Combatants: Chinese hero Chen Zhen (Bruce Lee) vs flimsy Japanese dojo students
This one packs a political punch. In what was the fastest fight choreography the world had ever seen in 1972, Bruce Lee’s Chen Zhen brings an entire Japanese dojo – and by extension, Japanese imperialism – to its knees. It was an enormous moment not just for martial arts cinema but for Hong Kong too. Chen Zhen would later be played by Donnie Yen and Jet Li. The latter’s version of this scene, in the 1994 remake Fist of Legend, is every bit as blistering.