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Cinemania: best martial arts movies

Posted by Peter Keough  August 15, 2013 07:17 PM

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Not long ago, some looked down on martial arts movies as mindless mayhem for the masses. But when Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” won four Oscars in 2000, and respected auteurs like Zhang Yimou and Wong Kar Wai (whose “The Grandmaster” opens on August 30)

dabbled in the genre, it gained respectability. As a celebration of physical grace and cinematic exuberance, it bears comparison with the musical, though with more snapped limbs and shattered larynxes.
What are your favorite martial arts movies? Put your choices in the comments section or send them to me at petervkeough@gmail.com by August 19. We’ll be running the five best on August 25.

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