Top 10 Best Asian Action Movies of All Time

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Influenced by their cultural background, Asian action movies employ different forms of fighting, which vary from quick-exchange fist fighting to adroit sword ... read more...

  1. Ang Lee's masterwork remains regarded as one of the best action movies of all time. "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" is a captivating display of skill and metaphysical frippery wrapped in an engaging narrative that will have you on the edge of your seat.


    A sacrosanct sword is taken from Yu Shu Lien's hands, who herself received it from the famous Master Li. An enraged Lee goes on a journey of romantic and thrilling adventures, complete with unexpected turns. There's no disputing that the film suffers from a lack of momentum. However, the way Ang Lee filmed the film, with symbolic and intentional direction, is a joy to see and absorb.


    Detailed information:

    Directed by: Ang Lee

    Starring: Chow Yun-fat, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi

    Release date: 18 May 2000

    Running time: 120 minutes

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

  2. "The Raid" has the magnificent action fiesta that is so thrilling that you'll be gasping for air. Even if the film's depiction of violence is exorbitantly violent and horrible, the action sequences and stunts are just extra-terrestrial in character.


    A group of valiant men is apprehended in the safe house of the terrible drug lord Tama. With ammunition running short and danger looming, the party must use their talents to the fullest in order to avoid unwanted attention and make it out safely. The film will completely surprise you with its flawless execution.


    Detailed information:

    Directed by: Gareth Evans

    Starring: Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Donny Alamsyah

    Release date: 8 September 2011

    Running time: 101 minutes

    The Raid
    The Raid
    The Raid
  3. Top 3

    Ip Man

    Donnie Yen is one of Asia's most well-known action stars. With his portrayal of Ip Man, a taciturn and humble martial arts artist who must fight for the respect of this relic and his guru's legacy, his unfettered popularity reached new heights.

    When it was released, the movie became an instant classic, garnering numerous prizes. The audience voted it the finest film of the year, heaping praise on the star and the emotional story. The quick-cut fighting scenes were masterfully shot and done, with little indication that the performers were all actors. Because of the conviction with which Yen performed his role, he was welcomed back to his community as the Ip Man, and many people challenged him to fight in the ring.


    Detailed information:

    Directed by: Wilson Yip

    Starring: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Lynn Hung

    Release date: 18 December 2008

    Running time: 108 minutes

    Ip Man
    Ip Man
    Ip Man
  4. Shaolin Soccer is a Hong Kong sports comedy film directed by Stephen Chow, who also plays the protagonist character. The work was first premiered in 2001. Upon its release, the film became the highest-grossing film in the history of Hong Kong cinema and also won the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Film. This is considered one of the best works of Hong Kong comedy king Chow.


    Shaolin Football Team is a sports comedy with a football theme, the content of the movie is about a football team whose players are Shaolin masters. Years after their master's death, a former Shaolin monk reunites his five brethren to use their superhuman martial arts skills to play football and preach Shaolin kung fu to the masses.


    Detailed information:

    Directed by: Stephen Chow

    Starring: Stephen Chow, Zhao Wei, Ng Man-tat

    Release date: 12 July 2001

    Running time: 112 minutes

    Shaolin Soccer
    Shaolin Soccer
    Shaolin Soccer
  5. Kim Ok-Bin, the exquisite South Korean actress, captured everyone's attention with her stunning performance as Sook-hee, a merciless female assassin who has been trained to be the best and the worst since childhood. She attempts to conceal her terrible secrets by posing as a sleeping agent for an intelligence agency. However, two crucial pieces of evidence from her past reappear, putting her secret in jeopardy.

    It is possibly one of the best-made films of 2017. "The Villainess" was shown at the 70th Cannes Film Festival, where it received high reviews for its sleek action and fascinating tale.


    Detailed information:

    Directed by: Jung Byung-gil

    Starring: Kim Ok-bin, Shin Ha-kyun, Sung Joon

    Release date: 21 May 2017

    Running time: 129 minutes

    The Villainess
    The Villainess
    The Villainess
  6. This is a timeless classic. "Drunken Master", Jackie Chan's breakthrough picture, was a humorous and action-packed comedy that has since become a legendary film. The film tells the story of a troubled young boy who is careless and prefers merry-making and antics to responsibility. It is full of slap-stick comedy and heart-wrenching scenarios. His life takes a turn for the worst when a special group of assassins threatens to squander his life if quick and active action is not provided.

