Martial Arts Movies


"What I do have are a very particular set of skills. Skills that
I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a
nightmare for people like you."  -Liam Neeson in Taken, 2008





Japanese and Samurai Movies


Akira Kurosawa, Director

Sugata Sanshiro (1965/ 1943)
Aka Judo Saga, aka Sanshiro Sugata (USA)



The Seven Samurai


Film clip from The Seven Samurai. The swordsman attacking
from the left did not accept his defeat with bokken,
and insisted on this contest with live blades.


Trailer for The Seven Samurai.


Musashi Trilogy 


The Last Samurai 


Twilight Samurai
A very good movie.


Discussion of Twilight Samurai. I guy named Richard
from the Orem Public Library makes an appearance.





Chinese Martial Arts Movies


Iron Monkey


Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon




Bruce Lee
Fists of Fury (1971)

Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
Starring Jason Scott Lee


Top 10 Chinese Martial Arts Movies on







Bad Day at Black Rock
Spencer Tracy introduces the judo chop.


Star Wars series
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Sir Alec Guiness) is George Lucas's version of the Japanese sword master.


The Karate Kid
Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita).


One of the best portrayals of a teacher in martial arts movie.



Fist Full of Dollars
Spaghetti western directed by Sergio Leone; starring Clint Eastwood. Based on Kurosawa's Yojimbo. Not a martial arts movie, but we had to get Clint Eastwood in here somewhere.


The Magnificent Seven
Based on Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai.

Kurosawa himself borrowed source material from the west. Shakespeare's King Lear became Ran, and Macbeth, Kurosawa's Throne of Blood.


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Steven Seagal video clips


Jason Bourne series, starring Mat Damon
The Bourne Identity (2002)
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)


Taken (2008)
Starring Liam Neeson. The action is comparable to the Jason Bourne movies. Even more satisfying to watch Liam Neeson's character handle bad guys.





Utah County Movie Resources


BYU International Cinema
Japanese films shown every semester at Brigham Young University in Provo. And they are free.


Orem, Utah Public Library
Excellent collection of international videos and DVD’s, including martial arts movies by Akira Kurosawa and others.





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