Martial arts movies are known for their fast-paced fights and over-the-top stunts. Hollywood had seen many martial art movies make great returns for this reason alone. However, there are many of these marvels that you haven’t seen yet.
We have gathered some of such hidden gems and put together this list.
Fist of Legend (1994)
Chen Zhen is a Chinese engineering student in Kyoto. For loving Mitsuko Yamada, he is often insulted and abused by his fellow students. Mitsuko Yamada is the daughter of the director. One day, he realizes that his kung-fu master Hou Ting-An gets killed while fighting against the Japanese champion Ryuichi Akutagawa. He soon returns to his native Shangai to fight Ryuichi Akutagawa and bring honor to his master and him.
The story of Zen is truly an inspiring one. She is an autistic teenage girl with powerful martial skills. For her treatment, her sick mother has sought money from most of the people she knew. Now, it is up to her to use her martial skills to repay the money that she owes.
The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)
We all have been there. Watching kung-fu classics and imitating their movies, acting like a ninja. But for this American teenager, his obsession with martial arts took a turn when he discovers a legendary weapon in a Chinatown pawnshop. The extraordinary stick weapon belongs to the Chinese sage and warrior, the Monkey King. The lost relic takes the teenager back in time to ancient China where he joins a crew of warriors to free the imprisoned Monkey King.
Danny is raised by slaves and is not knew to fight for his survival. His “master” Bart, keeps him in a collar and makes money by making him fight in fight clubs. One fine day, Bart’s crew ends up in a car accident, Danny takes the opportunity to escape from him. Luck favored his braveness as he is given shelter by a blind, kindhearted piano tuner. Can Dany use the music there to free his long-buried heart?!
During the turn of the 20th Century, Huo Yuan Jia was a well known martial arts fighter. During his life period, he has suffered many personal tragedy. However, his perseverance and hard work has helped him fight against the darkness of his life. He redefined the true spirit of martial arts and inspired many from his nation.
Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)
It is the 18th century France. A mysterious beast has been killing hundreds. To investigate the matter, the King to the Gevaudan province sends Chevalier de Fronsac and his Native American friend Mani. Will they be able to solve the mystery and defeat the creature?! Or will they fall as another victim to the creature?!
House of Flying Daggers (2004)
Ready for some raw martial arts action. This one is one such flick, taking place in 9th century China. The kingdom is ruled by a corrupt government. In order to free the people from the system, a rebel army called the Flying Daggers has waged war against the government. If that doesn’t make you excited, there is also a cool romantic story in between.
Bulletproof Monk (2003)
When it comes to Hollywood martial arts hybrid, a Kung-fu master is a must-have cliche. In this movie, he is a mysterious and immortal Tibetan, who has spent his last 60 years traveling around the world trying to protect the ancient Scroll of the Ultimate. Now, he must take up his ultimate challenge. He must mentors a selfish street kid and make him disciplined through the ways of ancient kung fu techniques.