    Chan's acting abilities are complimented here. Because it is nearly difficult for a man of his talent and size to appear to be a complete rookie in the profession. His hilarious timing sticks out in this sea of soaring action sequences. You won't be able to miss this one.


    Detailed information:

    Directed by: Yuen Woo-ping

    Starring: Jackie Chan, Yuen Siu-tien, Hwang Jang-lee

    Release date: 5 October 1978

    Running time: 110 minutes

    Drunken Master
    Drunken Master
    Drunken Master
  7. Stephen Chow directed, produced, co-wrote, and starred in the 2004 action comedy film Kung Fu Hustle. The film depicts a vicious neighborhood gang, a destitute community with unusual heroes, and one wannabe gangster's brave struggle to discover his true self.


    The entire film is built around its weird action sequences, which are surprisingly well-executed. The primary actors do an excellent job of conveying a sense of consistency to the problematic narrative. Hats off to the stunt coordinators for attempting and pulling off the fighting scenes in the movie. Their daring and life-threatening efforts to pull scenes earn our respect and admiration.


    Detailed information:

    Directed by: Stephen Chow

    Starring: Stephen Chow, Danny Chan, Yuen Wah

    Release date: 14 September 2004

    Running time: 98 minutes

    Kung Fu Hustle
    Kung Fu Hustle
    Kung Fu Hustle
  8. Red Cliff, also known as Chibi, is a Chinese epic war film based on the Battle of Red Cliffs (208–209 AD) and events in Imperial China near the end of the Han dynasty and just before the Three Kingdoms period. It's Woo's first major film since 2003's Paycheck, and his first Chinese-language film since 1992's Hard Boiled, which also stars Leung.


    The film never ceases to astonish with each passing moment as it depicts a feud between two kingdoms sparked by politically motivated ambitious characters. It is wonderful in its ability to depict the essence and cruelty of the battle. The filmmaker, John Woo, was hesitant to take on such a large production, concerned about its flawless execution. In the end, we can safely state that he was humble in vexing so many difficulties.


    Detailed information:

    Directed by: John Woo

    Starring: Tony Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhang Fengyi

    Release date: 10 July 2008
    Running time:
    146 minutes

    Red Cliff
    Red Cliff
    Red Cliff
  9. Jet Li is the public face of martial arts. His films aren't always the most logical in their reasoning. They are, however, enjoyable for their intended audience. And it is for this reason that Jet Li's participation in a film is so significant.


    "Fist of Legend" follows Chen as he returns to his childhood school. When he eventually comes, he discovers the Chinese group's harassing and outright hooliganism, as well as the sad demise of his Guru. Emotionally charged and heartbroken, he vows to put a stop to the scuffle once and for all, while simultaneously committing this act to his master's legacy. There is no debate about the active component, as it is intrinsically amazing if it is on the list. However, the dramatic portion of the story was handled quite well, lending believability to the film.


    Detailed information:

    Directed by: Gordon Chan

    Starring: Jet Li, Chin Siu-ho

    Release date: 22 December 1994

    Running time: 103 minutes

    Fist of Legend
    Fist of Legend
    Fist of Legend
  10. "Iron Monkey" grew out of the writers' daring decision to feature an alter-ego as the plot's staple. "Iron Monkey" is the name of that alternative. The entire film is a fictitious account of the historical conflict between Wong Hei Fung and his father, as well as the "Iron Monkey".


    The film's transition from natural and leisurely to passionate and superficial appears effortless and delightful. The usage of sticks and weapons to aid in the combat process is done expertly. The cinematography was the highlight of the film. The beautifully shot film provoked strong emotions and felt like a James Cameron special.


    Detailed information:

    Directed by: Yuen Woo-ping

    Starring: Donnie Yen, Yu Rongguang

    Release date: 3 September 1993

    Running time: 90 minutes

    Iron Monkey
    Iron Monkey
    Iron Monkey



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