Considered a modern-day, female Bruce Lee, JuJu Chan has always prided herself on her real life fighting skills. A star of numerous action films including Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, last year’s Nicolas Cage-led Jiu Jitsu , and Netflix’s Wu Assassins, Chan is more than just an accomplished actor. The 5 richest UFC fighters in history – ranked Like wushu champion Jet Li, Chan has a number of professional martial arts accomplishments to her name. In 2013 she became a champion in the female black belt category in the China Open Championship, and a year later she was crowned the winner of the World Muay Thai Council’s 2014 Thai boxing championship in the 46kg category. The all-action star discusses her favourite fight scenes of all-time and provides an insider’s perspective as to why exactly they remain so impressive. Martial Club (1981), Gordon Liu vs Johnny Wang, narrow alley fight This is such a memorable scene, yet the idea is so simple. First off, this was an era when martial arts actors did all their own fights, meaning their skill mattered – and Johnny Wang was one of the best. This fight also shows the love that director Lau Kar-leung had for traditional Chinese martial arts and storytelling. The scene plays off the traditional rivalry between northern and southern kung fu, with northern Chinese martial artists renowned for their kicking skills and southerners famed for their fist and arm techniques. How better to demonstrate that distinction than to be forced to try and fight and kick in a tight space? I just love the choreography between Gordon Liu and Johnny Wang. It’s a great example of stripping away everything that’s fancy and going with just straight forward skill to wow and entertain the audience. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019), gun assembly and throwing knives fight scene Even after just the first John Wick movie, the franchise had provided audiences with many memorable action sequences, so by the third instalment it was difficult to imagine what new ideas the creators could come up with. But the 87eleven action design team managed to deliver a super fun and original sequence at the third movie’s very beginning. From the high drama moment where Wick (Keanu Reeves) is rapidly trying to assemble a gun he can use, the audience is thrown into this desperate world of “making do with what you have around you”. Interview: Mortal Kombat star Ludi Lin on standing up to racism The mixture of reality hand-to-hand skills and small CGI moments – like when the dagger is slowly pushed into the eye of an attacker – to the exclamation mark ending of an axe thrown to the head of actor and stuntman Roger Yuan, everything adds to the fun of this all-out skirmish. A lot of work would have gone into making sure those CGI knives being thrown matched the reaction given by the stuntmen! Ip Man 2 (2010), Sammo Hung vs Donnie Yen, table fight Anyone who’s eaten a lot on a round table in a Chinese restaurant will know how easy it can be to tip the table. So setting a major fight on top of one was a great idea, and the fact that this battle is often the only scene that people remember from Ip Man 2 is a testament to its brilliance. A simple concept that would have taken mountains of work to execute, you can see that a lot of slow motion was used in the filming. This was likely needed to mask the wirework that had to go into making the entire choreography work. Oldboy (2003), Choi Min-sik vs everyone, hallway fight In this memorable scene, Oh Dae-su (Choi) clobbers his way through a mass of gangsters in a single uncut shot. Apparently it took director Park Chan-wook three days to perfect and 17 takes to get it just right, and I’m certain many directors and action directors were inspired to do similar long takes after seeing it. Try watching it frame by frame and you can see that all the hits seem to connect, and the power reads as real. The long take also adds to the rawness of the moment, making it feel all the more real to the audience. Is Johnnie To the best Hong Kong director the world has never heard of? At the time, this film was a huge game changer for action films. Most fight scenes around this time, though great to watch, were very choreographed with camera angles and editing chosen to optimise the sequence of moves. Here, the camera was flat on with no editing at all, and yet it was still great to watch, and somehow even grittier. I feel a lot of the “scrapping” style of fights that Donnie Yen and other American fight choreographers now do was influenced by this film. Pedicab Driver (1989), Sammo Hung vs Lau Kar-leung, pole fight There are so many weapon fights that are outstanding, but this one always stuck out for me. The skill and power of Sammo Hung and Lau Kar-leung is obvious, but the choreography, both with its execution and comedy, is so thoroughly entertaining. Unquestionably, a lot of work would have gone into the moves to make them so fluid, and once again Lau Kar-leung’s love of traditional martial