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The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film

Updated April 27, 2019 499 votes 61 voters 1.2k views20 items

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While it's undeniable that kung fu movies are all about the action, the more depth there is behind the fighting, the more memorable the film. In fact, the best martial arts movies feature complicated characters that can do more than simply kick the crap out of someone or paralyze them with a single punch (though that's still pretty cool to watch).

Whether they're cunning, sarcastic, funny, or just plain cool, the best kung fu characters are always memorable enough to stick with you long after the film is over. Whether it's Neo learning to channel his inner warrior in The Matrix or Bruce Lee taking on a drug kingpin in Enter the Dragon, these warriors have what it takes to get the job done. Who’s your favorite kung fu fighter?

Vote up your favorite martial artist and see which character is the strongest of them all.

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    Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
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    Bruce Lee

    Enter the Dragon (1973)

    Played ByBruce Lee

    Lee is a fictional character from the 1973 film Enter the Dragon.
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    The Bride is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
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    The Bride

    Kill Bill Vol 1&2 (2003-2004)

    Played ByUma Thurman

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    Neo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
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    Neo

    The Matrix Trilogy (1999-2003)

    Played ByJimmy Fallon, Keanu Reeves

    Thomas Anderson is a fictional character from the 2003 film The Matrix Reloaded.

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    Po is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
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    Po

    Kung Fu Panda Holiday, Kung Fu Panda

    Played ByJack Black

    Po is a fictional character in the 2008 animated comedy Kung Fu Panda and its 2011 sequel Kung... more on Wikipedia
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    Aang is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
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    Aang

    The Last Airbender (2010)

    Played ByZach Tyler Eisen

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    Wong Fei-hung is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
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    Wong Fei-hung

    Legend of Drunken Master (1994)

    Played ByJet Li, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Alan Tam, Zhao Wenzhuo

    Wong Fei-hung is a fictional character from the film Drunken Master and Drunken Master II.
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    Bill is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
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    Bill

    Kill Bill Volume 2, Kill Bill Volume 1

    Played ByDavid Carradine

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    The One-Armed Swordsman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
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    The One-Armed Swordsman

    Famous character from various Shaw Brothers movies

    Played ByWang Yu

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    Chen Zhen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
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    Chen Zhen

    Fists of Fury, Fist of Legend
    Chen Zhen is a fictional character created by Hong Kong writer Ni Kuang. The character first... more on Wikipedia
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    Batman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
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    Batman

    The Dark Knight Trilogy
    Batman is a fictional character, an alternative version of the DC Comics mainstream... more on Wikipedia
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    Liu Kang is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
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    Liu Kang

    Mortal Kombat (1995)

    Played ByRobin Shou

    Liu Kang is a fictional character from the Mortal Kombat fighting game series from Midway... more on Wikipedia
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    Sub-Zero is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
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    Sub-Zero

    Mortal Kombat (1995)
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    Morpheus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
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    Morpheus

    The Matrix Trilogy (1999-2003)

    Played ByLaurence Fishburne

    Morpheus is a fictional character in the 2003 film The Matrix Revolutions.
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    Sing is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
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    Sing

    Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

    Played ByStephen Chow

    Sing is a fictional character from the 2004 film Kung Fu Hustle.
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    Cheng Chao-an is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
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    Cheng Chao-an

    The Big Boss (1971)

    Played ByBruce Lee

    Cheng Chao-an is a fictional character from the 1971 film The Big Boss, played by Bruce Lee.... more on Wikipedia
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    Wai Lin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
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    Wai Lin

    Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

    Played ByMichelle Yeoh

    Wai Lin is a fictional character in the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, in which she... more on Wikipedia
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    Zuko is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
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    Zuko

    The Last Airbender (2010)

    Played ByDante Basco

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    Kwai Chang Caine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
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    Kwai Chang Caine

    Kung Fu: The Movie (1986)

    Played ByDavid Carradine

    Kwai Chang Caine is a fictional character and the protagonist of the ABC 1972–1975... more on Wikipedia
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    Snake Plissken is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
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    Snake Plissken

    Escape from New York (1981)

    Played ByKurt Russell

    S.D. Bob "Snake" Plissken is a fictional character from the films Escape from New York and... more on Wikipedia
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    John Shaft is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
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    John Shaft

    Shaft (1971)

    Played BySamuel L. Jackson

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