1970s Martial Arts Movies

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Fist of Fury(1972)

| 1h 48min | Drama, Action, Thriller
3.7/5 (with 264 votes)

Chen Zhen returns to the international compound of China only to learn of his beloved teacher's death. This is compounded by the continual racist harassment by the Japanese population in the area. Unlike his friends, he confronts it head on with his mastery of martial arts while investigating his teacher's murder.

Snake in the Eagle's Shadow(1978)

| 1h 38min | Action, Comedy
3.7/5 (with 91 votes)

Everyone abuses and humiliates a downtrodden orphan (Chan) until he befriends an old man, who turns out to be the last master of the "snake fist" fighting style. Jackie becomes the old man's student and finds himself in battle with the master of the "eagle's claw" style, who has vowed to destroy the snake fist clan.

Shaolin Wooden Men(1976)

1h 37min | Action
3.0/5 (with 19 votes)

Little Mute is an orphan traumatized into silence by the death of his father at the hands of a vicious fighting master. Living at the Shaolin monastery, he befriends a dangerous prisoner who teaches him a secret form of deadly kung fu. Seeing his intense determination, other masters share the wisdom of the Gliding Snake and Drunken Master techniques. In one of the most exciting fight scenes ever filmed, Little Mute must run the gauntlet of the famous 108 wooden men in an extreme test of skill and endurance. But if he becomes a master, will he use his unmatched force for redemption or revenge?

Thriller: A Cruel Picture(1973)

| 1h 44min | Horror, Thriller
3.3/5 (with 52 votes)

A young woman, muted after a sexual assault as a child, is trained to seek violent revenge on those who have wronged her after being kidnapped and forced to work as a prostitute.

New Fist of Fury(1976)

1h 54min | Action, Drama
2.8/5 (with 20 votes)

A brother and sister escape from Japanese-occupied Shanghai to Japanese-occupied Taiwan, to stay with their grandfather who runs a Kung-Fu school there. However, the master of a Japanese Kung-Fu school in Taiwan has designs on bringing all other schools on the island under his domination, and part of his plan involves the murder of the siblings' grandfather.

Directed by Lo Wei - With Jackie Chan, Nora Miao, Lo Wei

The Real Bruce Lee(1977)

| 1h 33min | Documentary
3.5/5 (with 3 votes)

The Real Bruce Lee is a martial arts documentary. It begins with a brief biography of Bruce Lee, and shows scenes from four of his childhood films, Bad Boy, Orphan Sam, Kid Cheung, and The Carnival, each sepia-toned and dubbed to English. Next, there is a three-minute highlight reel of Lee imitator Bruce Li. Finally, there is a feature-length film starring Lee imitator Dragon Lee, which is obviously modeled after Bruce Lee's Fist of Fury.

To Kill with Intrigue(1977)

| 1h 46min | Action, Drama
2.9/5 (with 11 votes)

Young master Cao Le chases his pregnant girlfriend away from the family castle. He does it in order to save her from vicious bandits who are going to murder his family.

Directed by Lo Wei - With Jackie Chan, Hsu Feng

The Killer Meteors(1976)

| 1h 44min | Thriller, Action
2.5/5 (with 13 votes)

Mi Wey is a local hero named after "Killer Meteors", his secret weapon which makes him invincible. However, when "Immortal" Wa Wu Bin, another powerful local character seeks his assistance, Killer Meteor will face the greatest and the deadliest challenge of his life.

Directed by Jimmy Wang, Lo Wei - With Jackie Chan, Jimmy Wang

The Cub Tiger from Kwang Tung(1973)

1h 20min | Action, Comedy, Drama
2.7/5 (with 19 votes)

Hsiao Hu (Jackie Chan) has been secretly training in martial arts, as his father (Tien Feng) has forbidden him. Later, some local store owners ask Ah to help protect them from a greedy Chinese extortion ring. Ah discovers that the crime lord behind the extortion had killed his father years before and is determined for revenge.

Five Fingers of Death(1972)

1h 44min | Action
3.4/5 (with 24 votes)

A young boxer joins a martial arts school to increase his skill so he can enter a martial arts competition. He leaves the school when he hears that a local gangster is terrorizing the town. He comes to the aid of a young singer and brings on the wrath of the local gang. He eventually enters the martial arts competition after learning iron palm technique and takes out all competition.

Directed by Chang-Wha Chung - With Lo Lieh, Bolo Yeung


1h 32min | Adventure, Action, Comedy
3.5/5 (with 9 votes)

After being cheated out of some money, two small time crooks convince a martial arts expert to take them on as students.

Hand of Death(1976)

1h 37min | Action
3.0/5 (with 15 votes)

A survivor of an attack on a rebel group opposing the Manchu invasion of China creates the Goose Fist fighting technique and tries for revenge on a traitor.

