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Re: Favorite movie fight scenes

Postby James Y » Sun Jul 21, 2019 3:40 pm

Atomic Blonde (2017); director: David Leitch.

Charlize Theron vs thugs. This is another fight scene that was shot in one non-stop, continuous take:

https://youtu.be/rAXrcFBJXjM

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Re: Favorite movie fight scenes

Postby James Y » Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:29 pm

The Victim (1979, Hong Kong). Director: Sammo Hung.

Believe it or not, the film's protagonist, Leung Kar-Yan (sometimes called "Beardy" by his fans) was not, and never has been, an actual martial artist. Self-admittedly, the only martial arts he ever knew were the movements that directors/choreographers taught him for the movies. He was originally a kung fu movie fan that got the chance to visit a set on the Shaw Brothers studios lot in the early '70s and meet his screen idols, and was subsequently invited to appear in movies himself. It's clear that Leung Kar-Yan had a natural charisma, was also a natural as an actor and as athletic performer. IMO, at his peak, he was (and still is) the best martial arts movie star who didn't actually know real martial arts.

End fights: Leung Kar-Yan vs Wilson Tong; Leung Kar-Yan vs Chang Yi (the guy with the eye patch):

https://youtu.be/pRt8S8B9PrQ

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Re: Favorite movie fight scenes

Postby Bloke » Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:37 pm

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Re: Favorite movie fight scenes

Postby James Y » Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:42 pm

Bloke wrote:
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Lol! Good one!

That looks like it's from a Bollywood ( Hindi) film.

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Re: Favorite movie fight scenes

Postby Bloke » Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:17 pm

James Y wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:42 pm
Lol! Good one!

That looks like it's from a Bollywood ( Hindi) film.

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Hey Jim, yes definitely Bollywood. I’ve never watched one but a quick google search will likely leave you rolling on the floor laughing at what they get up to. :confused:
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Re: Favorite movie fight scenes

Postby James Y » Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:01 am

Bloke wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:17 pm
James Y wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:42 pm
Lol! Good one!

That looks like it's from a Bollywood ( Hindi) film.

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Hey Jim, yes definitely Bollywood. I’ve never watched one but a quick google search will likely leave you rolling on the floor laughing at what they get up to. :confused:
I agree, Bloke. Bollywood has some pretty crazy stuff. Though admittedly, I've only actually seen about 3 or 4 complete Bollywood movies. If I understand it, Bollywood is second only to Hollywood in world popularity, but personally, I'm not a fan of it. But yeah, they do have a lot of funny/bizarre stuff!

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Re: Favorite movie fight scenes

Postby James Y » Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:26 am

Dragons Forever (1988, Hong Kong). Director: Sammo Hung. Starring: Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, and Yuen Biao.

This movie features a "rematch" between Jackie Chan and legendary kickboxing champion Benny "The Jet" Urquidez (see post #1), though not as the same characters. I've always liked their fight in "Wheels On Meals" better, but this fight is more violent.

Sammo Investigates Narcotics Factory; Sammo Hung vs Benny Urquidez:

https://youtu.be/KNZC4RIz45Y

Factory fight; Yuen Biao vs Billy Chow; Pauline Yeung vs Phillip Ko Fei; Jackie Chan vs Lee Ka-Ting & other thugs; Yuen Biao vs Benny Urquidez:

https://youtu.be/5H06Yb3WwmU

Final fight; Jackie Chan vs Benny Urquidez & Yuen Wah; Sammo Hung vs Yuen Wah:

https://youtu.be/uWwCKwpuCI8

*Note: The kicks performed by "Jackie" at 2:38 and from 6:22 to 6:26 were actually doubled by Yuen Biao, who was a better kicker than Jackie Chan.

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Re: Favorite movie fight scenes

Postby James Y » Wed Jul 24, 2019 2:42 pm

A Bronx Tale (1993). Director:' Robert De Niro.

