Choose and focus on three films from the above lists. Discuss and compare the generic characteristics and historical evolution of Hong Kong martial arts, action, and/or gangster/crime-thriller films in terms of theme, plot, and/or style.

Dragon Gate Inn (Dir. King Hu, 1967)

Fist of Fury (Dir. Lo Wei, starring Bruce Lee, 1972)

Rumble in the Bronx (Dir. Stanley Tong, starring Jackie Chan, 1995)

A Better Tomorrow (Dir. John Woo, starring Chow Yun-fat, 1986)

Infernal Affairs (Dir. Andrew Lau and Alan Mak, 2002)

 

One-Armed Swordsman (Dir. Chang Cheh, 1967)

Enter the Dragon (Dir. Robert Clouse, starring Bruce Lee, 1972)

Once upon a Time in China (Dir. Tsui Hark, starring Jet Li, 1991)

Drunken Master (Dir. Yuen Woo-ping, starring Jackie Chan, 1978)

Supercop (Dir. Stanley Tong, starring Jackie Chan, 1992)

Wing Chun (Dir. Yuen Woo-ping, starring Michelle Yeoh, 1994)

The Killer (Dir. John Woo, starring Chow Yun-fat, 1989)

Ip Man (Dir. Wilson Yip, starring Donnie Yen, 2008)

Ip Man 2 (Dir. Wilson Yip, starring Donnie Yen, 2010)