Directed by John Woo - With Tao-liang Tan, James Tien, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, John Woo, Yuen Biao, ...
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The Duel(1971)

1h 43min | Action
3.5/5 (with 6 votes)

Tan Jen-chieh’s life spins out of control when he’s forced into exile to clear his name following the murder of his adopted father. He’s hunted in the streets. His lover, Butterfly, turns to prostitution. And his father’s likely killer – a smooth operator known as the Rambler – is always lingering nearby. But before Tan and the Rambler can slit each other’s throats, they learn they’ve been double-crossed and go two against everyone in a rage of double-edged vengeance.

Directed by Chang Cheh - With Ti Lung, David Chiang, Ku Feng, Chan Sing

Challenge of the Masters(1976)

1h 35min | Action, Drama
2.9/5 (with 5 votes)

The Wong family kung fu school gets smacked around by a rival school. Wong Fei-hong gets fed up with the abuse and goes to learn from his fathers master. After one of the rival schools members kills some of the towns people Wong Fei-hong becomes enraged trains even more comes back and gets his revenge.

Directed by Lau Kar-leung - With Gordon Liu

The New One-Armed Swordsman(1971)

1h 42min | Action, Drama, History, War
3.4/5 (with 17 votes)

Lei Li lost his right-arm in a sword duel with the master of a martial arts school, long ago. Now, he is able to defend himself well with just his left arm, and kung fu techniques. That he proves with just the help of his friend Chung-Chieng, when he crosses his path with a beautiful girl in need, Pao Chiao. Even against impossible odds, he will prove a great warrior.

Directed by Chang Cheh - With David Chiang, Ti Lung, Lee Ching, Ku Feng


1h 37min | Action
3.4/5 (with 13 votes)

Korea, 1934. During the Japanese occupation, there is open warfare between rival martial arts schools. There is a fight in the marketplace, and three Chinese students can't stand the unfair way of students that side up with the invasors, when they gang assault one of the fighting men. Between the three, they send the aggressors away. Retaliation is heavy: their school is destroyed, and they are banished. They return to China, and start their own school, and set out on good-will visits to the other martial arts schools, only to find that everybody in their neighbourhood is already dominated by the Japanese. They have many kung fu fights to win, before they eventually manage to establish peace.

Directed by Huang Feng - With Angela Mao, Sammo Hung, Jackie Chan, Yuen Biao, Corey Yuen, Ji Han-jae, ...

Last Hurrah for Chivalry(1979)

1h 46min | Action
3.6/5 (with 9 votes)

Kao has purchased a new wife, but an enemy has paid her more money to kill him. Kao must recruit a pair of swordsmen to help defend himself and his family from his ruthless enemy. But Kao has his dark side as well. A complex early action film from master director Woo.

Directed by John Woo - With Damian Lau, Fung Hak-On, Cheung Wing Fat, Chung Fat

Dirty Ho(1979)

1h 43min | Action, Comedy
3.6/5 (with 10 votes)

A prince enlists a thief to serve as his bodyguard to protect him from assassins.

Bruce Lee Fights Back from the Grave(1976)

1h 35min | Action, Crime, Drama
2.2/5 (with 4 votes)

A lightning bolt strikes the grave of Bruce Lee. However, that is as much as Bruce Lee has to do with it. Then a kung fu instructor starts a quest to avenge a friend's death, and on the way has a romance with a girl with similar problems. He eventually finds the bad guys behind it all, and has several fights with them...

Directed by Lee Doo-yong

Storming Attacks(1978)

| 1h 31min | Action
3.9/5 (with 2 votes)

A band of counterfeiters wants to make Hong Kong their new territory. The disgraced leader of the Special Squad will have to team-up with a group of Hong Kong police officers in an attempt to stop the dirty business of crime lord Han Tin Lung, but Han's problem not only is the interference of the Police force, his Japanese ally Kimura is not happy with his 'cut' in the counterfeit deal and will try to put Donna (a relative of Han) on his side a make Han's business his own property. Both policemen and criminals are highly trained Martial Arts fighters and they will have the chance to prove who has the best Kung Fu techniques.

The Deadly Breaking Sword(1979)

1h 41min | Action, Drama
2.9/5 (with 4 votes)

Leaving behind an inch of sword in the spent corpses of his opponents, Tuan Changqing (Lung Ti) is known as the Deadly Breaking Sword. After barely surviving a duel, one of his foes is treated by the diabolical Dr. Kuo, who uses his powers of mind control to transform the man into a somnambulistic killer. After Tuan Changqing teams up with Rabelaisian gambler Xiao Dao (Sheng Fu), the story proceeds as a comical kung fu buddy flick.

