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  1. #38 Bruce Lee vs a whole dojo Fist of Fury (1972) Alternative title: The Chinese Connection China (Cantonese) Directed by: Wei Lo Fight Choreography: Bruce Lee, Ying-Chieh Han Starring: Bruce Lee Box office - Hong Kong: HK$4,431,423 North America: US$3,400,000 Synopsis: A young man seeks vengeance for the death of his teacher. My rating for this movie: ★★★½ My rating for this specific fight sequence: ★★★★ A movie which has about as many different names as it has countries of release, it even so much as has 2 different English names: The Chinese Connection, and Fist of Fury (not to be confused with Fists of Fury / The Big Boss, a different movie!) So this is about Bruce Lee showing who's boss in here. As all Bruce Lee movies were, it was quite popular in North America, especially for a martial arts flick at the time. What this sequence's all about This is as classic as it gets, Bruce Lee playing a legendary martial artist from the past (as if he wasn't a legend enough) kicking the asses of a whole Japanese dojo, coupled with his almost-trademarked screams. This is an excellent vintage fight. BONUS: Someone edited Bruce Lee's nunchucks by transforming them into lightsabers. See for yourself how amazing that is.
  2. Doing a last round of tags (mostly people I haven't tagged yet) -- remember, guess correctly the #1 fight sequence in this top and be awarded a free 1-month BOT gold account! @Lucas @ThomasNicole @Taylor @langer @Jonwo @George Parr @miketheavenger @MrGlass2 @Elessar @Mojoguy @Thanos Legion @pepsa @Boxofficerules @Orestes @DMan7 @AJG @Ithil @LOGAN'sLuckyRun @Alli @Biggestgeekever @JB33 @Kraken @Impact @eXtacy @eXtacy2 @SpiritComix @iHeartJames @FantasticBeasts @TMP @YourMother the Edgelord @MyMovieCanBeatUpYourMovie @Moviefanatic @Blaze Heatnix @Fake @#ED @TheMovieman @sdeezy @wildphantom @Mr Impossible @Bishop54 @cookie @MrFanaticGuy34 @Frozen @zackzack @sfran43 @ZeeSoh You have until I start the top 25 (a quick estimate would be not too long after this week-end) New entries coming today, spanning over 40 years!
  3. anyone knows the likely total for AIW now? Is it still around $350M?
  4. #39 Joyce Godenzi vs Agnes Aurelio She Shoots Straight (1990) Alternative title: Lethal Lady China (Cantonese) Directed by: Corey Yuen Fight Choreography: Corey Yuen, Hoi Mang Starring: Joyce Godenzi, Sammo Hung, Carina Lau Box office: HK $9,962,865 Synopsis: Straight after her marriage, Hong Kong officer Mina Kao faces dangerous case of vietnamese criminal refugees. My rating for this movie: ★★★★ My rating for this specific fight sequence: ★★★★ So it begins. This is the first Golden Age Hong Kong movie in this top, and it won't be the last. The modern 'Golden Age' period of action movies from Hong Kong started with Sammo Hung's Winners and Sinners (1983), starring Jackie Chan, and is widely considered to have ended with Legend of the Drunken Master (1994), also starring Jackie Chan. Fist of Legend (1994), an earlier entry into this top, is one of the first movies that started to indicate a decline for the Hong Kong movie market, and thus, isn't part of that period. This decline happened because of several factors, none of which have anything to do Hong Kong's handover from the UK to China in 1997. 1. Many talented Hong Kong filmmakers moved to Hollywood as a lot more money could be made there. 2. Neighboring markets, which were a big source of income for Hong Kong movies both for theatrical releases and video releases, started embracing Hollywood movies a lot more beginning around 1994. 3. Hong Kong moviegoers also started favoring Hollywood releases more. 4. Rampant video piracy in the mid 90's in Asia pretty much sealed the deal for Hong Kong productions. That being said, you might notice that this movie grossed less than Fist of Legend (1994), which supposedly marked the beginning of Hong Kong's decline. Well, for one, She Shoots Straight was a box office success because the expectations for it were much smaller (we all know expectations for box office are everything... Age of Ultron 1.4B disappointment anyone? ) Jet Li was immensely popular back then, his previous movie series The Legend having grossed over HK$ 30,000,000 each, and so the expectations for Fist of Legend were higher than this one. But also, back in 1990, movies would then turn to mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, etc, and make a lot of money there -- numbers which are sadly completely unavailable to the public for every single Hong Kong release. We only know it was profitable, a lot, from Jackie Chan's autobiography, who became rich overnight when his first releases were ultra-popular in Hong Kong and other markets at the beginning of the 80's. By the mid 90's, grosses from those countries were starting to seriously dwindle. So yeah, I could fill this whole top with just movies from that era (Jackie Chan alone made 2-3 movies a year during