Martial Arts Movie Marathon

After coming up with the Jackie Chan 24-hour movie marathon, it left me wondering what a 24-hour martial arts movie marathon would look like. The problem is that there are hundreds, nay, thousands of martial arts movies out there. How do you pick out the best ones?

If you are Quentin Tarantino, picking out the best is easy since you’ve already seen them all (you’re just that good). For us mere mortals, however, we might just have to pick some of the best out of a hat, cram them into a 24-hour movie marathon, and call it good – knowing that some purist out there will dispute our choices no matter what schedule we choose.

So I give you – the best martial arts movie marathon out of a hat!

Martial Arts Movie Marathon Movies

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Crouching Tiger Hidden DragonMy Take: Teenage girl does typical teenage rebellious things – steal swords of destiny, exploit secrets of kung fu from ancient scrolls, run out of an arranged marriage – that sort of thing.There are zero tigers and zero dragons in this film. Crouching or otherwise.

The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

The 36th Chamber Of ShaolinMy Take: A kung fu movie actually about kung fu. It takes a while to learn, there are no wires to assist you while jumping around, and there is no five-point palm exploding heart technique. “The Matrix” it a’int.

Drunken Master

Drunken MasterMy Take: Jackie Chan is a disobedient boy who is punished by his father…to learn kung fu by a great master. Why did I follow the rules as a kid again?

The Chinese Connection

The Chinese ConnectionMy Take: Master dead, student mad, revenge, blah blah blah. It’s every Kung Fu plot ever. Thankfully, this movie has Bruce Lee. ‘Nuff said.

Ip Man

My Take:Ip Man Donnie Yen is “Ip Man”, a master of Wing Chun who politely beats people up at their request. Then the Japanese occupy China and rudely ask to be beaten up. Ip Man obliges.

Ong-Bak

Ong BakMy Take: Wait, what? A martial arts movie not based on Kung Fu? Isn’t that against the law? Anyway, Ting – a Muay Thai expert – is upset someone stole the head off his village’s Buddha statue. He decides to write a strongly worded letter to the editor about it. Then maybe gets into a fight or two. The end.

Fearless

FearlessMy Take: Another good martial arts film. This one with Jet Li. What? You wanted to know the plot? Does it matter?

Kung Fu Hustle

Kung Fu HustleMy Take: Kung Fu masters in disguise run a slum in Canton and don’t take well to being pushed around by the local mob. It seems like secretly being a Kung Fu master would helpful almost any profession. Think of how dramatically efficient “kung fu librarian” would be.

The Legend of Drunken Master

The Legend Of Drunken MasterMy Take: Jackie Chan is an expert in Drunken Boxing style Kung Fu. This has to be one of the most amusing fighting style names ever. Someone should invent “Drunken Gymnast” style Kung Fu quick to top this!

Enter the Dragon

Enter The DragonMy Take: Bruce Lee goes undercover in a martial arts tournament to find out what is going on an island full of bad guys (spoiler alert: they are up to no good). Dr. Claw from Inspector Gadget makes an appearance (second spoiler alert: the plot is just an excuse for Bruce Lee to show how awesome he is.)

Tai-Chi Master

Tai-Chi MasterMy Take: In this 90-minute exercise video, Jet Li guides you through the serenity, focus, and relaxation of Tai-Chi – with BONE-CRUNCHING, CRAZED REVENGE-FUELED ACTION.

Police Story

Police StoryMy Take: In this movie, Jackie Chan plays a Hong Kong Supercop…whoops, wait, that’s seven years after this movie. Instead, he plays a Hong Kong cop who is super at Kung Fu. There. That clears it up.