arts shines through in this brilliant stick versus stick duel. Police Story (1985), Jackie Chan vs everyone, mall fight The sheer length and complexity of this all-out brawl, with all the extras in the background, the many stuntmen and breakages involved, cumulating in one of Jackie Chan’s most memorable stunts makes this scene a must-see! It takes no insider to realise that this scene would have been extremely difficult to shoot, and that’s what audiences have always loved about it. You knew you were getting your ticket’s worth to witness this crazy scale of stunt mayhem. And it wasn’t just the big stunts, there were plenty of Jackie Chan signature moments of smart choreography that keep the audience on the edge of their seats throughout this long sequence.” Rumble in the Bronx (1995), Jackie Chan, final fight There are so many other great Jackie Chan fight scenes to choose from, so why did I choose this one to mention? It sticks out because of the sheer variety of choreography ideas incorporated into one fight scene. As always with Jackie Chan, it’s very entertaining and he utilises the environment to its fullest. Things keep happening, changing, and it’s all very smart and super fun to watch. Meet Jackie Chan’s godfather, forgotten martial arts master Yu Jim-yuen Die hard fans will recognise some moves from Chan’s past films, but I love that he also replicates moves from this scene in his later films like Rush Hour . The modern-day American setting with his traditional martial arts training, using things like a ski as a Chinese spear, give it a flair that makes this fight stand out all the more. The Way of the Dragon (1972), Bruce Lee vs Chuck Norris, colosseum fight This fight scene is on many movie industry people’s “Best Fight Scenes” list. It’s dated, so a lot of younger people don’t notice what’s so special about it. So let me remind them ... before Bruce Lee, Hong Kong fight scenes looked more like a dance. The fights were highly choreographed, mimicking the fights from the Cantonese operas. Meanwhile American fight scenes looked more like a brawl. When done well, they had seemingly strong punches that would knock a man out in a single strike, unlike the long fights in Chinese cinema. What is Bruce Lee’s daughter, Shannon Emery Lee up to now? Bruce Lee introduced his mix of the two styles to the world, where his kicks and punches were powerful enough to knock out a man with one strike, and he brawled, but he still showed the beauty and skill of the Chinese martial art fight style. In Way of the Dragon, Lee fights international karate champion Chuck Norris. For anyone who was a Bruce Lee fan back then, this would have been a tentpole fight to watch. The battle between him and Norris was a showdown between two expert martial artists who obviously loved what they did. Not a single word is ever spoken between them during the entire fight, yet the non-verbal dialogue is so clear and poignant. The respect, and utter waste of life that Lee’s character feels after felling his opponent is clear for everyone to see. Utter cinematic brilliance. Wu Assassins (2019), JuJu Chan vs Li Jun Li, kitchen fight A very personal favourite, this is my favourite fight scene of my own. I just loved the choreography that Canadian fight choreographer Dan Rizzuto designed for it. Me and my opposing stunt woman, Megan Hui, spent about two days working on this fight to get it as smooth and real as possible. We only had two and a half hours to shoot the fight in a real kitchen. It was actually shot in one long shot, although the final scene is edited apart to include the dramatic moments with Li. I loved how we managed to take advantage of the environment, mixing different fight styles, jumping onto the table to grapple with my leg ... there were lots of original moves not seen before, making this one of the most memorable fight scenes in Wu Assassins . American Samurai (1992), Phan Xu vs Kenjiro With its never before seen multi weapon fights, American Samurai earned a cult following among martial arts film aficionados of its time. The best set of fights were the Phan Xu fights – a pony tailed, Qing hair styled fighter played by none other than my husband, Antony Szeto! The glamorous lives of Hong Kong’s richest actresses His fights were against Hong Kong’s renowned stunt coordinator, Dian Lam ( Infernal Affairs ), and the main killer in John Wick 3 , Mark Dacascos. The fight between Antony and Mark ended up being so much better than the climactic showdown between Mark and the film’s lead, that the producers ended up editing in much of the Antony versus Mark fight into the final fight. Most notably, this would have been the first American film to feature the No-Hands Suicide Kip-up, a move where Antony jumped up high to land on his back before kipping back up. Today, even with all the amazing moves in breakdancing, it’s still considered one of the most difficult moves to perform. Want more stories like this? Sign up here. Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .