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The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies

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The best 2000s kung fun and martial arts movies are a diverse mix of Hollywood blockbusters and cult hits from across the globe. Some of them were filmed in the United States or Europe, while others were filmed more traditionally in Asia. The common thread uniting all of them are the kickass action sequences that will inspire you to try a few martial arts moves of your own!


In the below list of the best '00s kung fu films, you’ll find venerated franchises like
Kill Bill and The Matrix. Uma Thurman and Keanu Reeves use tried-and-true kung fu moves on their enemies, leaving scores of foes in their wake as they go on to save the day and seek vengeance. Also on this list, you'll find a healthy dose of comedy martial arts, in titles like The Foot Fist Way (starring Danny McBride) and Kung Fu Panda (voiced by Jack Black).


When considering the best kung fu movies, you can't forget to leave out the classics that paved the way for the rest of these iconic films.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon became a sleeper hit, garnering numerous awards and accolades for its fight sequences and compelling story.

Vote up the best kung fu flicks from the 2000s, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section!  
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    Ip Man
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    Ip Man

    Donnie Yen, Simon Yam

    Released2008

    Directed byWilson Yip

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    The Protector
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    The Protector

    Nathan Jones, Tatchakorn Yeerum

    Released2005

    Directed byPrachya Pinkaew

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    The Forbidden Kingdom
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    The Forbidden Kingdom

    Jackie Chan, Jet Li

    Released2008

    Directed byRob Minkoff

    The Forbidden Kingdom is a 2008 Chinese-American martial arts film written by John Fusco, and... more on Wikipedia
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    Fearless
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    Fearless

    Michelle Yeoh, Jet Li

    Released2006

    Directed byRonny Yu

    Fearless, also known as Huo Yuanjia in Chinese, and as Jet Li's Fearless in the United Kingdom... more on Wikipedia
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    Hero
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    Hero

    Zhang Ziyi, Jet Li

    Released2002

    Directed byZhang Yimou

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    Kung Fu Hustle
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    Kung Fu Hustle

    Stephen Chow, Yuen Wah

    Released2005

    Directed byStephen Chow

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    Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior
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    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
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    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh

    Released2000

    Directed byAng Lee

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    House of Flying Daggers
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    House of Flying Daggers

    Zhang Ziyi, Andy Lau

    Released2004

    Directed byZhang Yimou

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    The Matrix Reloaded
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    The Matrix Reloaded

    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves

    Released2003

    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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    Delete
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    Delete

    Seth Rogen, David Cross

    Directed byJennifer Yuh Nelson

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    The Twilight Samurai
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    The Twilight Samurai

    Hiroyuki Sanada, Rie Miyazawa

    Released2002

    Directed byYoji Yamada

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    Shaolin Soccer
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    Shaolin Soccer

    Stephen Chow, Zhao Wei

    Released2001

    Directed byStephen Chow

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    The Matrix Revolutions
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    The Matrix Revolutions

    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves

    Released2003

    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

    The Matrix Revolutions is a 2003 American science fiction action film and the third... more on Wikipedia
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    The Grandmaster
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    The Grandmaster

    Zhang Ziyi, Song Hye-kyo

    Released2013

    Directed byWong Kar-wai

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    Kill Bill Volume 1
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    Kill Bill Volume 1

    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu

    Released2003

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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    New Police Story
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    New Police Story

    Jackie Chan, Nicholas Tse

    Released2004

    Directed byBenny Chan

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    Ong Bak 2: The Beginning
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    Ong Bak 2: The Beginning

    Tatchakorn Yeerum, Mum Jokmok

    Released2008

    Directed byTatchakorn Yeerum, Panna Rittikrai

    Ong Bak 2: The Beginning is a 2008 Thai martial arts film co-directed by and starring Tony... more on Wikipedia
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    Kill Bill Volume 2
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    Kill Bill Volume 2

    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu

    Released2004

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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    The Foot Fist Way
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    The Foot Fist Way

    Danny McBride, Jody Hill

    Released2006

    Directed byJody Hill

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    Black Dynamite
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    Black Dynamite

    Richard Pryor, Arsenio Hall

    Released2009

    Directed byScott Sanders

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    District 13
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    District 13

    Dany Verissimo, Cyril Raffaelli

    Released2004

    Directed byPierre Morel

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    Chocolate
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    Chocolate

    JeeJa Yanin, Hiroshi Abe

    Released2008

    Directed byPrachya Pinkaew

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    Bulletproof Monk
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    Bulletproof Monk

    Jaime King, Seann William Scott

    Released2003

    Directed byPaul Hunter

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    Kiss of the Dragon
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    Kiss of the Dragon

    Bridget Fonda, Jet Li

    Released2001

    Directed byChris Nahon

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