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
My 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.
My 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.
My 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.
My 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.
My 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!
My 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.)
Martial Arts Movie Marathon Schedule
|12:00 PM||Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon|
|02:30 PM||The 36th Chamber of Shaolin|
|04:45 PM||Drunken Master|
|06:45 PM||The Chinese Connection|
|09:00 PM||Ip Man|
|03:00 AM||Kung Fu Hustle|
|04:45 AM||The Legend of Drunken Master|
|06:30 AM||Enter the Dragon|
|08:30 AM||Tai-Chi Master|
|10:15 AM||Police Story|