Top 10 Movie Fight Scenes

>>CineFix Host: Say what you
will about action movies but there is something special about two
people trying to beat the [BLEEP] out of each other on screen. These are the top ten fight scenes of all time.>>[MUSIC]>>Trinity: Run Neo, run.>>[MUSIC]>>Trinity: What is he doing?>>Morpheus: He’s beginning to believe.>>CineFix Host: Starting us off at
number ten, the original Matrix. While you gotta love the Trinity fight,
and Morpheus’ Kung Fu lesson, nothing can quite beat the subway
standoff between Agent Smith and Neo.>From bullet time gunplay,
to knockout kung-fu brawling, this fight blended sci-fi special
effects with hand to hand choreography. To create an action format that
Hollywood had never seen before.>>Agent Smith: You’re empty.>>Neo: So are you.>>CineFix Host: And while the Wachowskis
deserved big praise for The Matrix, the credit for the fight scenes rightfully
belongs with a man named Yuen Woo-Ping. Known by his work if not his name, Yuen is one of the most influential
figures in Hong Kong action cinema. He’s helped launch the careers of greats
like Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Donnie Yen. And revolutionized action choreography
in both Hong Kong and Hollywood.>>[MUSIC]>>CineFix Host: When you
think of boxing scenes, it’s probably the iconic final bout
of Rocky that first comes to mind. And don’t get us wrong, the fighting in Rocky was awesome, in all
four original Rocky’s and Rocky Balboa. We don’t talk about Rocky V. But for our number nine slot,
we got to hand it to Raging Bull. Scorsese’s masterpiece portrait of boxer
Jake Lamotta gave us artful fight poems, more expressionistic and
subjective than real. But nothing hits quite as hard as
the final Sugar Ray Robinson fight. Scorsese reacted against the spectator
point of view cinematography of boxing films like Rocky,
by putting his camera in the ring. Choreographing cinematographer
Michael Chapman like a third fighter. As for De Niro,
he trained with the actual Jake LaMotta. Putting in months of work and
thousands of sparring rounds. He fought in three actual Brooklyn
boxing matches, two of which he won. LaMotta even told De Niro, he was even
good enough to make a career of it. Fortunately, for
us he stuck with acting, but not before treating us to one of the most
brutal boxing scenes of all time.>>[SOUND]
>>Boxing Announcer: [INAUDIBLE] his shot, how he can survive, nobody knows.>>CineFix Host: If you paid any
attention to action films recently, you may have noticed a trend for greedy, brutally real fight scenes
coming from places other than Hong Kong. Most recently The Raid, turned Americans on to the insanity
coming out of Indonesia. And left us with a final fight
between the brothers and Mad Dog that had us fooled for
the real thing. But our number eight looks back a little
further to another gritty final fight, with Ong Bak.>>[MUSIC]>>CineFix Host: The crazy
mix of acrobatics and martial arts electrified audiences. And introduce the world to action star
Tony Jaa, choreographer Prachya Pinkaew, and the art of Muay Thai itself. Tony Jaa’s, Muay Thai is all elbows and
knees, but in the best way possible. As he and his team completely avoided
wires and effects for his fights. And it all leads up to a full throttle
conclusion that see’s Jaa prove once and for all that, there’s more to
the martial arts than Kung Fu.>>[SOUND] [MUSIC]>>CineFix Host: Next up we’re
looking at Jason Bourne. And while he’s got some
killer moves in Identity and Supremacy, our number seven goes to his
fight with Dash, in The Bourne Ultimatum. You know any fight that keeps up its
intensity without any music is going to be vicious. And Jeff Imada is the man to thank for
this one. Choreographing it with
a combination of Filipino Kali and Jeet Kune Do,
Bruce Lee’s martial arts invention, that Imada learned from
train with Lee on Brandon. But it’s the ruthless efficiency and practical use of props that
makes this scene great. And while some people have
criticized the fight for relying too heavily on shaky cam, it only
takes one quick look behind the scenes to realize that these actors
are hardly taking it easy.>>CineFix Host: Love it or hate it
wire fu is one of the most dividing subjects when it comes to fight scenes,
and when it’s bad it’s awful. But when it’s used to elevate brilliant
martial artists instead of substituting for them, it can be absolutely incredible. The pole fight from Iron Monkey, the
bamboo fight from House of Flying Daggers, but what better martial artist
to elevate than Jet Li in Hero. If you haven’t seen Hero, is Hong Kong’s
biggest budget film to date, and for good reason. Each set piece fight is a story told
between Jet Lee’s nameless and the King. Each story with it’s own
eye candy color scheme. There’s red, yellow, blue, green, white. But our number six goes to the gray fight.>>Speaker 7: [FOREIGN]>>[SOUND]>>CineFix Host: Director Yimou Zhang and choreographer Ching Siu-tung bring us
one of the most incredible examples of weapon work ever shot on film. The only catch is that the entire
fight takes place inside their minds. The two fighters battle viciously
with sword and spear back and forth, vying meditatively for
the upper hand. But when the music stops, the imagined fight resolves itself
in just one fateful strike.>>[NOISE]
>>Speaker 8: Aah!>>CineFix Host: Next up,
at number five, Kill Bill. While Volume 2 has a great fight
between the Bride and Elle Driver, we’ve gotta hand it to the slaughter
that is the Crazy 88 battle in Volume 1. Although an honorable mention goes to the
Gogo Yubari fight immediately before it. Tarantino’s loving send up of the 70s
Kung Fu flick is all kinds of awesome and the Crazy 88 fight is campy
in all the best ways.>From the eye pluck,
to the sound as they run up the stairs, to the very notion of the Bride
fighting so many bad guys at once. But the fighting itself is top notch and that’s thanks again to Yuen Woo-Ping’s
world class choreography. If you notice the glaring absence in our
list of incredible wuxia wire fu mentions, it’s probably because we