that time), but for variety's sake, I tried to limit their amount somewhat so that I could cover more ground. Expect a bunch of them still. Anyway, on to She Shoots Straight, yes it's a bit melodramatic, yes there's a weird, heavy-handed tonal shift that's not executed so well... But hot damn what marvelous action! And not only that, but the director invests in his characters so what follows is an interesting mesh of epic action scenes, rich character moments, and great fights. Always a wonder to watch a movie made by someone who's got a real eye for action filmmaking. More on Corey Yuen -- one of my favorite Hong Kong directors -- later in this top. I don't wanna repeat myself too much. Here's a review by Sean Gilman that summarizes what I think of this movie quite well: What this fight's all about Although this is only the fight between the 2 ladies I'm talking about here, the whole sequence that precedes it (on the boat with Carina Lau chain-slicing with a machete) is almost equally as awesome and kinetic. Who is this Carina Lau and why haven't I seen her kick more ass in other movies? A frequent question when watching Hong Kong movies like this one, I would say. Anyway, all the action sequences in this movie are A-grade stuff. Such a shame that Joyce Godenzi married Sammo Hung and retired from acting early on, because she had it all! The acting chops, the screen presence and gravitas, the looks, the physicality (she performed impressive stunts)... a real star in the making! She also stars in License to Steal, a movie on my watchlist and Eastern Condors, an excellent Vietnam war movie. Final note: this movie is part of the 'Girls with Guns' genre that was quite popular during the 80's and 90's in Hong Kong, and it certainly lives up to the name. sequence:
  5. #40 Keanu Reeves vs Hugo Weaving The Matrix (1999) USA Directed by: The Wachowskis Fight Choreography: Yuen Woo-Ping Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving Worldwide Box office - $463,517,383 ($171,479,930 domestic) Synopsis: A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. My rating for this movie: ★★★★★ My rating for this specific fight sequence: ★★★★ Finally, some real box office! Pretty much all martial arts movies have ridiculously low box office numbers. The Matrix was a box office and word-of-mouth phenomenon as the movie was a purely original script from the Wachowskis, who also directed it. When it came out, it quite simply blew everyone's minds and became an instant classic that revolutionized action filmmaking. Parodies and copycats abounded. Audiences worldwide could apparently never get enough of this movie, and it went on to have a 6.17 multiplier at the domestic box office after a $27.8M opening. Different times in 1999, sure, but that's still amazing! It spawned 2 highly-anticipated and successful sequels. It is also one of my favorite movies ever, sitting squarely in my top 5. There are many reasons why I love this film, and the fight sequences are only a small fragment of that. It's just bonkers Sci-Fi action in its purest distilled form, complete with flawless pacing, an excellent script, and unforgettable characters. It also recently landed at #11 on BOT's all-time list, so I'd say I'm not alone here in thinking this is an amazing movie. Short and sweet review by @vc2002 in here: An incredible movie. What this sequence's all about You might have noticed that we're only 8 movies in so far in this top and Hong Kong fight choreographer and director Yuen Woo-Ping has already shown up 3 times (Fearless, Fist of Legend, and now The Matrix). That's because he's a legend. He was called upon to do the fight choreography for a select few Hollywood movies in the late 90's and early 2000's, and his presence is a big reason why these movies have such memorable fight sequences, The Matrix included. This fight between Neo and Agent Smith blends Kung-Fu fighting and Sci-Fi bullet time so well, its importance in action filmmaking history cannot be understated enough, especially on the side of Hollywood. Sadly, it would seem that while a lot of filmmakers tried to replicate the formula, pretty much none of them actually managed to keep the essence of why and how it worked while doing so. It also doesn't help that aside from The Matrix movies, Kill Bill, and Unleashed, Yuen Woo-Ping never worked with Hollywood again. The emerging popularity at that time of nauseating shaky cam and frenetic cuts made popular by the Bourne movies really didn't help either. All of the above is why I think this fight sequence is one of the best to come out of Hollywood, ever. Has Hollywood ever topped this? Keep following this top to find out! Here's a link to the sequence, which I highly doubt even 1 person hasn't seen in here, but whatever: The pinned comment in there kinda nails it too (oh gosh, a decent YouTube comment?) Also, any excuse is good enough to rewatch The Matrix