Biker brawl scene (with Chazz Palminteri, Lillo Brancato Jr., etc.):

https://youtu.be/jnpE-hGNVj8

Back in 1981, I witnessed a very large 3-way fight involving three different groups, one of which was a large contingent of outlaw bikers from a 'club' with a name that anybody would recognize. The other two groups were split along ethnic lines. The fight initially started between the two other groups, and the outlaw bikers (most of which were middle-aged/older than the other two groups) decided to jump into it for the "fun" of it and started attacking anybody and everybody. Almost immediately, the two other groups temporarily teamed up against the bikers. What happened was pure chaos and looked A LOT like this scene, except the brawl I witnessed lasted MUCH longer. The result was the same, too; the bikers ended up taken completely out of the fight and left lying on the floor. After the bikers were eliminated, the brawl between the first two groups continued where it left off. This incident occurred on the ground floor of a sports arena during a 'full-contact karate' event.

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Re: Favorite movie fight scenes

Postby James Y » Thu Jul 25, 2019 3:05 pm

Heroes of the East (alternate title: Shaolin Challenges Ninja; 1978, Hong Kong). Director: Lau Kar-Leung.

Gordon Liu (3-section staff) vs Manabu Shirai (nunchaku & single tonfa):

https://youtu.be/vrW8UKPs5dY

Final,fight: Gordon Liu vs Yasuaki Kurata:

https://youtu.be/x1iUJ36FKIA

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Re: Favorite movie fight scenes

Postby James Y » Thu Jul 25, 2019 4:14 pm

Tha Himalayan (1976). Director: Huang Feng. Action choreographers: Han Ying-Chieh & Sammo Hung.

Tae Kwon Do master Tan Tao-Liang was one of cinema's all-time best kickers, especially with his left leg. Angela Mao (Mao Ying) was mostly familiar to Westerners for playing Bruce Lee's sister in Enter the Dragon, although she starred in numerous films in Hong Kong and Taiwan before and after that.

Fight: Tan Tao-Liang vs Lee Ka-Ting & Chan Wui-Ngai. Training sequence: Tan Tao-Liang & Angela Mao:

https://youtu.be/ejuHpXhrfpM

Final fight: Tan-Tao Liang & Angela Mao vs Chan Sing:

https://youtu.be/kxxqPbTVyAU

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Re: Favorite movie fight scenes

Postby ferider » Thu Jul 25, 2019 4:27 pm

Terentino fan here. You can pick any of his movies.

But when I read the thread title I thought immediately of Transporter 1.

Need to turn the Volume up.

https://youtu.be/GwiI6LKcemY

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Re: Favorite movie fight scenes

Postby James Y » Fri Jul 26, 2019 12:20 pm

ferider wrote:
Thu Jul 25, 2019 4:27 pm
Terentino fan here. You can pick any of his movies.

But when I read the thread title I thought immediately of Transporter 1.

Need to turn the Volume up.

https://youtu.be/GwiI6LKcemY
Thanks. Transporter was directed by Corey Yuen, a stuntman/actor/director and former classmate of Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, and many others involved in the old-school Hong Kong film industry.

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Re: Favorite movie fight scenes

Postby James Y » Fri Jul 26, 2019 12:25 pm

Mean Streets (1973). Director: Martin Scorsese.

Pool hall fight (featuring Robert De Niro, George Memmoli, Harvey Keitel, etc.):

https://youtu.be/CtAl0bXSmzI

This is my favorite scene in the movie, lol.

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Re: Favorite movie fight scenes

Postby James Y » Fri Jul 26, 2019 3:35 pm

The Lady is the Boss (1983, Hong Kong). Director: Lau Kar-Leung.

Final fight: Featuring Lau Kar-Leung, Kara Hui, Wang Lung-Wei, Gordon Liu, Sun Chien, Hsiao Hou, etc.

NOTE: What makes this scene really special is the last fight between Lau Kar-Leung (wearing the white kung fu uniform) and Wang Lung-Wei, which begins at around 4:23.

https://youtu.be/U7s6Va10jhU

The late Lau Kar-Leung was not only a prolific director and performer, but he was a legitimate, real-life master of the Hung Gar Kung Fu system. There are obvious scenes of gymnastic doubling for Lau and Wang, but that should not distract from the fact that, when inspired, Lau Kar-Leung was one of the greatest onscreen martial arts performers.

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Re: Favorite movie fight scenes

Postby ferider » Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:14 am

James Y wrote:
Fri Jul 26, 2019 12:20 pm
Thanks. Transporter was directed by Corey Yuen, a stuntman/actor/director and former classmate of Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, and many others involved in the old-school Hong Kong film industry.

