Top 10 Most Underrated Martial Arts Films [Linwood’s Picks]


Linwood Storm has mentioned that he is always asked what are his all-time favorite martial arts films, however, we at GameCargo, wanted to ask him, what cinematic ventures of the genre impressed him, yet flew under the radar at the time or didn’t pick up steam until recent years due to our current ‘Information Age’? With the likes of television shows such as ‘Warrior’, ‘Wu Assassins’, and ‘Into the Badlands’ ushering in a new wave of martial arts action on the small screen, it is definitely important to put newer fans “on-game” in regard to pictures they normally wouldn’t find on mainstream lists.

Below are ten selected that Linwood feels deserves a spotlight shined on. Whether for being the first to introduce directorial techniques that feature brutal violence prior to ‘The Raid’ *cough* ‘Broken Path’ *cough* or wide long-take sequences that focus on the realistic movement of combat before ‘John Wick’ was even a thought, thanks to the franchises’ first fight choreographer Jonathan Eusebio also worked on ‘Haywire’.

Now, without further ado, enjoy the following trailers!


“A young man learns the fighting techniques of Sanda from a coach. The two become best friends as the young man prepares to enter an underground tournament, competing against some of the top fighters of the world.”


“France employs local secret agents in Vietnam, 1922, to eliminate resistance. The rebel leader’s pretty daughter gets captured. Later an agent seems to have fallen in love with her and helps her escape. He flees, too. Lots of martial arts.”

8. BORN TO FIGHT (2004)

“A group of athletes helping a poor village must stop an evil tyrant and his men from terrorizing the village.”

7. THE SHOWDOWN (2005)

“Eight masters in martial arts receive an invitation to gather in a secluded mountain area and to engage in a competition, that includes Taekwondo, Kungfu, Karate, Muay Tai and Wushu. The winner of the competition would go on to battle their mysterious host.”


“Before the West entered World War II, a Japanese death cult called the Temple of Hades is ordered to aid in the spiritual destruction of China. Their method – abduct their enemies’ children and train them as killers for the Emperor. Young Vajra was especially gifted, but swears a secret oath of revenge when his brother dies. Now the greatest assassin in the temple, Vajra escapes to China and begins his quest to protect the innocent, and destroy the ones responsible for making him a living weapon. A former Shaolin monk, martial arts action star Xing Yu (aka Shi Yanneng) stars as Vajra in his first leading role.”


“Su Qi-Er retired from his life as a renowned Qing dynasty general in order to pursue his dream of a family and his own martial arts school. However, Su’s peaceful life is shattered when his vengeful adopted brother, Yuan Lie …[Spoilers found on this IMDb synopsis]


“On an isolated ranch in the desert, one man must protect his wife from a secret past that he is now forced to confront. With the sun towering in the sky overhead, the ranch sits beneath the vast blue, isolated amidst the arid terrain, Though life is certainly evident as a house warming party ensues.”


“A laborer moves to Shanghai in the hope of becoming rich. But ends up using his kung fu skills to survive.”


“The Republiic of China was still young, Shihai and the warlords were against Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. Long and his gang roamed the northern mountain areas. They are known as “The Pigtails” for the pigtails they wear. Because of the stratgic importance of the northern mountains Jiao sends his envoy.” [Starring Chow Yun Fat]

1. HAYWIRE (2011)

“A black ops super soldier seeks payback after she is betrayed and set up during a mission.”
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