Our Favorite Wuxia Movies

Here are some of the favorite Wuxia movies of the Immortal team that we highly recommend you watch. There is a mix of contemporary movies and classics.

 

Jet Li, Donnie Yen, Jackie Chan, Zhang Ziyi and Gong Li appear in many of these amazing movies from legendary and award-winning directors, Ang Lee, Tsui Hark and Zhang Yimou. 

​If you are new to the Wuxia genre, we hope that you enjoy these videos and that they give you a wonderful introduction to this  genre of heroism, martial arts, fantasy and adventure. If you are already a fan of Wuxia, then you may have watched these already, but you'll probably enjoy rewatching them again and reliving the excitement, and hopefully discover something new to watch.

 

Let us know if you have a Wuxia film that you really like that you think should be added to this list.

 

Wuxia Literature and Cinema
 

While there are many terrific Wuxia films like the ones in our list, in some ways, Wuxia literature has been poorly served by cinematic adaptation. Some films promote style over substance, stripping the novels down to a mere sequence of fights and training montages. Wuxia literature is much more than simply an assortment of battles arranged into a plot.

 

Wuxia is a complicated genre of literature which, standing at the crux of fantasy and historical literature, manages to create an independent identity that has made it one of the most dominant forms of popular literature throughout East Asia. Read Article