During the late 60s and throughout the 70s and even until today, a continuing Martial Arts Craze has swept and continues to sweep through America’s Film Fans with imports from Japan, China and some home-grown Kung-Fu-ish cray fight scene movies. These early films have inspired many of the popular Grindhouse and Superhero movies of today – movies like “Dead Pool,” “Superman,” “Wonder Woman” and “Kill Bill” were richly inspired by these early films, and the fight scenes of almost every movie made since.
This week, MovieZoot.com features four of these early Martial Arts movies as each of the heroes do some serious butt kicking of the villains, including the iconic Bruce Lee in 1971’s Fists of Fury, the invincible Jackie Chan in 1977’s The 36 Crazy Fists, Jeanette Roxborough in 2010’s single-Mom badass Bare Knuckles, and Sonny Chiba in 1974’s epic Martial Arts classic The Street Fighter.
Sit back and watch our hand-to-hand combat heroes use their fists, feet, elbows and knees to put the bad guys in their rightful place, and keep our world safe from villainy!
Fists of Fury
is the 1971 Wei Lo Martial Arts action/drama starring Bruce Lee, Maria Yi and James Tien telling the story of a young man that has left his homeland of China and relocated to stay with family in Thailand. This man, who swore to his mother that he would avoid violence in his new life and even wears a necklace to remind himself of this oath, is tested when he confronts trouble at his job. When he finds out the factory he works at is a cover for a drug ring, and his family members are murdered by members of the gang, he can avoid fighting no more and decides to confront his corrupt boss.
The 36 Crazy Fists
is the 1977 Chi-Hwa Chen Martial Arts action/drama starring Jackie Chan, Siu-Hung Leung and Michelle Yim and tells the tale of a monastery novice who strives tirelessly to learn advanced kung-fu techniques from a sage monastic master in order to avenge his father’s death. He has to use every move he learned, and has to invent some new ones on the fly in his quest.
is the 2010 Eric Etibari action/drama starring Jeanette Roxborough, Martin Kove and Eric Etebari telling the story of a struggling yet determined single Mom striving to win a boxing tournament to achieve a financially secure future for herself and her family. Will she go the distance, overcome the odds, and win what she wants without sacrificing her ethics? Her’s are the battles of every single Mom facing the world alone.
The Street Fighter
is the 1974 Shigehiro Ozawa Martial Arts action/drama starring Shin’ichi (Sonny) Chiba, Goichi Yamada and Yutaka Nakajima where Chiba plays a tough mercenary master of the martial arts. When an important business magnate dies, leaving billions to his daughter, the Mafia and Yakuza try to hire Chiba’s character to kidnap the daughter. When they refuse to meet his exorbitant price and try to kill him to conceal their secret plans, he promptly offers his services to protect her. Much ultra-violent martial-arts fighting action, as expected, ensues. This also includes a subplot of a family’s blood-feud with our hero over a disputed debt.