Who’s the king of martial arts films: Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan?

Who’s the king of martial arts films: Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan?

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Martial arts movies, especially the fast-paced gems of Hong Kong cinema, have produced an array of international stars including Michelle Yeoh, Jet Li and Chow Yun Fat. But the undisputed greatest stars of the genre are Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan (seriously, Chuck who?). Bruce Lee is pure kung fu power, and Jackie Chan is an unparalleled stunt actor. But which star is the greatest? 👊

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Bruce Lee’s Chinese screen name Lee Siu-lung means “Little Dragon” Lee, while Jackie Chan’s screen name could be read as Cheng Lung (meaning “becoming the dragon"). But which of them is the real dragon of the film industry? 

Lee’s lightning fast fighting style, charming yet deadly serious demeanor, and dedication launched him from TV show sidekick to arguably the first Asian worldwide superstar. He kicked off (pun intended) America’s fascination with martial arts and changed the nature of action films forever. His life was cut short, possibly due to an unfortunate combination of prescription medications. He starred in only a fistful of movies, but every one of them is an undeniable classic. He’s the king of martial arts films, beyond doubt. 

Chan’s martial arts and movie career began in the 1960s. He even appeared in a Bruce Lee film, and he has starred in more than 150 features since, becoming Hong Kong cinema’s number one star and one of the most famous people in the world. His mind-blowing stunts, goofy humor and ultra-quick fights make for fantastic entertainment. He’s the real king of martial arts action films.

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