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Top 5 Martial Arts Movies of 2011

When the year 2011 and martial arts movies come up together in conversation, there are very few titles that come to one's mind. This past year wasn't the best for movies in general. It took us sometime to brainstorm and a few coffees, but here is our list of the top 5 martial arts movies of 2011.

1. Warrior

Warrior was released late this year on December 20th, Warrior grossed a measly $13.7 million in the box office. Personally we think it should have done better.

Starring Nick Nolte, Tom Hardy, and Joel Edgerton, Warrior is a story about two brothers who haven't spoken in fourteen years, meeting each other in an MMA championship fight. Tommy Conlon, while haunted by a tragic past, returns home for the first time in fourteen years to train for SPARTA (the biggest winner-takes-all event in mixed martial arts history) with the help of his father. Tommy used to be a wrestling prodigy and finds it easy to fight his way to the championship.

Meanwhile, his brother Brendan, an ex-fighter-turned-teacher, is on the verge of loosing his house and makes the tough decision to return to the ring. When Brendan hears of SPARTA, he stops fighting in parking lot rings and enlists the help of an old friend to train him. He wins several brutal matches as an underdog leading him to fight his brother for the championship. This movie truly shows the strong bonds between family.

2. Kung Fu Panda 2

Kung Fu Panda 2 made its way to theaters on may 26th, Kung Fu Panda 2 grossed an amazing $165.2 million while in the box office.

With a stellar cast including, Jack Black, Jackie Chan, Dustin Hoffman, Seth Rogen, Gary Oldman, and Angelina Jolie, its success comes as no surprise. Now living his dream, Po's peaceful life is threatened by the emergence of a villain, who plans to use a secret weapon to conquer China and destroy Kung Fu forever. Po must uncover the secrets to his origins in order to unlock is strengths and defeat the formidable opponent.

3. The Mechanic

The Mechanic hit theaters on January 28th, The Mechanic grossed $29.7 million in the box office.

Jason Statham plays the role of Arthur Bishop, a 'mechanic'- an elite assassin with a strict code and unique talent for cleanly eliminating targets. It's a job that requires professional perfection and total detachment. After his mentor and close friend Harry (Donald Sutherland) is murdered, Bishop takes on a self-imposed assignment to track down and kill those who are responsible. Things get complicated when Harry's son Steve (Ben Foster) wants to help him with his assignment. While fulfilling their mission, deceptions surface and those hired to fix the problems become problems themselves.

4. Shaolin

Shaolin was released on October 25th, Shaolin made an extemely poor, $64.3k in the box office.

When war lords fight to expand there territory, Shaolin Monks must clean up the carnage that is left behind. The monks tend to the injured while attempting to save the weak and poor. A betrayed general takes refuge with the monks at their hidden mountain temple. As time passes, he learns the ways of peace and begins to release his anger through Martial Zen.

The characters in this film have depth and are accompanied by an amazing story that is filled with epic fight scenes. Shaolin does a great job at showign what happens to a man who is betrayed and how his environment can change him for the better.
5. 13 Assasins

13 Assassins was released to theaters on April 29th and grossed $0.8 million in the box office.

Set at the end of Japan's feudal era, a group of unemployed samurai are enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord and prevent him from ascending to the throne and plunging the country into a wartorn future.

Be sure to let us know your opinion and if we missed a movie that you think should have made the top 5. Send us a like on Facebook and stay tuned for our list of the 5 worst martial arts movies of 2011.


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