Southeast Asian Martial Arts in the Movies

Sometimes fairly subtle (The Matrix Reloaded) and sometimes very not (The Raid) – Southeast Asian martial arts have been a constant element in the action and adventure movies and television shows of the last 40 years or more.

Filipino kali, Thai Krabi Krabong and old-school Muay Thai, and Indonesian pencak silat – they all show up in ways large and small. Here is a list of some great examples. If you know some we are missing drop us a line at info@maelstromcore.com and we’ll be sure to add it in there!

Films (by date):

The Bourne Legacy (2012) kali
The Raid (2011) kali, pencak silat
Daab / Sword (TBD) – krabi krabong
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) – kali, pencak silat
Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) – kali
Mission Impossible 3 (2006) – kali
Ultraviolet (2006) – kali
Tom Yung Goong/The Protector (2005) – krabi krabong
Batman Begins (2005) – keysi
Puteri Gunung Ledang (2004) – pencak silat
Daredevil (2003) – kali
The Legend of Suriyothai (2003) – krabi krabong
The Bourne Supremacy (2004) – kali
Chronicles of Riddick (2004) – kali
Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) – kali
Matrix: Reloaded (2003) – kali
The Hunted (2003) – kali
The Bourne Identity (2002)

Ong Bak/Thai Warrior (2003) – krabi krabong
Sema, the Warrior of Ayudhaya(2002) – krabi krabong
Equilibrium (2002) – kali
Brotherhood of the Wolf (2002) – krabi krabong
Blade II (2002) – kali
The Bourne Identity (2002) – kali
Scorpion King (2002) – kali
Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002) – kali
Kiss of the Dragon (2001) – kali
Bang Rajan (2000) – krabi krabong
Under Seige (1992) – kali
Exposure (1991) – kali
Out for Justice (1991) – kali
Rambo III (1988) – kali
Game of Death (1978) – kali
Man with the Golden Gun (1974) – krabi krabong
Enter the Dragon (1973) – kali

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