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List of 1980s Kung Fu Movies

The 1980s were an undeniably cool time for kung fu films. Like Burt Reynolds circa 1970 kind of cool. Sadly, that level of kung-fu cool was hard to maintain and it eventually went the way of Tab cola and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.   Miami Connection (1987) Miami Connection (1987) is a kung-fu action film… read more »

Robot Ninja (1989)

The movie Robot Ninja (1989) is a science-fiction and kung-fu film. It is an extremely low-budget movie directed by J.R. Bookwalter and starring Michael Todd, Burt Ward, James L. Edwards, Bogdan Pecic, Maria Markovic and Linnea Quigley. The movie is widely considered one of the worst films of all time. Robot Ninja (1989) Plot Summary… read more »

Day of the Panther (1988)

The 1988 kung-fu film Day of the Panther is a film by the famous B-movie director Brian Trenchard Smith. The film was suffering production problems, and Trenchard-Smith was brought in half-way through production to rescue what he could from the film. The movie has become a kung fu cult classic. Day of the Panther (1988)… read more »

The Beast and the Magic Sword (1983)

The 1983 film The Beast and the Magic Sword (also known as La Bestia y la Espada Magica) is a sword-and-sorcery film uniquely co-produced by Spain and Japan. The movie was tenth in the werewolf series written and directed by Paul Naschy, under the pseudonym of Jacinto Molina. The movie stars Paul Naschy, Julia Saly, Junko Asahina, and Shigeru Amachi. The… read more »

The Lost Empire (1984)

The 1984 film The Lost Empire is a modern sword-and-sorcery and kung-fu film directed by Jim Wynorski, as his first feature. The film was actually produced by a theater owner as a tax loss, but ended up becoming a cult classic. Roger Corman was not involved in the movie but let Jim Wynorski use his studio for… read more »

Miami Connection (1987)

The 1987 film Miami Connection is a kung-fu action film. It has become a cult classic, famous for being blissfully un-self-aware and renowned for the in-movie band, Dragon Sound. The movie was produced and directed by Y.K. Kim, a Korean martial arts personality, and he also starred in the main role. Y.K. Kim mortgaged his taekwondo… read more »

The Mighty Peking Man (1977)

The 1977 action/kung fu film Mighty Peking Man is a remake of King Kong starring Evelyne Kraft. The film was released in the US in 1980, under the name Goliathon. The Mighty Peking Man (1977) Plot Summary A group from Hong Kong, lead by Johnny (played by Danny Lee) is exploring the Himalayan mountains. They… read more »

Ninja III: The Domination (1984)

The 1984 film Ninja III: The Domination is a horror–kung fu film released as the third part of the Ninja trilogy by the Cannon Group. It was directed by Sam Firstenberg. Although critically panned, it has since become a cult classic martial arts film. Ninja III Movie Plot The film begins with a ninja exploring a cave,… read more »