There's a fantastic new action movie out this week called The Raid.

The fight scenes are brilliantly choreographed - what for you are the best examples in cinema?

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  • Comment number 227. Posted by Sala

    on 6 Jun 2012 20:39

    Rumble in the Bronx when Jackie busts into the punks' lair! Genius and funny and by far the best use of props in a fight sequence, and as far pre-planned choreography, chan has it almost every time. Ip-Man taking on ten guys also has that great sense of elegance and grace and yet it's a brutal punch up.

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  • Comment number 226. Posted by I_am_I

    on 27 May 2012 01:04

    The Transporter, Bourne Supremacy, Inception (fight in the corridor), some of Bruce Lee's early stuff, Enter the Dragon. Sorry, I don't get any of those Asian fighting films. All I think is, "nice wire-work" and little else.

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  • Comment number 225. Posted by SaTay

    on 27 May 2012 00:16

    Not really sure if this counts, but one fight scene that greatly impressed me was the scene in "Kung Fu Panda" where Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Monkey and Viper battle against Tai Lung.

    The scene was simply choreographed in a different manner since it was an animated film, but the fighting styles are so clearly paying homage to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and many other martial arts films.

    I would definitely include this scene as one of the greatest fight scenes in movie history (certainly the best in animated history).

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  • Comment number 224. Posted by Colonel Blink

    on 25 May 2012 23:02

    The film I know as "District 13" although it is probably called something else in French for the chase sequence at the beginning and the fight at the end. Unfortunately I have only ever been able to find a dubbed version of this film.

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  • Comment number 223. Posted by Skullimun

    on 25 May 2012 06:14

    Dear Dr.

    The scene where Big Daddy fights and blows up the timber warehouse in Kick Ass to that awesome score. The music makes that scene and the quick camera speed/editing changes give it rhythm and pace. Art.

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  • Comment number 222. Posted by physical_graffiti

    on 24 May 2012 23:30

    Mark, I'm surprised you didn't mention Jackie Chan. He's heavily influenced by musicals and did pastiche of Buster Keaton and Singing In The Rain in 'Project A' and 'Shanghai Knights'

    Best fight sequence? Far too many and they're liked for different reasons.

    Chuck Norris v Bruce Lee in 'Way Of The Dragon' - two heavyweights going toe to toe and an interesting conclusion (a bit of a spoiler - it doesn't end with a bang but a whimper).

    Jackie Chan/'Police Story' - finale impressively choreographed. Technically unimpressive in terms of use of martial arts skills but all the better for it. Arguably a more realistic use of martial arts in real life situation.

    Jackie Chan/'City Hunter' - another impressive finale. Choreography more akin to a musical.

    Most realistic fight: most fights you'll likely to see on a Friday/Saturday night prolong into a scrap as in the Korean flick 'The Chaser'.

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  • Comment number 221. Posted by mulebeatsdrums

    on 23 May 2012 16:41

    Although the storyline is somewhat lacking (i.e. a snorefest), the sword-fighting sequence in The Matrix Reloaded blew my mind when I first saw it at the tender age of 13, and even now, aged 21, I still love that scene. It's not gory (only those few tiny drops of blood), it's not unduly violent, and the choreography is probably the best in the trilogy, in my opinion.

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  • Comment number 220. Posted by Tachikoma

    on 23 May 2012 08:45

    The fight scene I loved best in film was the Battle of Agincourt in Kenneth Branagh's Henry V simply because it was as close to what 15th Century battles were like, violent enclosed slog fests smashing the openent into submission, unlike alot of more modern films like Kingdom of Heaven which feel they need to give fights a slight bushido feel with cleaver foot work and parrying for no other reason than it looks good on the screen.

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  • Comment number 219. Posted by Paul K

    on 23 May 2012 05:44

    Sorry I meant to say 'The Martial Club' not 'Challenge of the Masters' in my above post.

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  • Comment number 218. Posted by TheThinWhiteDude2708

    on 22 May 2012 21:22

    I'm gonna be priggish and pick five (in no specific order):

    1. Enter The Dragon - Bruce Lee... need I say any more?

    2. Ong-Bak: Thai Warrior - Tony Jaa's Muay-Thai background make for very unique fight sequences.

    3. Raging Bull - Although taking up less than five minutes screen time, De Niro manages to completely get across the masochistic nature of Jake La Motta.

    4. Oldboy - The choreography is balletic and cerebral. The four-minute wide shot is astonishing.

    5. The Firm - The low-key fight scenes are brutal and savage, and the violence feels terribly hard-hitting, and is not without consequences. And I hate to have to say this, the Alan Clarke version, not the Nick Love one.

    Also, anything with Yuen Woo-ping pulling the reins is a good sign for an action film.

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