One of the scenes left criminally unseen for so long as a result of the BBFC's spooked-out prejudice against the nunchaku.
Surrounded, Lee whips out two nunchaks and systematically demolishes the goons with a vicious series of precision whips and strikes - complete with comedy-swish and skull-clunk sound effects.
Mongolian Thug Meets His Match
Wing Chun Kung Fu, Hard Style Chinese Kung Fu
Very Western, this one - in the genre sense. A bad guy arrives in town, challenges the various schools and defeats all the masters.
Then he faces up to Donnie Yen's Yip Man, head of the Wing Chun Kung Fu school...
Bruce Lee learned his speed and close-up moves from the real-life Yip Man and this shows the insect-based system's unflashy but formidable potency.
A comically protracted but ferocious sequence that explains why Jet Li was so enthusiastically hailed as the new Bruce Lee.
It's a fabulous balance of hardcore martial-arts moves and innovative scenery-based choreography, underpinned by Li's shining, impish charisma.
Rocky vs Drago
Despite the movie's cartoonish reputation, the final clash between Rocky and Drago is an outstanding demonstration of boxing's peerless finesse and fury.
Stallone choreographed the fight and, feeling the scene demanded authenticity, he and Dolph Lundgren boxed for real for about 75% of the match. Most of those bruises are real...
Tae Kwon Do
Respect due to little-known Brit martial artist Gary Daniels, as he takes on
bad guy Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa in this lo-fi but crunching slapabout.
Keep an eye out for Daniels' brief role in
as a Brit who give Sly some sly assistance.
Despite its dancey, theatrical looks, Brazilian capoera is a well respected style based on raw athleticism.
Here, capoera master Marc Dacascos takes on a rival in a satisfyingly close clash that highlights the flowing, hard-to-predict techniques.
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Kickboxing (Jean-Claude Van Damme), Shotokan Karate (Bolo Yeung)
Enter The Dragon
's Bolo hams it up as yet another evil-but-effective bad-guy fighter.
But this is all about Van Damme.
is the movie that not only announced the arrival of, umm, The Muscles From Brussels, it also reinvented the martial-arts action-movie and is movie zero for real-world Mixed Martial Arts.
Look out for Van Damme's signature move - the 360 kick. Hard to miss, mind, given the multiple slo-mo treatment.
Hotel Room Dust-Up
Before martial arts had even worried the west, Frank Sinatra was showing his cheesily choreographed skillz in this clunky but landmark cine-scuffle.
Check that choppage!
Tony Jaa whips out gravity-defying triple-kicks and spins in the customary second-hardest fight before meeting the end-of-game boss.
He's connected, fast, agile, graceful - and all with no wires or editing tricks. Fantastic OTT multi-angle repeat money-shots, too.
Japanese Dojo Destruction
Jeet Kune Do
An imperious Lee strides into the rival Japanese dojo and offers a relentless hands-on demonstration of JKD's speed, power and flexibility.
Best is his takedown of the tubby instructor and his home crowd-pleasing insistence that "We Chinese are not sick!" - a reference to an earlier racial slur visited on the Chinese school.
Enter The Dragon Restaurant Homage
Jeet Kune Do
Brandon Lee's blistering tribute to his late father Bruce.
Lee and choreographer Jeff Imada expertly recreate the vibe of the underground guard-battle scene from
Enter The Dragon
, somehow hitting a note of poignancy amid the carnage.
Final Castle Confrontation
Chinese Opera Fighting (Jackie Chan), Kempo Karate & Kickboxing (Benny Urquidez)
A little more than the typical Jackie Chan comedy-fight. Both men are clearly enjoying showing off their skills in a theatrical but pacy and authentic battle.
The finale is a rapturous mix of funny and excruciating...
Scrap On The Stairs
Incredible fight choreography (quick, treacherous, brutal) that brought Bond back into the real world.
Technically difficult because of the location but the feel is thrillingly real-time as Craig hits all the marks and reinvents the character in Fleming's original image (as "a hard, ruthless killer").
Tang Soo Do Korean Karate (Chuck Norris), Kickboxing (Bill 'Superfoot' Wallace)
Norris and Wallace were the then-worldwide kings of their respective arts, and this is the finest karate vs kickboxing demonstration in movies.
These days, Mixed Martial Arts/UFC has muscled into the ring, but we prefer the more honourable, Street Fighter 2-ish notion of Style vs. Style.
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Grocery Store Battle
Seagal's prolific pap has turned him into a bit of a joke action-star, but he's a bona fide Aikido expert who overcame local cynicism and taught the discipline in its home country of Japan in the mid '80s.
Here, he shows the style's grace and fluidity with a carefully choreographed but technically flawless goon-smashing masterclass.
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Tony Jaa shows his theatrical Jackie Chan side by using an elephant to help him administer a sound shoeing to a few bemused thugs.
Technically breathtaking but with flair to spare.
The Pagoda: Fourth Level
Jeet Kune Do (Bruce Lee), Hap-Ki-Do (Ji Han Jae)
Lee, way ahead of his time as ever (at least a couple of decades before Mixed Martial Arts) finishes his unfinished masterpiece by squaring up to a group of opponents with wildly differing styles.
He bests Grandmaster Ji Han Jae's technically harsh Hap-Ki-Do moves by switching to Jeet Kune Do's Judo-influenced grappling - but not before showing respect to his opponent's style by taking more punishment than usual.
Warehouse Final Fight
Bare Knuckle Boxing
Charlie Bronson lays out a scarily authentic take on bare-knuckle brawling in hard, fast and unfashionably uncompromising style.
It's a joy to appreciate on-screen boxing without the now-familiar
-style in-the-ring shaky editing. Brutal and believable.
Battle With Han's Guards
Jeet Kune Do
Bruce Lee lays supercool, hyperfocused waste to a procession of luckless stuntmen (including a young Jackie Chan).
Sure, they politely attack one at a time, but it's a beautifully edited showcase of technique and intensity: just try to take your eyes off Lee as he lashes out surgical kicks and punches, improvises with weapons and pretty much invents the '80s action-movie idea of the one-man army.
Clash At The Colosseum
Jeet Kune Do (Bruce Lee), Tang Soo Do Korean Karate (Chuck Norris)
A clanging, gladiatorial contest between big, tough - and extremely hairy - Westerner and wiry but powerful Chinese.
It's a collision of two worlds and two fighting philosophies: Norris' modern twist on classical karate and Lee's own Jeet Kune Do - an eclectic but effective style grab-bag (timing, trapping, controlling distance, rhythm, surprise)...
Lee's direction shows some deft touches, too. Gotta love the frail stray kitten contrasted with the ferocity of the action.
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