Inspired by Ridley Scott's Duelists, Gregory Widen a writes a screenplay about immortals trying to cut off their heads with great swords. Former Olympic fencer Bob Anderson choreographed Christopher Lamber's showdownt and the evil Clancy Brown, who is clearly having too much fun living. "There can only be one! " Followed by a million sequels and TV spinoffs.
Sword of Vengeance (1972)
The carnage in the six-movie Baby Cart series is so endless that it's hard to tell a single one sword fight, but let's go with the 50th murder of the first movie, as he wanders the ronin Ittō (Tomisaburō Wakayama), toddler son tied behind his back, picks up a sheet from the book of 'Archimedes using reflective sunlight to blind his opponent.
All fights from the movie wuxia de Zhang Yimou, with its unreliable narrator and politically ambiguous subtext, are exquisite exercises in color-coded beauty. But with her swirling autumn leaves, Maggie Cheung calmly confronting stubborn Zhang Ziyi is probably the most beautiful duel of all, though not very useful for those looking for practical tips for sword fighting.
The Boss u (1997)
The exhibition match at the start of the cape and sword by Philippe de Broca (adapted from the much filmed novel by Paul Feval) stages the irresistible swagger of The Duke by Vincent Perez as he demonstrates his secret sword stroke (you might as well call him Chekhov 's sword stroke ) on the protagonist (Daniel Auteuil). Soft shirts and age-inappropriate romance!
The Duelists (1977)
Scott's debut, an adaptation of a short story by Joseph Conrad, arguably started a mini-trend for men wearing their hair in braids, as we will see later Adam Ant. The second duel is remarkable when Keith Carradine turns away to sneeze and Harvey Keitel exclaims "There!" Swordfights were staged by William Hobbs, including later.
Crouching tiger, dragon hidden (2000)
For many non-Asian moviegoers, Ang Lee 's romantic fable was their first glimpse into the Chinese martial fantasy world of wuxia. Drawing inspiration from King Hu ' s classic A Touch of Zen (1971), Lee has staged one of his gravity-defying duels among the branches of a bamboo forest, where Chow Yun-fat tries to teach Zhang Ziyi a lesson.
Robin and Marian (1976)
The bittersweet romance between older but not wiser Robin (Sean Connery) and Marian (Audrey Hepburn) is almost overshadowed by the frenzied bromance between Robin and his nemesis - Robert Shaw as the friendliest sheriff in Nottingham cinema. Which means, of course, they have to cross swords, with choreographer Hobbs showing just how fights can be exhausting for older peoples.
The New One-Armed Swordsman (1971)
On a bridge littered with corpses, David Chiang, of varying abilities, designs a clever way to wield multiple weapons of the dead. 'one hand to defeat the evil professor who killed his best friend. Directed by heroic bromance master Chang Cheh, but choreographed by Lau Kar-leung, who would go on to become one of Shaw Brothers' best action directors.
The Hollywood cloak and sword at its most flamboyant, with Stewart Granger performing most of his own stunts in striped commedia dell pants 'arte as he and Mel Ferrer parried and retaliated partout in a crowded theater, making full use of the railings and seat backs in a thrilling duel staged by fencing master Fred Cavens.
11. Zatoichi vs. Hattori Genosuke in Zatoichi (2003)
There is no shortage of swordplay in Japan's longest-running film series (1962-89), but for convenience, let's go with Takeshi Kitano's animated remake / tribute, in which the writer-director takes on the role of the blind swordsman. He and a ronin (Tadanobu Asano) repeat motions in their heads (pr Sherlock Holmes from e-Guy Ritchie) before Zatoichi confuses the opposition by changing his take.
The Princess Bride (1987)
"My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die. "Mandy Patinkin gets one of the most satisfying revenges in cinema in her confrontation with " the six-fingered man ", an unrecognizable Christopher Guest, in a fight choreographed by Anderson.
Barry Lyndon (1975)
The most memorable duels of the adaptation by Stanley Kubrick from Thackeray's Tale of a Terminal Block are probably the ones with guns, but the glorious natural lighting, Steven Berkoff's Perfect Whirlwind and Ryan O 'Neal's The Deflection and Foil Grip, trained and choreographed by Anderson , make him a guardian.
Seven Samurai (1954))
"This is insane," said Kanbei, leader of the samurai, watching this duel. “What's going to happen is obvious. But perhaps not so obvious to the neophyte or to the new spectators of Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece. The attacker is full of noise and fury, but he falls short of the badass master swordsman (Seiji Miyaguchi) who takes him down with a perfect blow.
La mark of Zorro (1940)
Basil Rathbone, Hollywood 's top swordsman, was invariably portrayed as a villain, so he always had to lose. But he said Tyrone Power was "the most nimble man with a sword that I have ever seen. 've never faced before a climax. Tyrone could have locked Errol Flynn in a cocked hat. Their superb duel here was staged by Cavens.
Takashi Miike's 2011 remake has its moments, but nothing beats the impact of the duel at the cemetery in the masterpiece. original work by Masaki Kobayashi, a scathing critique of institutional hypocrisy. Widescreen black and white plus Dutch tilts (a nifty way to get a katana sword in frame) plus the tall Tatsuya Nakadai at his most sullen addition to aclassic confrontation.
Les Quatre Musketeers (1974)
Another Hobbs - extraordinary choreographer - special. The final duel between a hero (Michael York) mad with fury overwhelmed with grief after the murder of his mistress, and his scheming foe, played by Christopher Lee, follows the fight in a church (clue to shocked nuns) and gradually shows the way. physical exertion wreak havoc among the fighters.
Come and drink with me (1966)
King Hu, in the Shaw Brothers movie that put him on the map, revolutionized wuxia by filming his fight scenes like dancing, with a great lady (Pei-Pei Cheng, plus tard the villain of Crouching Tiger) who had trained in ballet. In the temple duel, she holds up even when the villain cheats by trying to exhaust her with her consumable minions.
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Fresh from his work on Captain Blood (1935), Cavens was hired to add pizzazz to the scenes of fight in the classic Michael Curtiz swashbuckling, and you don't have much more pep than Errol Flynn against Rathbone in a fabulous three-stripe Technicolor. More parries and lunges than one might have found in an authentic medieval sword game, perhaps, but one of the greatest movie duels of all time.
In another of Kurosawa's minimalist yet exciting duels , Toshiro Mifune and Tatsuya Nakadai stare at each other for what seems like hours before things are settled with a single rotary draw that sword fight fans never tire of analyzing. The blood was a mixture. under pressure of chocolate syrup and sparkling water; the hidden mechanism would have malfunctioned, with results similar to those of a geyser.
Rob Roy (1995)
Play # 1 demonstrating Hobbs 'ability to anchor his fight choreography into character is this brilliant confrontation in which the fighters' personalities are reflected in their dueling techniques. The aristocratic Cunningham (Tim Roth) is giftede with the rapier, but sadistic and overconfident, while the honest Rob (Liam Neeson) gets it wrong with a broadsword. Guess who wins?