films The Best '50s Martial Arts & Kung Fu Movies

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The greatest ‘50s kung fu and other martial arts movies are a diverse group of films from all over Asia. Production companies in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan made influential and well-regarded movies full of epic battles, devastating betrayals, and beautiful fight sequences.


So what are the top ‘50s kung fu and other martial arts movies? In the 1950s, the Hong Kong film industry had not yet reached the levels of sophistication it would go on to achieve in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Many martial arts films of the ‘50s told the story of Huang Fei Hong, a popular Chinese folk hero and martial arts master. This character practically dominated the box office, appearing in countless films of the decade.

Japan also began to produce some of the best ‘50s kung fu and other martial arts movies. One director is responsible for a great many of these classic titles: Akira Kurosawa. Kurosawa directed
Seven Samurai (the film that inspired the classic western, The Magnificent Seven), The Hidden Fortress, and Rashomon.


On this list, you’ll also find Bruce Lee’s first starring role as a 10 year-old boy in
The Kid. Lee would go on to appear in many of the best ‘70s kung fu movies. Vote up the best martial arts films of the '50s, and let us know what you think in the comment section!

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Seven Samurai Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura Eijirō Tōno

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The Hidden Fortress Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura Makatari Fujiwara

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Rashomon Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura Machiko Kyō

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Tiger from Tjampa is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '50s Martial Arts & Kung Fu Movies
Tiger from Tjampa Wahid Chan, Nurnaningsih RD Ismail

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The Kid is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '50s Martial Arts & Kung Fu Movies
The Kid Bruce Lee, Feng Feng Lee Hoi-chuen

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Pendekar Bujang Lapok is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '50s Martial Arts & Kung Fu Movies
Pendekar Bujang Lapok P. Ramlee, Aziz Sattar S. Shamsuddin

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Rickshaw Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '50s Martial Arts & Kung Fu Movies
Rickshaw Man Toshiro Mifune, Chishū Ryū Nobuo Nakamura

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Huang Fei Hong Vied for the Fi... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '50s Martial Arts & Kung Fu Movies

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Samurai Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '50s Martial Arts & Kung Fu Movies
Samurai Vendetta Shintaro Katsu, Ichikawa Raizō VIII Saburo Date

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The Five Heroes’ Deadly Spears is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '50s Martial Arts & Kung Fu Movies

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The Boxer of Nanhai is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '50s Martial Arts & Kung Fu Movies

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The Silver World of Stardom is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '50s Martial Arts & Kung Fu Movies

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Kung Pow! Enter the Fist Steve Oedekerk, Philip Kwok Lau Kar-wing

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Heroine of Deadly Darts is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '50s Martial Arts & Kung Fu Movies

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How Shaolin Monastery was Redu... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '50s Martial Arts & Kung Fu Movies

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How Huang Fei Hong Vanquished ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '50s Martial Arts & Kung Fu Movies