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Thanks Jim ! Just to make sure, didn't mean to imply that Tarantino had anything to do with the Transporter.

Just that each and every one of Tarantino's movies has great fight scenes. Here is a recent one, not so typical, absolutely hilarious IMHO :) (The Hateful Eight)

https://youtu.be/5ldjhoCts-0

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Re: Favorite movie fight scenes

Postby James Y » Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:39 am

ferider wrote:
Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:14 am
James Y wrote:
Fri Jul 26, 2019 12:20 pm
Thanks Jim ! Just to make sure, didn't mean to imply that Tarantino had anything to do with the Transporter.

Just that each and every one of Tarantino's movies has great fight scenes. Here is a recent one, not so typical, absolutely hilarious IMHO :) (The Hateful Eight)

https://youtu.be/5ldjhoCts-0
Thanks for posting, ferider, and not a problem...I knew you weren't implying that Tarantino directed Transporter. Just thought I'd toss in some useless trivia there! :)

I also like Tarantino's films, most of them, anyway. And Hateful Eight is one of my favorites, as well. One of the interesting things about Tarantino's movies is that pretty much all of his characters are sociopaths, so violence is very casual to them. Not unlike many hardened criminals in real life.

I'm looking forward to Tarantino's Once Upin a Time in Hollywood, but won't be able to catch it in a theater, due to current commitments; I'll have to catch it after its theatrical run.

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Re: Favorite movie fight scenes

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Re: Favorite movie fight scenes

Postby James Y » Sat Jul 27, 2019 6:06 pm

shunsui wrote:
Sat Jul 27, 2019 12:08 pm
Jack Jack

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79tb_AlPC-k
Lol. I wish I could've done that to the raccoons that kept coming into my yard and making a racket a couple years ago.

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Re: Favorite movie fight scenes

Postby rangefinder » Sat Jul 27, 2019 6:46 pm

"Casino Royale" has several good gritty fight scenes that are (intentionally) a complete reversal from the previous films where Bond would barely get his hands dirty in a fight. The opener in B/W is short and raw:

https://youtu.be/iNW5LDF60Ec

And on a lighter note... If you lived in Seattle in the 80s/90s then you've probably seen "Almost Live", a skit comedy show on KING5. One of the highlights was the "Mind Your Manners With Billy Quan" skits which was a parody of Hong Kong films that were dubbed and used wire work for stunts. Here's the first one that came up in a YouTube search but there are dozens like this.

https://youtu.be/CUp1BAd7WWE

("Almost Live" is where Bill Nye created the "Bill Nye The Science Guy" character that he has turned into a life-long career. It's also where Joel McHale got his start.)

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Re: Favorite movie fight scenes

Postby James Y » Sat Jul 27, 2019 6:54 pm

Struggle Through Death (1979, Taiwan). Director: Chang Hsin-Yi. Starring: John Liu, Chin Lung, Yu Chung-Chiu, Ma Chin-Ku, Ma Chang, Lau Chun-Fai, etc.

John Liu (Liu Chung-Liang) was another one of cinema's best kickers. His repertoire was limited, but he has the distinction of averaging more kicks per movie than probably any other kicking specialist. He tended to kick about 90% of the time with his right leg. The fight scenes aren't believable, but it's fun to watch what he does with that right leg.

Some trivia: In 1976 in Paris, John Liu defeated Chuck Norris in an "exhibition match" which was the last time Norris ever sparred competitively (or semi-competitively). The match goes unmentioned in Chuck Norris's competitive record. Chuck Norris had officially retired from competition somewhere between 1968 and 1970. John Liu was a former karate champion himself, but outside of the U.S. He moved to Paris in the '70s and actually became fairly well-known in Europe, as well as in Taiwan.

Leg and kick training scenes, and kick fighting scenes:

https://youtu.be/EsrW7MV7Hro

I've long wondered why they chose a comparatively weak, generic performer to play the arch-villain. Most John Liu films featured strong arch-villains that his characters needed help against. Some of the actors who played the henchmen would have been better as the main villain.

End fight: John Liu vs Lau Chun-Fai:

https://youtu.be/pnWiQfZmeQA

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