The world of martial arts isn’t just about being serious! Martial arts films have also been known to be quite humorous. Today, we will be looking at some solid examples of martial arts films that are guaranteed to make you laugh.
Since there is much gravitas that usually accompanies martial arts and how it is featured, it is wholly refreshing to have comedic elements intertwined with it in these following films:
Kung Fu Hustle
This is one of the top tier martial arts comedy films that truly found worldwide success in the box office. Directed, produced, written, and starring the phenomenal Stephen Chow.
It follows the tale of a street urchin who is trying to join a gang by the name of Deadly Axe Gang. The misadventures that follow have moments of pure hilarity. It also really helps that there are some heartwarming parts to the tale.
What we like about this particular film I the fact that it carries traditional Chinese music so the audiences are treated to not just a fun and funny time. They are also treated to the rich culture that Chinese music has to share.
Kung Pao! Enter the Fist
Released in 2002, this wholly American film pokes a bit of fun regarding the Hong Kong made martial arts film of the 70s and 80s. It has the badly dubbed dialogue, the absurd jumps to enter fighting scenes, the odd panning of the cameras, everything.
The story follows the adventures of The Chosen One and his exploits in trying to defeat the main villain, save his love interest, and pretty much save humanity from an unexpected threat. If we’re being vague, that’s only because we don’t want to spoil anything for you.
What we like about this particular film is the fact that it took a whole new jab (at the time) at the genre of martial arts films and how they were—quite frankly—rather ridiculously made in its earlier incarnations.
Shaolin Soccer is actually one of the first comedic marital arts films that Stephen Chow had created, directed, and starred in. This film was released back in 2001 and you could say that this is the one that started the hilarity.
This film follows a Shaolin monk and his brothers in arms as they utilize their martial art skills in order to rejuvenate interest in their art. Of course, they do this by applying it to the most unlikely thing ever: soccer.
What we like about this particular film is the fact that it uses a topic that reaches a wide audience (soccer) and ties in elements of a shared goal.
The films we mentioned above surely gave our funny bones a work out when we watched it again for research! While we advise that you take the “realism” with a grain of salt, some of the martial arts moves that were featured in the films were still grounded in actual fighting styles.
Which funny martial arts film would add to this list if you could?