Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee. Two of the most influential martial arts film stars that the world has known. However, between the two of these martial arts stars, who has created the bigger impact on the kung fu film industry? In other words, who is the king of martial arts films?
Bruce Lee, or 李小龙 (Lee Xiao Long), is considered one of the to be one of the most influential pioneers of the martial arts industry today and a cultural icon throughout the world. Known for his trademark high-pitched battle cries and nunchaku as his weapon of choice, Bruce Lee has become famous all around the world. His first leading role was in the 1971 film The Big Boss which helped him break into international stardom. He then followed on to star in films such as Fist of Fury (1972) and Way of the Dragon (1972) which propelled his fame even further. His films featured him to taking on opponents like the 7’2 giant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and former karate champion, Chuck Norris. He sadly passed away from cerebral dema in 1973 but his legacy remains stronger than ever.
Jackie Chan, or in Chinese 成龙 (Cheng Long), has become a kung fu megastar through his unique, humorous martial arts style of acrobatics, improvised weapons and innovative stunts. One of his first appearances in martial arts films actually pitted him up against Bruce Lee as an extra in the film Enter the Dragon (1973). His film Rumble in the Bronx (1995) was his breakthrough film that caught the attention of Western audiences and helped him achieve his presence in Hollywood . Since then, he has starred in many international films such as Rush Hour (1998) and Shanghai Noon (2000) where he costarred with American actors Chris Tucker and Owen Wilson. He recently reached the milestone of his 100th film, which was 1911: Revolution, and and is now working on his next film Chinese Zodiac, said to be his final action film.
So who do you feel has been more influential in the martial arts world? The legendary Bruce Lee or the iconic Jackie Chan? Vote below!