10 classic martial arts movies anime fans should check out
When the anime wanted it, Naruto contained excellent martial arts. Any fight with Rock Lee or Might Guy displayed excellent taijutsu, and it wasn’t just them. Many of the previous fights were less focused on massive abilities, reminiscent of the days of classic kung fu movies. There is no doubt that martial artists like Bruce Lee or Jet Li would be masters of taijutsu.
They each have a few movies that Naruto fans would appreciate it, and they’re not the only ones. There are several movies from the 80s and 90s that deal with many of the same topics as Naruto Is.
ten The Flying Guillotine Master uses strategy the same way Naruto Part 1 did
Master of the Flying Guillotine is the continuation of One-arm boxer, a film which follows without surprise a boxer who has only one arm. That alone tells you that the combat will be more tactical than some other martial arts movies. This fact is made even more evident when the assassin sent to kill the boxer is blind.
It sets up a battle over who can get ahead of whom rather than a typical brawl of who is the strongest warrior. The way the boxer deals with the blind assassin’s flying guillotine is something straight out of the Naruto playbook.
9 Drunken Master is centered around a character who is a mashup of Jiraiya and Rock Lee
Unlike most martial arts films of this era, Drunken Master is humorous, and given that the lead actor is Jackie Chan, it’s not hard to see why. Chan has always been a master of both humor and martial arts, mixing the two to create unforgettable films.
In Drunken Master, Chan plays Wong Fei-Hung, a man who is a mix of Rock Lee and Jiraiya. While fighting, he has the prowess of a Lee but has the personality of the wise pervert.
8 Five Deadly Venoms uses abilities that are no different from what is seen in Naruto
Classic martial arts movies weren’t often the type that used superhuman abilities. Most remain more anchored in reality. Five deadly venoms is one of the exceptions to this rule, having five masters who had distinctive abilities at their disposal.
One of the masters can use gravity to his advantage, letting him walk and stand on the walls. Another is numb to pain everywhere, except for the only weak spot in his body. The fact that each of them has a weakness is reminiscent of part 1 of Naruto as well as.
7 Enter the dragon is similar in the plot to the Chunin exams
As Bruce Lee’s latest film, it’s adored by any martial arts fan and for more reasons than his death. It’s a legitimately awesome movie and arguably its best. The plot is also somewhat similar to the Chunin Reviews in the sense that fighters from all over the world take part in a massive tournament.
The stakes are a bit different, but it provides equally intense action, all leading up to Lee’s final battle with O’Hara, the man responsible for her sister’s death.
6 Way of the Dragon has a final battle any Taijutsu fan would love
Path of the dragon It might not be Bruce Lee’s most notable film, but it might be his most complete. The movie showed it had comedic chops, inserting more humor into it than usual. It didn’t hurt the most intense moments either, as his final battle with Colt is just fantastic.
Lee and Chuck Norris were both masters of their craft, putting on a screen that would only have been seen in Naruto, had fought Rock Lee and Might Guy.
5 Fist Of Fury has the same sense of national pride as many in Konoha
Nationalism has never been a major theme Naruto, but he was still present in Konoha and other nations. Everyone, except maybe the Hidden Mist, was proud of where he came from. This sense of pride is rampant in Fist of fury, one of Bruce Lee’s first.
The entire plot is Chen Zhen defending China’s honor against Japan, until the very end, where it is strongly implied that he is dying. This sacrifice is similar to what Naruto himself was ready to do in the series.
4 Fist Of Legend follows a hero ready to do anything for his nation
As a remake of Fist of fury, Fist of legend follows a similar story but makes some diversions in the plot. Most importantly, rather than having Chen Zhen die at the end of the film, they stage his death, allowing him to escape.
It’s a brighter ending that’s more in line with what Naruto would do. Jet Li is also able to give a deeper performance than Bruce Lee in the movie, making you feel the plight of the characters more.
3 Once upon a time in China, the beautiful cinematography expected of a Taijutsu fight
It’s difficult for a live fight to match the movements of the animation in both speed and how smooth they are, but Once upon a time in china approximate. The action doesn’t have a hectic pace, however, when the fights do occur, they are pretty mind-blowing.
There’s a reason it’s one of the movies that helped propel Jet Li to stardom. It helped show off his flawless style while telling the story of unwanted US expansion into China.
2 Karate Kid is a story of growing up, just like Naruto
Some may laugh or laugh at the Karate kid considered a classic of martial arts, but it is, without a doubt. While the sequels leave a lot to be desired, the original is nearly perfect.
The action won’t be as breathtaking as something from Jet Li or Bruce Lee, but it makes up for that in the story. The journey isn’t that different from what Naruto goes through in Part 1. He is looked after by two masters, each helping him to grow and come of age.
1 Hero is a more modern film that follows a character similar to Sasuke
Considering hero came out almost twenty years ago, it’s been around long enough to be considered a classic and it’s one of Jet Li’s best movies. The story is simply gripping as it follows Nameless, an assassin who begins the film ready to assassinate the king.
As the film progresses, it learns that China should be unified as one rather than broken up. He cancels the assassination and is voluntarily executed. It’s a story that fits Sasuke’s need for revenge a lot.
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