10 Martial Arts Movies Like Sifu That Game Fans Will Enjoy

The fighting style of Sifu, Bak Mei (also known as Pak Mei), is an integral part of its gameplay. However, to the credit of the game developers, the history of this fighting style itself is also reflected in the game’s story. Stemming from the legend of the Five Elders of Shaolin, the Kung-fu sub-style bears the name of elder Bak Mei. Similar to Sifuthe legend of the five elders is a tragic tale of betrayal.

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But revenge is also important in the story of Sifu like a betrayal, and where the developers got the inspiration for it seems to be in the lens of the movies. In many ways, by Sifu influences make up some of the most important martial arts films in history, making this watchlist both a guide to better understanding Sifu and understanding the martial arts genre as a whole.


John Wick (2014) – DirecTV Rental

Now known as “Gun fu”, the immensely popular action series’ fighting style John Wick is more similar to professionally accepted forms of wrestling, such as judo and jiu-jitsu. Launch and disarm Sifubut what makes them similar is the choice of environments.

There are a host of subtle modernist touches that run between the two, but the most glaring similarity is the backdrop of “The Club” and “The Museum” being the signature John Wick sequences as well as whole levels in Sifu. It’s no surprise, then, that game director Chad Stahelski listed John Wick as one of his many inspirations for the game in an interview for MP1st in 2021.

The Raid 2 (2014) – Stream on Hulu

The Battle Raid 2

Choose between The Raid: Redemption and its sequel The Raid 2 is something no one should ever have to do, especially since The Raid 3 probably won’t happen. But sadly, it only seemed fair that just one of these action movies would make it onto this list, and as far as Sifufor its conflicts and its implementation of weapons, The Raid 2 is certainly the most appropriate choice.

The fighting style of both films is that of Pencak Silat, the umbrella term for an Indonesian martial arts group that can also be used as a type of performative dance. But what makes it unique is its openness to forms – allowing users to use a variety of weapons and any appendage, leading to each of Raid 2Combat sequences appearing unique to each other.

Enter The Dragon (1973) – Rental on Apple TV

Bruce Lee enters the dragon

One cannot underestimate the importance of Bruce Lee in bringing Kung fu movies into the western zeitgeist. Lee’s acting abilities bridged the gap between old Hollywood distortions of Asian cultures and a new cinema that was yet essentialized, much more respectful.

Enter the dragon is the film most remembered for its portrayals of Bruce Lee, giving audiences the topless, blood-splattered images of the martial artist that would be immortalized in posters and graphics for years to come. It’s an elaborate revenge film, seemingly derived from many James Bond storylines, but thanks to Lee’s jaw-dropping fight choreography, it was forever etched in history.

Ip Man (2008) – Stream on Netflix

Ip Man fight scene

As established, Bruce Lee is one of the most impactful and recognized Kung Fu masters in existence. But even he once needed a teacher, a man who didn’t need Hollywood to give him a legendary tale, because he had one of his own – IP man.

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Captions aside, some liberties were certainly taken when it came to portraying the IP man in a biopic. Of course, the dedicated life of a master dedicated to teaching and serving his community didn’t necessarily lend itself to filling a feature film, so the fictional details that gave this film some of his fight scenes the most influential can be forgiven.

Oldboy (2003) – Stream On Shudder

Oh Dae-su on the attack in Oldboy.

Old boy is one of the most brutal revenge films. A thriller first and foremost, its martial arts details are crucial but sometimes secondary. That said, it’s also true that the most memorable sequences of Old boy are his fight scenes, above all, an infamous sequence reproduced in Sifu.

The scene is, of course, the hallway sequence, in which the film’s main character, Dae-Su, takes on an entire hallway of adversaries with a hammer. The scene is particularly famous for the positioning of the camera, which is angled for sideways tracking. Sifu deliberately moves his camera to this position for an almost identical sequence in his first level, paying homage to the scene.

Matrix (1999) – Stream on FuboTV

Keanu Reeves in a Dojo, raising his hands

“I know Kung Fu” is the famous sentence pronounced by Neo in The matrix, and in many ways it was prophetic to say how the general populace would also “unambiguously know Kung fu” after this sci-fi hit brought the fighting style into the Hollywood mainstream. One of the most influential films of all time, The matrix’His over-the-top, floaty fighting style is legendary.

Mixing cyberpunk with kung fu was a decision that would change western cinema forever, and the premise of The matrix franchise marries the two logically. Part of the film’s legacy now is its style, and beyond the clothes, a type of composure the characters had in the action sequences – certainly comparable to the calmness of the protagonist in Sifu.

Kill Bill (2003) – Aired on HBO Max

The bride holds a sword and wears a yellow costume in Kill Bill

It’s no secret that Tarantino drew inspiration from martial arts films for a number of his works, but nowhere is that clearer than in his undisguised homage to them, the Kill Bill series. An outlandish plot is pushed into the background in favor of brilliant character design and some of the most jaw-dropping fight scenes ever filmed, often with the protagonist facing outlandish obstacles as in Sifu.

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Although the subtlety of by Sifu illuminating story is hidden in the background collectibles, it is still at its heart a story of violent revenge just like Kill Bill. Another interesting way to overlap the two is the name of the martial arts master the bride is studying under, ‘Pai Mei’, the Western name for by Sifu fighting style and Shaolin legend, Bak Mei.

The Protector (2005) – Stream On Vudu

The finishers in Sifu make up some of the most immersive moments in combat, with a seemingly endless number of methods by which the protagonist disposes of their enemies. And it certainly looks like some of the bone-breaking finishers of The protectoris part of the game.

This 2005 film was the sequel to the cult hit Ong-Bak: the Thai warrior, from director Prachya Pinkaew. Although not a direct sequel, the film’s Muay-Thai fighting style was choreographed by the same duo. Muay-Thai is one of the most popular sports in the world, and although very different from Kung-fu, its vicious use of impact points can be seen in Sifu.

Police Story (1985) – Stream on HBO Max

Although Bruce Lee is considered the most famous Kung Fu practitioner of all time, the most famous actor to practice Kung Fu is undoubtedly the beloved Hong Kong-born actor Jackie Chan. Kong. Starred in over 140 feature films in his career (largely unreleased in the US) Police Story remained a cult classic for its incredible set pieces.

Another film listed as inspiration for Sifu, Police Story stood out from Western action films for the jaw-dropping stunts that Jackie Chan could perform on his own, without the need for a stunt double. Which resulted in Sifu however, were the methods in which the environment could be used to even the odds against countless opponents.

The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978) – Stream on Prime Video

Gordon Liu training in the rain in the 36th chamber of Shaolin

Immortalized as the inspiration for the Wu-Tang Clan’s debut album, this Kung-fu film was one of the first to be brought to Western shores. The response was overwhelmingly positive, and as well as inspiring a host of other Kung Fu films, it also received two sequels.

Tracing the legend of Shaolin, the focus is on a fictionalized version of San Te, a legendary disciple monk. Similar to the original tale, the film follows a disciple rapidly progressing in the arts of Kung fu, only to leave the temple in a desire to spread his knowledge. Most of the techniques the Disciple learns, and the intensive training he undergoes, is the exact approach Sifu would use for his protagonist.

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