Wing Chun

1994

Starring: Michelle Yeoh, Donnie Yen

Asia’s top action actress Michelle Yeoh plays martial-arts legend Yip Wing Chun (the lone female Shaolin Temple student, who created her own style of kung fu) in this farcical action comedy. In their village, Wing Chun and her Auntie Abacus (King Dan Yuen) make a formidable team. Abacus is a shrewd and sharp-tongued businesswoman while Wing Chun (who developed her martial-arts skills to be less attractive to men) is known as a topnotch fighter.

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Drunken Master

1978

Starring: Jackie Chan, Siu Tien Yuen

Though it wasn’t Jackie Chan’s first film, Drunken Master is the film that cemented his stardom. Jackie plays the rebellious son of a kung fu master. To teach Jackie the value of discipline, his father apprentices him to another master named So Hi, who has a unique “drunken” fighting style.

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

2000

Starring: Chang Chen, Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh

This Ang Lee film is scripted in Cantonese and Mandarin and set in the China of the early nineteenth century, although we could be watching a fable from any time in the last millennium, or from no time at all. Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh), is given a sword by Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun Fat), for safekeeping.

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Iron Monkey

1993 (In Mandarin)

Starring: Rongguang Yu, Donnie Yen

With sensational, nonstop martial arts excitment supplied by the acclaimed choreopgraher of The Matrix and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Iron Monkey is the spirited tale of a mysterious and mythical Chinese legend.

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