin’s mud-spattered remake of trucking-with-dynamite classic The Wages of Fear didn’t exactly set the box office alight. Foreheads are sliced open, breasts are sliced open, faces are sliced open, walls gush blood, stomachs gush blood, and chests spray blood with the force of a fire hose. This site uses cookies to allow access to content. Download Wu Tang Collection for free and watching the best Wu Tang movies for free. | Shao-Chun Chang, Not Rated | While on a fishing trip, Shao Lung's father is killed by Wu Pa Feng in front of the young man's eyes. During the fight that ensues, Chen loses a thumb in the battle and manages... See full summary », Director: The so-called “Gladiator effect” turned audiences onto Roman history in droves, but mainly it fired up their bloodlust, just like an action classic should.—Joshua Rothkopf, Best quote: “My gun’s bigger than yours.”. Last blood?When we last saw one-man army John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) in 1988’s ill-conceived Rambo III, he was riding off into the sunset with the mujahideen. Jang-Lee Hwang, Tony Jaa in English–speaking territories—who combined the feline agility of Jackie Chan and punishing close-quarter skills of Jet Li, with his own brand of Muay Thai–influenced destruction. Action, Comedy. Action, Crime. Smile, though your heart is breakingThe first and third installments of Christopher Nolan’s lucrative Batman reboot are, like so much of the director’s work, excessively po-faced and portentous, demanding that the audience swallow the concept of an aristocrat in eyeliner battling crime in a growly porn voice. Ironically, they weren’t so interested, since the humor in this caper—where food-truck partners Chan and Yuen tangle with a mysterious missing heiress—is still very much playing to the Hong Kong market. Amazingly, director Mark L. Lester is still in business, though his last movie, 2013’s Poseidon Rex, currently has a 2.5 score on IMDB.—Tom Huddleston, Cast: Chow Yun Fat, Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang, Best quote: “A sword by itself rules nothing. Stars: 93 min The killer scene: Gary Oldman guns down Natalie Portman’s family in a cramped Manhattan apartment while under the influence. The killer scene: Alan Rickman’s final tumble: iconic, nostalgic, slightly-shoddy-effects–based glory. As ever with Chan, the lure here is absolutely no special-effects fakery, and end-credits outtakes reveal the physical toll incurred, not least for costar Cheung, who almost had her scalp ripped off when a stunt went wrong.—Trevor Johnston, Cast: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart. Chia-Feng Kan, The movie’s main protagonists—Vincent (Pacino), a hard-driving lieutenant, and Neil (De Niro), a wary career criminal looking for that proverbial last job—both have commitment issues; their game of cat and mouse involves a ton of collateral damage. And I wish to God I was with them.”. The killer scene: We dare you not to applaud when Cruise, the last action hero standing, breaks into his signature stiff-backed run. The story is so ingenious, it’s incredible no one had thought of it before: A group of terrorists invades a state-of-the-art skyscraper and takes the inhabitants hostage. The No. The first Jackie Chan movie to combine large-scale stunts with balls-out action, Project A also cemented his onscreen persona as the ultimate Hong Kong everyman, a working-class guy who just wants to get through the day, and maybe take his girlfriend out for dinner. It’s a perfect entertainment machine, effortlessly involving to teenage boys (fine, guilty as charged) or anyone looking for a pure hit of hotsy-totsy-Nazi escapism. Chia-Lin Sun, 87 min In comparison with other ’80s genre favorites (including Zemeckis’s next film, Back to the Future), Romancing the Stone does look rather low-rent—the sneering Colombian villain’s much-touted “private army” seems to consist of about five sweaty extras in moth-eaten fatigues. If there had to be a final Western, this would be it. The killer scene: Opponent has a large sword, Donnie has a dried cattail. Director: And yet…—Tom Huddleston, Buy, rent or watch Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Cast: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Best quote: “Snakes. It only comes alive in skilled hands.”, The killer scene: The breathtaking dance to the death 60 feet high up in a bamboo forest, Float like a butterfly, sting with a sword, If you first saw Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in a cinema, you’ll remember the gasps in the audience during the first major fight sequence, as Michelle Yeoh and Zhang Ziyi float up from the ground as if gravity has stopped working its magic. (You know them. It’s also, of course, an absolute blast, as Lee Marvin’s hard-bitten major recruits 12 death-row inmates for a WWII suicide mission way behind enemy lines. Listen closely, and you can almost hear Christopher Nolan frantically scribbling notes.—Tom Huddleston, Cast: Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins, Best quote: “This is war! Shan Hua Who are the secret assassins? Mann certainly puts Crockett and Tubbs through their paces: Best in show is a close-quarters standoff between the duo and some white-supremacist underlings in a mobile home, culminating in one of the most cathartic gunshots in cinema history.—Keith Uhlich, Cast: Kôji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yûsuke Iseya, Best quote: “I shall accomplish your task magnificently.”, The killer scene: The final half hour, a glorious catharsis of Shaw-brothers–style action that deserves comparison to Seven Samurai, Old-school any way you slice itJapanese cult director Takashi Miike has a unique problem: He makes too many damn movies. He ... See full summary », Director: And that’s not a bad thing. The killer scene: Racing into battle, an army’s pet guitar player unleashes a raging soundtrack.
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