‘Enter the Dragon’ (1973)
The unique character of Shang-Chi in Marvel Comics was closely based mostly on martial arts grasp Bruce Lee, so it is effectively value watching this basic Bruce Lee film.
“Enter the Dragon” follows Lee at an opium lord’s island taking part in a martial arts event — it is peak Bruce Lee. The preventing scenes are glorious, as you’d anticipate, on this ’70s basic.
‘Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story’ (1993)
This fictionalized biographical film of Bruce Lee’s life can also be value a watch, and options an important efficiency from Jason Scott Lee as the person himself.
The movie chronicles Lee’s rise to fame as a movie and TV actor, his relationship with Linda Lee Cadwell, the racism he endured, and his time as a martial arts instructor. The stylized battle scenes are all extremely entertaining, too.
‘Home of Flying Daggers’ (2004)
One other Ziyi Zhang film, who is among the queens of wuxia movies.
This one sees a police captain escape a insurgent from jail so he might help her rejoin her trigger and colleagues.
Once more, extra beautiful, Oscar-nominated cinematography, and extra expertly choreographed battle scenes.
‘Kung Fu Hustle’ (2004)
If you look closely in “Shang-Chi,” there’s a “Kung Fu Hustle” poster in Shang-Chi’s tiny garage apartment.
That’s because this movie was something of an inspiration to Marvel’s newest film, and people of a certain generation will understand why.
“Kung Fu Hustle” is full of comedy, martial arts, lore, and more comedy. It’s a lot less serious than some other movies on this list, but still worth watching.
It also features Yuen Wah, who played the Ta Lo archer Guang Bo in “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”
The ‘Ip Man’ movie series (2008-2019)
Donnie Yen stars as the titular Ip Man, a martial arts expert and the grandmaster of Wing Chun, a style of Kung Fu.
Ip Man went on to become a martial arts trainer and taught many students, the most famous of them being Bruce Lee.
These four revered movies depict Ip Man’s life in great detail, while there is also a 2018 spin-off film from the series, too, titled “Master Z: Ip Man Legacy.”
‘The Grandmaster’ (2013)
Another movie depicting the life of Ip Man. However, this one is an entirely different take on Ip Man’s story and features more stylization, including some stunning, Oscar-nominated cinematography and costume design.
Playing Ip Man in this one is the legendary Tony Leung, who plays Shang-Chi’s father Wenwu aka the Mandarin. If you enjoyed his performance in “Shang-Chi,” you’ll love watching him here.
‘All Hail the King’ (2014)
This one may seem the odd one out in this otherwise wuxia-heavy list, but it’s well worth watching this little-seen Marvel One Shot short film.
This follows Ben Kingsley’s Trevor Slattery in prison post-“Iron Man 3,” where he is living a life of luxury as the prison’s most famous inmate.
This short film tells the tale of how Trevor was broken out of prison and taken to Wenwu’s compound, as seen in “Shang-Chi” — so it really helps to fill in the background information of the character.
Plus, there’s a very fun cameo from a certain “Iron Man 2” villain.
Finally, another wuxia movie.
“Shadow,” which follows people’s lives in an ancient and dangerous Chinese court, is another highly stylized wuxia film that features beautiful almost-black-and-white cinematography, some truly inventive weaponry, and, as usual, some expert choreography when it comes to the mind-blowing fight scenes.