  6. Next up, the first blockbuster in this list edit: oh and, one of my top 5 favorite movies of all-time
  7. good comp right now (memorial day opening) X-Men: Days of Future Past Opening Day: $35,511,974 Opening Weekend: $90,823,660 4-day opening: $110,576,604 And that's kinda optimistic
  8. #41 Jet Li vs Siu-Ho Chin Fist of Legend (1994) China (Cantonese) Directed by: Gordon Chan Fight Choreography: Yuen Woo-Ping Starring: Jet Li, Siu-Ho Chin Box office - HK$14,785,382 Synopsis: In 1937, a Chinese martial artist returns to Shanghai to find his teacher dead and his school harassed by the Japanese. My rating for this movie: ★★★ My rating for this specific fight sequence: ★★★★ Fist of Legend is a classic Jet Li movie with a surprising amount of dramatic heft. It is also a loose remake of Bruce Lee's Fist of Fury from 1972, which you might see appear later in this top. So since this is the first movie in which the gross is only available in HK$, I will expand a bit on conversion rates for this currency and what they mean. Basically, during the 80's and 90's in Hong Kong, their dollar was valued at about 8 for 1 USD, which means this movie grossed just under US $2M. It's not a lot of course, which is why this movie was seen as a disappointment in terms of gross at the time. However, be aware that production costs were a fraction of what they were in America, the cost of living in Hong Kong during those years was several times inferior to the cost of living in America, and that movies often made a lot of money in neighboring markets: Mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Korea, and Japan. In fact, it was one of the main sources of income for them. More on that later as those other markets turned their backs on them eventually, which apparently started with this movie. A short and sweet review by Derenzo on this movie: What this fight sequence's all about It's quite a dramatic sequence since the main character and his brother are fighting. The cause of their duel is that the main character is in love with a Japanese Girl, and the movie being set during Japanese occupation of China (during world war 2), his entourage doesn't take this very well, including his brother. It's an interesting fight because Jet Li kind of dominates his opponent, but decides to switch to boxing style mid-way through! For fun, or something. It's quite jarring and a welcome change of pace! A great showcase of Jet Li's amazing versatility. The fight: Overall this is a good martial arts flick rooted in history, so if that's your thing, I recommend it.
  9. There's only so much you can do with always the same setting Which is why they have to switch it up big time if they want to steer the ship
  10. #42 Jean-Claude Van Damme vs Bolo Yeung Bloodsport (1988) USA Directed by: Newt Arnold Fight Choreography: Frank Dux Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Donald Gibb, Leah Ayres Box office: $11,806,119 domestic Synopsis: Follows Frank Dux, an American martial artist serving in the military, who decides to leave the army to compete in a martial arts tournament in Hong Kong where fights to the death can occur. My rating for this movie: ★★★★ My rating for this specific fight sequence: ★★★★ Pretty much one of the most famous martial artists in the world, Jean-Claude Van Damme simply cannot be ignored when making a list such as this. This movie shouldn't work, but it did for me. I mean, the first 10 minutes are atrocious, the choreography isn't anything too spectacular either, but once they get to Hong Kong the movie is so... homely. I wanted to stay and snug myself in the movie, unseen among the spectators, and just watch... Watch Jean-Claude split his way to higher consciousness... Watch the awesome villain cleave into people's faces for no real reason... Watch every movie cliché being projected in front of my eyes and yet, not caring! But above all, listen to the groovy soundtrack during the tournament which gives this movie its unique vibe and atmosphere. JCVD's form is pretty much perfect in this. What this fight sequence's all about This sequence isn't known for the flashiness of its choreography (mainly because of the over-use of slow-mo), but it's a legendary fight that's beautifully edited and put together. It's the culmination of everything that came before in the movie, and puts the focus, rightfully so, on Jean-Claude Van Damme's kicks, which are godly. Also based on true events, which makes it all the more impactful. Jean-Claude Van Damme is amazing has been a source of inspiration for martial artists worldwide for decades, and this movie and sequence are part of the reason why. Sequence:
  11. I must say, even though I kinda suspected a lot of people would be turned off by a Solo movie, this is still quite a surprise. I didn't expect that much rejection, especially on the overseas front. We'll see how it plays out, it may yet have decent legs even if the opening is deflated.
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