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Samurai Champloo. Mugen Vs Jin. Fight #1
A great sword fight! I remember after seeing it for the first time, when it was over, my mouth was hanging open. I hope you are able to go full screen on this one. And turn it up for sure, the sound is really good.
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh) Vs Jen Yu (Zhang Ziyi)
Choreographer: Yuen Wo Ping
I had seen plenty of Kung Fu movies and Hong Kong cinema before this movie came out. So I was not carried away quite as much as some folks by CTHD. But this fight scene just blew my mind. These actors are incredible athletes...
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
Die Another Day. James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) Vs Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens)
Choreography: Bob Anderson
I am not a great fan of this film, but this is a vicious saber fight choreographed by the famous Bob Anderson. The swords seem really dangerous in this one...
Die Another Day
Rob Roy. Rob Roy (Liam Neeson) Vs Archibald Cunningham (Tim Roth).
Choreographer: William Hobbs.
This one is best seen within the context of the film so that the emotional impact builds. If you have not seen the film; Cunningham is the little foppish guy and he has basically taken everything that Neeson's character had.
Many folks consider this to also be one of the best and most realistic sword fight s ever put on film. Aside from the very skilled actors this is mostly due to sword-master William Hobbs. You will see more of his super down to earth choreography in my selection for #2.
The Court Jester. Hubert Hawkins A.K.A. "The Fox" (Danny Kaye) Vs Lord Ravenhurst (Basil Rathbone).
Choreography: Fred Cavins
This sword fight left a deep impression on me as a child. In this scene The court jester played by Danny kaye, has been hypnotized to think he is the best fighter in the land. but the problem is, the skill gets switched on and off when he hears someone snap their fingers.
It's amazing to watch Kaye shift back and forth from inept to skilled. The fact is, Kaye had no fencing experience prior to making this film, but Basil Rathbone was an expert fencer. Danny Kaye picked up the ability so quickly on set that Rathbone, it is said, could hardly keep up.
The Court Jester
Kill Bill. The Bride (Uma Thurman) Vs O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu).
Choreographer: Yuen Woo-Ping
I like this one for its pathos and its panache. It always leaves me feeling a little haunted...
Hero. Nameless (Jet Li) Vs Long Sky (Donnie Yen).
This is another favorite movie and this sword vs spear scene has always stuck with me. I really think this is one of the most beautiful scenes of this sort ever caught on film. It makes me think that these actors must have really good days, and this must have been one for everyone involved here.
Berserk. Guts and Griffith Vs Zodd the Immortal.
If you have never seen the Berserk anime series you ought to give it a watch. It's some of the best dark fantasy out there.
The series has been remade recently, so I am including both the original and new versions off the Zodd fight scene.
I love this one. Enjoy!
The Duelists. Saber Duel. Lieutenant Gabriel Feraud (Harvey Keitel) Vs Lieutenant Armand d'Hubert (Keith Carradine.
Choreographer: William Hobbs.
This is one of my favorite films. Anyone that has ever seen it knows how sick and tired Armand d'Hubert is of Keitel's character at this point.
The movie is based on a short story by Joseph Conrad which in turn is based on the true story of two professional French military men that had, essentially, an ongoing duel over nearly 20 years that includes 30 or more fights.
The Princess Bride. Inigo Montoya Vs The Dread Pirate Roberts.
Choreographer: Bob Anderson.
Here we have what is at the very least, Bob Anderson's most famous piece of choreography, possibly his masterpiece. Cary Elwes Roberts) and Mandy Patinkin (Inigo) performed the entire duel themselves.
This sword fight is number one on a lot of people's list and this may be the most famous sword fight ever committed to film.
The Princess Bride
The Empire Strikes back. Luke Vs Dad Vader
Choreography: None other than Bob Anderson, who also stunt doubled for Vader...
The Empire Strikes Back
Originally posted by happykat39
Let's not forget Errol Flynn in Robin Hood. He didn't just use the bow and arrow.