Directed by Sun Chung - With Alexander Fu, Kara Wai, Ku Feng, Ti Lung

Invincible Shaolin(1978)

1h 38min | Action
3.3/5 (with 9 votes)

Three North Shaolin teachers (Lu Feng, Chang Sheng, and Sun Chien) are called on by the Manchus to teach their soldiers and are urged to challenge the current South Shaolin teachers. They defeat the South Shaolin teachers and, that night, the head general (Wang Lung Wei) kills the South Shaolin teachers and blames their death on the North Shaolin teachers. The South Shaolin master sends more of his pupils, who are killed accidentally by the North Shaolin teachers. He finally sends two more (Wei Pai and Lo Meng) of his students to train with old masters and trains one student (Kuo Chui) himself with the goal of finally defeating the North Shaolin experts.

Directed by Chang Cheh

Dance of the Drunk Mantis(1979)

1h 34min | Action, Comedy
3.2/5 (with 8 votes)

A year after training young Jackie Chan in the Drunken Fist, Sam the Seed discovers he has a son, Foggy. He tries to train Foggy but to no avail. Foggy is then trained in Drunken Fist from his uncle as he must face his father's rival, Rubber Legs, another Drunken Fist master who combines it with Mantis Fist to create a deadly style.

The Deadly Duo(1971)

1h 34min | Action
3.2/5 (with 6 votes)

The plot involves patriots during the Sung Dynasty and their attempts to rescue a kidnapped prince from Ching troops who have invaded the north of China. The patriots are led by Ti Lung who recruits a mysterious but seemingly superhuman fighter played by David Chiang to find a way to cross a perilous bridge to enter an impregnable fortress to locate and rescue the imprisoned prince. The big confrontation at the end involves trickery on the part of the heroes and the self-sacrifice of one of their number as David, who is not known to the enemy, brings in Ti as his `prisoner' to turn over to the Chings, as a way of gaining entrance. Then he cuts Ti's bonds and all hell breaks loose.

Directed by Chang Cheh - With David Chiang

The Odd Couple(1979)

1h 37min | Action, Comedy
3.4/5 (with 4 votes)

Hailed as possibly the greatest classical weapons movie ever made and starring world-renowned martial arts master, director and action-choreographer, Sammo Hung. This film showcases some of the most spectacular and intricate weapons duels ever committed to film. Sammo Hung and Lau Kar Wing play dual roles as both masters and students of the sword and spear styles of kung fu. Comic mayhem ensues when the students get kidnapped and the masters must rescue them.

The Savage Five(1974)

1h 36min | Action
3.1/5 (with 4 votes)

A pacifist village is beset by bandits in this martial arts thriller. "Savage Five" hands-down rivals the ornateness of "Kid With The Golden Arm" and the twist-heavy "Five Deadly Venoms". The always great David Chiang plays a lesser version of his Rover character from "Duel Of The Iron Fist", and Ti Lung, looking incredible here, is at his physical best. Accolades to Chen Kuan Tai and Wang Chung in great sympathetic roles, too. A kung fu classic where the actual martial arts display takes a back seat to the mesmerizing story.

Directed by Chang Cheh - With David Chiang

Kid with the Golden Arm(1979)

1h 26min | Action
3.3/5 (with 8 votes)

Jin bei tong opens with a group of escort/guards preparing to move a shipment of gold from the local government to an area stricken by famine... one of the very few Venom films where all six Venom actors are present within a single film.

Directed by Chang Cheh

Chinatown Kid(1977)

1h 55min | Drama, Action, Thriller
2.9/5 (with 3 votes)

Struggling to survive the murderous gang wars of Hong Kong, Tan Tung, a young martial arts street fighter, successfully takes on all challengers—until he runs up against the savage underworld empire of Hong Kong's Triad mafia. Escaping to San Francisco, he again tangles with criminal gangs, but this time fights his way to the top of the city's most feared gangster organization led by the White Dragon boss (Kuo Chui). At last, his rise to power leads to a final, murderous, gang-land war for control of all Chinatown. And in the end, Tan Tung must decide whether he will use his awesome skills to fight for evil...or for to help his best friend Yang Ching.

Directed by Chang Cheh - With Alexander Fu

Killer Clans(1976)

1h 31min | Action, Drama
3.3/5 (with 5 votes)

As two rival clans vie for dominance in a martial world where loyalty and honor can be bought and friends become enemies, a peerless swordsman (Chung Wa) discovers that the only thing truly worth fighting for is love.

Directed by Chor Yuen - With Ku Feng, Lo Lieh

Brothers Five(1970)

| 1h 49min | Action
3.6/5 (with 3 votes)

The 5 Kao brothers, separated since childhood, are unaware that the master Teng Lung Manor, Lung Chen-feng has killed their father. All five, however, seek to defeat the vicious gangsters at the Manor.

Directed by Lo Wei
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