Kung Fu Killer (2014)
There's a stoicism to Donnie Yen that makes him an ideal action movie anchor, grounding the ridiculous set-pieces around him with a sense of seriousness and gravitas. That Buster Keaton quality serves him well in Kung Fu Killer, a twist-filled thriller about a master martial artist released from prison to track down a serial killer (Wang Baoqiang) targeting other retired fighters known for being the best at a particular skill (kicks, throws, weapons, etc.). The plot is mostly an excuse to stage clever, bloody throw-downs like a duel in the giant skeleton of an animal, a sword-fight on a filmset, and, in the Frogger-inspired finale, a cartoon-like staff-battle on a highway. Luckily, Yen's understated turn keeps the movie from spiraling into self-parody.