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Hong Kong Cinema

Hong Kong had a prolific pre-1970s film industry, but it was the supremely talented and determined Bruce Lee who brought Hong Kong film to the international stage. This tiny island nation has been integral to the introduction of the martial arts genre to the rest of the world. One look at Uma Thurman's yellow jumpsuit in the Kill Bills is enough to show us this influence is still alive and very much kicking. After Lee's death in 1973 the industry lost some of its momentum and stuck to the tried and true chop socky formula, but by the 1980s a new talent was emerging in the form of John Woo, inventor of so-called 'balletic gunplay'. This style of shooting shoot-outs captured the imaginations of many young American film makers and emerges in films as diverse as 'Reservoir Dogs' and 'The Matrix'. The martial arts genre was reinvigorated by talents such as Jackie Chan and Jet Li who wanted to introduce more story into the action, and in recent years film maker Wong Kar Wai has challenged what it means to be an HK film, steering clear of Kung Fu and concentrating on more personal, quirky stories. Undoubtedly there is more to see from this exciting port of call... Right: There can be no more an iconic figure in the martial arts world, than the master himself, the late, great Bruce Lee.

A Chinese Torture Chamber Story (1994)

5.9/10
Director: Bosco Lam
Starring: Ewong Yueng, Lawrence Ng, Tommy Wong

"A corrupt judge protects his lecherous son from charges of murder by pinning the rap on virginal beauty Little Cabbage and a handsome scholar, with a... Read more

Enter the Dragon (1973)

7.7/10
Director: Robert Clouse
Starring: Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly, Ahna Capri, Bob Wall, Shih Kien

One of the biggest martial arts epics ever filmed. Forget the plot and concentrate on the mind-blowing action as Bruce Lee infiltrates a strange tourn... Read more

Infernal Affairs (2002)

8.1/10
Director: Andrew Lau Wai Keung, Alan Mak Siu Fai
Starring: Andy Lau, Tony Leung (Chiu Wai), Anthony Wong, Eric Tsang

Two cops on opposite sides of the law face off in "Infernal Affairs", a gripping psychological thriller from Hong Kong. Detective Yan (Tony Leung) is... Read more

Jet Li Triple (2003)

Director: Tung Wai, Wong Jing
Starring: Jet Li

This is martial arts action at it's absolute hottest! World renowned action superstar Jet Li ('The One', 'Romeo Must Die', 'Kiss of the Dragon') explo... Read more

Fist of Fury (1972)

7.3/10
Director: Lo Wei
Starring: Bruce Lee, Nora Miao, James Tien, Robert Baker

AKA 'The Chinese Connection'. In what many enthusiasts consider to be 'the ultimate martial arts movie', Bruce Lee is a true force of nature as he bat... Read more

Iron Monkey (1993)

7.6/10
Director: Yuen Woo Ping
Starring: Donnie Yen, Rong-kwong Yu, Tsang Sze-man

With the feeling things are turning for the worst, Yang (Yu Rong Kwong) takes matters into his own hands and becomes a martial arts Robin Hood of sort... Read more

Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

7.8/10
Director: Stephen Chow
Starring: Stephen Chow, Yuen Wah, Yuen Qiu, Leung Siu Lung, Dong Zhi Hua

Charismatic Hong Kong comedy legend Stephen Chow's ('Shaolin Soccer') frenetically paced martial arts spoof is a delirious mix of quickfire gags, surr... Read more

Hard Boiled (1992)

7.9/10
Director: John Woo
Starring: Chow Yun-Fat, Tony Leung (Chiu Wai), Teresa Mo, Philip Chan

John Woo's stylish, ultra-violent story of a police inspector (Chow Yun Fat) who teams up with a mysterious hit man (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) to stop a ga... Read more

Way of the Dragon (1972)

7.3/10
Director: Bruce Lee
Starring: Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Nora Miao, Robert Wall

A.k.a. 'Return of the Dragon'. Bruce Lee travels to Rome to help a friend whose restaurant is being terrorised by gangsters. Amazing fights, climaxed... Read more

Days Of Being Wild (1990)

7.6/10
Director: Wong Kar-wai
Starring: Andy Lau, Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung (Chiu Wai)

This mesmerising portrayal of Hong Kong at the start of the 60's stars Leslie Cheung as the disaffected, self obsessed Yuddi, drifting through life wi... Read more