picked it as our number four. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The one hundred foot high
bamboo fight is gorgeous, but the face off that lead up to it,
is even better. Moving from Kill Bill’s one kick
ass chick to two others, and a another entry from legendary
choreographer Yuen Woo-Ping, we’ve gotta be talking about the fight
between Ziyi Zhang and Michelle Yeoh. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon saw Ang Lee bring wuxia
action to the Hollywood mainstream. Breaking records for foreign film
earnings, foreign film Oscar nominations, and the only martial arts film to
ever be nominated for Best Picture. And watching this fight scene,
it’s not hard to see why. Michelle Yeoh throws everything she has at
Ziyi Zhang and her Green Destiny sword, which cuts down Yeoh’s attempts and every
weapon imaginable in rapid succession. But ultimately, Yeoh’s superior
abilities overcome Zhang’s Weapons, leaving us with one of the best
wuxia fights of all time.>>[SOUND] [MUSIC]>>CineFix Host: Counting down our top
three, there’s only room left for legends. And while you probably have some good
guesses, our number three goes to a legendary fighter who isn’t so
well known in America. We’re talking about Donnie Yen. If you know him it’s probably from
Ip Man where he beats on fellow masters, northern challengers, Japanese generals,
and even ten black belts at a time. Or you might know him as Jet Li’s
opponent from our previously mentioned number six best fight ever hero. Or their other incredible face off
in Once Upon A Time In China 2. You could remember him from
his work in Iron Monkey. Or his turn as a villain
in Shanghai Knights. And you might even recognize him
from a small role in Blade 2. But you probably haven’t seen
the incredible work he does in his breakout film, Killzone SPL. The final fight sees him and his mix
martial arts style squaring off against Hong Kong action choreography
legend Sammo Hung. But that’s not our pick either. Our pick goes to the fight
right before it, between Yen and Wu Jing,
that Yen both fought in and choreographed. Many fights on this list took days or
even weeks to stage and shoot, not including the weeks or months it might
have taken to learn the choreography. But this fight from SPL was filmed in only
one night and was largely improvised. Intimately familiar with each others
fighting styles, having trained in martial arts together, the two competed on
set over who could hit the other first. With Yin allegedly breaking three of
his batons over Wu Jing’s forearms. The result is a fight that doesn’t
just look like a string of impressive dance moves, but
two fighters sizing each other up. Working hard and reacting,
leading to one of the most kinetic and dangerous flurries of action
ever captured on screen.>>[NOISE]
>>Speaker 9: What the?>>CineFix Host: With two spots
left at least one of them has to go to Jackie Chan. Now we could fill this entire top
ten with Jackie Chan fights and still feel like we’ve left some out, but
for our number two there can be only one. But how to choose. There’s the early Jackie Chan,
just discovering his new brand of action comedy, as choreographed by Yuen Woo-ping,
like Drunken Master. Or the brutal one-on-one
duel staged by Sammo Hung, in movies like Wheels On Meals and
Dragons Forever. Of course, Chan is best known for his
invented use of props with his stunt team, like in the ladder fight
from First Strike, or the warehouse fight from
Rumble in the Bronx. But our number two goes to
the final factory fight from Jackie Chan’s masterpiece,
The Legend of the Drunken Master.>>[SOUND]
>>Wong Fei-hung: What the hell is that?>>Speaker 11: What does it mean
when there’s a picture of a skull?>>Wong Fei-hung: Good stuff!>>[MUSIC]>>CineFix Host: The fight goes on for
over ten minutes, and includes Jackie’s signature comedy
fighting, ridiculous use of flaming props, and most hilariously,
his drunken boxing style. Which sees him gaining strength from
booze like some kind of alcoholic Popeye. This scene was choreographed and
directed by Jackie himself, after firing another legendary choreographer
Lau Kar-leung, for being too traditional. And we’re kinda glad he did, because this fight stands as the most
iconic fight in the career of hundreds, thanks to Jackie’s incredible skills and
limitless creativity.>>[SOUND]
>>Lee: You have offended my family and
you have offended a Shaolin temple.>>CineFix Host: And finally, at number
one, who else could we pick but Bruce Lee? Without the master himself,
we probably wouldn’t even have this list. Bruce Lee is responsible not only for originally introducing Hong Kong action
movies to American audiences, but for elevating the style to a new
level in inspiring today’s greats. He took on a whole dojo in Fist of Fury,
fought Kareem Abdul Jabbar in Game of Death, and
even Chuck Norris in Way of the Dragon. But our number one is Bruce Lee’s fight
against every Hong Kong kung fu extra ever, in Enter the Dragon.>>[SOUND]
>>CineFix Host: Not only is this fight a perfect example of
Bruce Lee’s landmark kicking, his nunchuck skills, and
his ridiculously ripped abs, but it’s also one of
Jackie Chan’s earliest roles. And well Lee’s choreography
certainly isn’t as intricate or as polished as his successors, there’s a
trademark lethality to his every move that makes them look like they
could actually kill you. And they probably could. Lee is famous for knocking over men
twice his size with a one-inch punch, fighting any person on set who would
walk up to him with a challenge, and inventing his own martial art. He’s truly one of the greatest artist
martial artists of all time, and we have him to thank for a tradition
of incredibly talented fighters kicking the crap out of each other for
our entertainment.>>[NOISE]
>>CineFix Host: So what do you think? What are some of your favorite
fights that we left out? Did you think some of our picks
were less than impressive? Let us know in the comments below, and subscribe to Cinefix for
more IndieWire movie list.>>[MUSIC]


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