Loved ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’? Then You Will Definitely Love These 9 Movies!

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Loved ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’? Watch These 9 Movies

Enter the Dragon (1973)

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It’s a commonly known fact that ‘Shang-Chi’ is one the most potent characters who belong to the universe of Marvel Comics. He mainly was adapted from the ultimate master of martial arts, Bruce Lee. Thus, it’s only fair that we start our list with one of his classics named ‘Enter the Dragon.’  

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The movie plot revolves around our protagonist Lee, a Shaolin martial artist working in cooperation with British Intelligence. The collaboration is an undercover mission to bring down the antagonist Han, who is involved in the sex trade and drug trafficking. As expected, you will come across a series of brilliantly choreographed fighting and action sequences of the 70’s era.  

Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993)

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If we talk about the martial arts God ‘Bruce Lee,’ how can we forget to mention his own story? Therefore, coming up on number second, we have inserted the fictional biography of Bruce Lee for you to witness his motivating journey. The plot begins with Bruce Lee’s father (Rob Cohen) asking him to shift to the United States and build his career. Lee accepts the challenge and starts as a dishwasher in America. With the progression, the movie displays the various events of his life, such as his Hollywood journey, his relations with Linda Lee, and the racist bullying he had to face to attain his success. 

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

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It will be easy to justify why we have listed this movie when we say that this particular classic was successfully nominated for 10 academy awards. Some of the categories were the best picture and best director. Going on further, the film also became victorious by winning the most prestigious award out of all, the Oscar. 

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With a vast range of emotions being displayed, such as romance, determination, or elements of poetry, the movie is a captivating masterpiece to watch. The plot is weaved around the tragic love story of Warrior Li (Chow Yun Fat) and Yu Shein Lien (Michelle Yeoh), suppressed under their greater responsibilities of protecting a sword named Green Destiny. However, when the sword that was supposed to pass on to a character named Sir Te is stolen, Li decides to go for its quest. The movie also entails an intriguing action encounter between Michelle Yeoh and Wuxia queen Ziyi Zhang.

House of Flying Daggers (2004)

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As we previously discussed, the Wuxia Queen Ziyi Zhang this movie is one of her most entertaining classics. The audience gets to witness a police captain helping a dancer of a rebel group escape from prison to regain her interaction and bond with her fellow members. However, the captain turns to be taking advantage of the free prisoner to search for the new leader of the organization. This movie was also nominated for Oscars for its brilliant cinematography and capturing of fight scenes.

Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

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Before disclosingh more details, we would like to remind you of an observation that there was a ‘Kung-Fu Hustle’ poster present in Shang-Chi’s apartment garage. This little reference directly points to the fact that the latest production from Marvel was in some ways inspired by this movie. 

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Maybe not all, but a particular section of the population will decipher the reason behind the inspiration. Kung-Fu Hustle is not strictly focused on the action. Additional elements are included to make the story more enjoyable, such as comedy, martial arts, and lore. The plot showcases the story of an aspiring gangster faking to be a part of a dangerous gang. He attempts to terrorize the neighborhood. But the scheme backfires when he realizes there are three martial art experts ready to bring him down.

The ‘Ip Man’ movie series (2008-2019)

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The movie series is adapted from the life events of a Wing Chun master of the same name. Donnie Yen is playing the lead role of IP man, an expert in martial arts, and the ultimate grandmaster of Wing Chun. IP man progressed further by teaching martial arts to a large number of students. He is the master behind the gems like ‘Bruce Lee.’ The series is a Hong Kong franchise. There are four movies in the franchise which are:

  • Ip Man (2008)
  • Ip Man 2 (2010)
  • Ip Man 3 (2015)
  • (Spin-off) Master Z: IP Man Legacy  
  • IP Man 4: The Finale

The Grandmaster (2013)

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The IP Man series is not all that the audience can learn about the life of IP Man. ‘The Grandmaster’ is another story that carries forward the Ip Man legacy. However, this time it is in a different direction. In this story, Ip Man’s life is threatened after being selected by the southern masters for their representation before Gong Yuan. Ip Man is ordered to eliminate Gong Yuan. 

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An advanced stylization is included in this movie. The cinematography was again nominated for the Oscar, along with the costume designs. Another star from ‘Shang-Chi,’ Tony Leung, who was the father of Shang-Chi ‘Wenwu’ in the story, plays the role of legendary IP Man in this movie.   

All Hail the King (2014)

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The list is naming one after another action film that mainly belongs to the Wuxia category. However, ‘All Hail the King’ is different from the league by being a One-Shot film that delivers the audience a spectacular story. The movie begins with a documentary filmmaker (Scoot McNairy) interviewing “Mandarin” impersonator Trevor Slattery (Ben Kingsley).

He attempts to uncover Trevor’s secrets from the past so that the truth behind the existence of the Ten Rings could come out. The audience gets an insight into how Trevor had escaped prison and ended up in Wenwu’s compound. This plotline provides a back-story for the character of ‘Shang-Chi.’ The reason is pretty much enough to compel the audience to give this one-shot a shot.

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Shadow (2018)

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Last but not least, we would like to end our recommendation with another Wuxia movie. The movie revolves around the ancient, mysterious Chinese court. ‘Shadow’ falls under the category of one more highly stylized film from the Chinese Industry. The cinematography is shot in mesmerizing tones of black and white. And how can we forget the exemplary action sequences?

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