You Should Watch These Badass, Women-Led Martial Arts Films

When you think about classic Chinese martial arts films (because I know you do all the time), usually, heavy hitting actors like Bruce Lee, Gordon Liu, Jackie Chan, even Lau Kar-leung immediately come to mind. But what about women martial artists? Turns out, there are a lot of them. And they are the epitome of badass. »11/09/14 4:41pm11/09/14 4:41pm

Kung fu goes steampunk in Tai Chi Zero, a masterpiece of escapist fantasy

Tai Chi Zero is one of those movies that you can't believe exists until you actually plunk down in the movie theater and watch it unfolding gloriously and weirdly before your eyes. It's a historical kung fu movie mashed up with an action-packed video game, and then jammed inside a giant steampunk explosion. With… »10/19/12 1:37pm10/19/12 1:37pm

Check out this trailer for Tai Chi Zero, the best kung fu steampunk slapstick movie ever!

Stephen Fung directed Tai Chi Zero, the tale of a slightly goofy but magically gifted martial artist — and his quest to learn the elusive Chen style of kung fu. When he arrives at Chen Village, however, our hero discovers he has to fight to earn the Master's respect. And this is going to involve hacking a giant… »10/17/12 8:41pm10/17/12 8:41pm

Webcomic Pang, the Wandering Shaolin Monk kicks kung fu and comedy into the aftermath of the Ming Dynasty

Shi Long Pang is an unlikely Shaolin monk, and if he's not careful, he's going to be a dead Shaolin monk. After escaping the burning of his temple, this pudgy little holy man is wandering Yunnan province looking for the lost members of his order. But he'll have to make sure the Qing Emperor's bannermen don't find him… »9/08/12 11:30am9/08/12 11:30am

Which is the deadlier kung fu style: the land canoe or human go-kart?

In this unheralded scene from director Chao Chung-Hsing 1985 flick Drunken Dragon, the villainous Master of Doom (and one of his candle-headed henchmen) attempt to steal a precious sword. The artifact is guarded by a virtuous monk who battles in what can only be described as a "land canoe." Unfortunately for our… »2/21/12 1:50pm2/21/12 1:50pm

How does one cross a paper bridge above a pit of snakes? NOT LIKE THIS.

Who wants another kung-fu brain explosion fiesta? In this scene from the 1982 Hong Kong action flick The Miracle Fighters, two wizards attempt to conquer the delicate Paper Bridge using their respective mind-shriveling styles. It goes poorly for everyone, except the audience. This scene comes to us courtesy of… »12/31/11 2:30pm12/31/11 2:30pm

Porcupine armor and watermelon monsters: the most psychotic scenes from Taoism Drunkard

When it comes to my favorite things on the internet, Mr. Sardonicus' YouTube channel — which is chock full of the most synapse-melting scenes from martial arts cinema — is pretty far up there. Mr. Sardonicus recently picked out his two favorite battles from director Cheung-Yan Yuen's 1984 opus Gui ma tian shi, which… »12/18/11 7:25pm12/18/11 7:25pm

Was this insane kung fu battle the inspiration for Dhalsim from Street Fighter?

In the 1976 Chinese kung fu flick Master of the Flying Guillotine (which incidentally had a krautrock soundtrack), the protagonist — the One-Armed Boxer — squares off against Yoga Tro La Seng, a yoga master with the power to stretch out his limbs ridiculously. Yoga Tro La Seng also throws a bird at our hero, but… »12/05/11 11:50am12/05/11 11:50am