Martial Arts Movie Marathon Schedule

Start TimeTitle
12:00 PMCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
02:30 PMThe 36th Chamber of Shaolin
04:45 PMDrunken Master
06:45 PMThe Chinese Connection
09:00 PMIp Man
11:00 PMOng-Bak
01:00 AMFearless
03:00 AMKung Fu Hustle
04:45 AMThe Legend of Drunken Master
06:30 AMEnter the Dragon
08:30 AMTai-Chi Master
10:15 AMPolice Story
12:00 PMFinish

Jackie Chan Movie Marathon

Jackie Chan is listed as an actor in over 120 movies. Not a lead role every time, mind you. In his early films he was “thug sliding on floor” and “mole face gang leader” (that’s a great credit right there). Still this gives you a sense of the difficultly to create a “perfect” Jackie Chan movie marathon.

I took a few of the “Jackie Chan Best Of” lists and merged them as best I could into one 24-hour Jackie Chan movie marathon. All of the lists out there agreed on maybe about five movies. However, all of the movies you see below was on at least one list, so I think you can spend your 24 hours in confidence that you are getting the best Jackie has to offer! Enjoy!

Jackie Chan Movie Marathon Movies

Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow

Snake In The Eagle's ShadowMy take: An evil clan is all evil and stuff. Jackie Chan is a humble janitor taught by a humble beggar / martial arts master. Will the underdog triumph? I suppose it depends on how well the evil clan is managed. Do they have a good corporate training program and benefits? Find out!

The Young Master

The Young MasterMy take: Jackie Chan loses his honor in a dance competition and must redeem himself by saving his brother, who has fallen into a life of crime. Its “Bring it On” meets the prodigal son. But with slapstick kung fu action.

Project A

Project AMy take: This documentary shows how the coast guard protects us against pirates. The answer is “with Kung Fu. In Hong Kong. In the 19th century.”

Police Story

Police StoryMy take: In this movie, Jackie Chan plays a Hong Kong Supercop…whoops, wait, that’s seven years after this movie. Instead, he plays a Hong Kong cop who is super at Kung Fu. There. That clears it up.

The Armour of God

Armour Of GodMy take: Jackie Chan pursues the Armour of God from evil monks. In the sequel, he pursues the tennis shoes of Satan from evil tollbooth operators.

Police Story 2

Police Story 2My take: Strangely enough, Jackie Chan singlehandedly beating up a legion of bad guys is frowned upon by his police superiors, and he is busted down to traffic cop. That is probably where most of this story is focused: Jackie Chan writing tickets.

Dragons Forever

Dragons ForeverMy take: Jackie Chan is a lawyer with super Kung Fu skills who…wait, what?

Miracles

MiraclesMy take: Jackie Chan accidentally becomes the head of a crime family. Its basically “The Godfather” if Michael had known Kung Fu and didn’t descend into depravity.

Supercop

SupercopMy take: Jackie Chan plays a Hong Kong cop…again? Come on. Couldn’t he play, say a Swedish super cop? “Probably not” is the correct answer.

Crime Story

Crime StoryMy take: Jackie Chan plays a Hong Kong cop….really? Ok, I’m really running out of pithy things to say about Hong Kong supercops at this point.

The Legend of Drunken Master

The Legend Of Drunken MasterMy take: Jackie Chan is an expert in Drunken Boxing style Kung Fu. This has to be one of the most amusing fighting style names ever. Someone should invent “Drunken Gymnast” style Kung Fu quick to top this!

Rumble in the Bronx

Rumble In The BronxMy take: Jackie Chan fights in somewhere that is probably the Bronx in some mirror universe where everyone in New York speaks Chinese.

Who am I?

Who Am I?My take: Jackie Chan asks a soul-searching question that everyone should ask themselves. Probably one of his most thought-provoking…oh wait – it’s a Kung-Fu flick. Never mind!

Jackie Chan Movie Marathon Schedule

Start TimeTitle
12:00 PMSnake in the Eagle’s Shadow
02:00 PMThe Young Master
03:45 PMProject A
05:45 PMPolice Story
07:30 PMThe Armour of God
09:15 PMPolice Story 2
11:00 PMDragons Forever
01:00 AMMiracles
03:00 AMSupercop
04:45 AMCrime Story
06:30 AMThe Legend of Drunken Master
08:15 AMRumble in the Bronx
10:00 AMWho am I?
12:00 PMFinish