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The Best of the Martial Arts Films (1990)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Action | 1990 (USA)
A review about martial arts films as well as some of its biggest movie stars.


Sandra Weintraub


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Credited cast:
John Saxon ... Himself - Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ... Himself (archive footage)
Chris Casamassa ... Himself (archive footage)
Jackie Chan ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert Clouse Robert Clouse ... Himself
Keith Cooke ... Himself (archive footage)
Peter Cunningham ... Himself (archive footage)
Joyce Godenzi ... Herself (archive footage)
Sibelle Hu ... Herself (archive footage)
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung ... Himself (archive footage)
Shô Kosugi ... Himself (archive footage)
Tak-Hing Kwan Tak-Hing Kwan ... Himself (archive footage)
Bruce Lee ... Himself (archive footage)
Angela Mao ... Herself (archive footage)
Michiko Nishiwaki ... Herself (archive footage)


John Saxon, one of the stars of the legendary martial arts film Enter the Dragon (1973), is the host of this documentary where he makes a review of the genre as several of the actors and actresses who tuned in international stars. Since pioneer Bruce Lee and comic Jackie Chan and women like Angela Mao and Cynthia Rothrock, Saxon explains the variety in the fight styles as the different weapons of the fighters, with a few interviews with them. A fascinating look about the most stamina action movies. Written by Chockys

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Hong Kong | USA


Cantonese | English

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1990 (USA) See more »

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Deadliest Art: The Best of the Martial Arts Films See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Duel to the Death is referred to as 'Duel to Death'. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK release of this film has no cuts listed by the BBFC but at the very end the narrator says, "We've saved the best for last, here is Bruce Lee fighting with the deadly nunchaku in Enter the Dragon." The clip begins with Lee beating up a few of the guards, then he knocks one over in to some water and it fades out and ends with the shot of the nunchaku cut. See more »


Features Po jie (1977) See more »

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A "Best Of" of some of the kung-fu antics of the 80's
8 May 2000 | by Sarge-34See all my reviews

A rather odd video in that it doesn't actually have a plot. Well maybe not that unique. Instead it is set as a documentary style feature dealing with the numerous aspects of martial arts videos. It's narrated by an amusingly serious man in a bizarrely dark room, where it cuts to footage of stars such as Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan et al.

Unfortunately as it is quite old it doesn't feature Jet Li or any other of the up and coming martial arts stars. But it a good way to be introduced to the genre and the more experienced among you will get to see some bit's of movies you probably haven't seen.

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