Sunday, March 20, 2011

March Movie Badass Madness - Kung Fu Showdown

When Forbidden Kingdom was released it gave the fanboys a glimpse at on of the fights we've all wanted to see, Jet Li and Jackie Chan. Sure the fight the two had was full of fancy wire work, and the movie was all about the two of them training a young boy a la A Kid in King Arthur's Court... Take a look at the fight on youtube. Let's go through the stats...

Jet Li
Fearless - 73
Hero - 95
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor - 13
Romeo Must Die - 32
Kiss of the Dragon - 51
Fist of Legend - 100
Once Upon a Time in China - 88
Lethal Weapon 4 - 55
Unleashed - 65
The One - 14
score out of 1000 - 586 58.6%

Jackie Chan
The Karate Kid -66
Who Am I? - 63
Project A - 82
Shanghai Noon - 79
Rush Hour - 62
Police Story - 83
The Legend of Drunken Master - 83
Kung Fu Panda - 88
The Spy Next Door - 13
The Medallion - 18
score out of 1000 - 637 63.7%

Both Jackie Chan and Jet Li had amazing movie careers in China, including modern day classics like the Once Upon a Time in China trilogy for Jet and the series of Police Story movie Jackie starred in.Jet Li starred in epic fare like Hero and Jackie Chan created fluid stunt sequences in Project A and Drunken Master. The reason Jackie Chan wins the matchup has to do with more the movies they both have done here in the states. Jet Li has done some entertaining American movies, debuting in Lethal Weapon 4 and appearing in kung-fu/hip-hop crossovers like Romeo Must Die, War and Kiss of the Dragon. Jackie Chan appeared in multiple well received movies, including the incredibly successful Rush Hour films and the Shanghai Noon/Knights movies.

Winner of the Matchup: Jackie Chan

To me this is like the unstoppable force vs the immovable object. A real fight between the two would be so insane thing to behold. I wouldn't want to see a winner, but if I had to choose between the two based purely on fighting style I'd pick Jet. I picked Jackie based on some of the punishment he's taken for his craft over the years, youtube some of the videos of the outtakes on his movies and you'll see why he's so badass.

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