Ray Park is a British stuntman and martial artist with vast experience playing roles such as Snake Eyes in G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra and G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Toad in X-Men, and Chuck Norris in The Legend of Bruce Lee television series. He has a great background in Shaolin kung fu, kickboxing, and wushu. With his martial arts experience, he can play a multitude of action roles. He brings a great charisma to the screen and really embodies the roles of each character he plays. Let’s enjoy some of these moments with 6 fight scenes featuring Ray Park.
1. Ray Park vs Lucy Liu
Besides the fact that Lucy Liu is absolutely stunning in Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever, she did some great fighting with Ray Park. Both were armed with crazy weapons, but it got personal when they dropped the guns and went close quarters. As usual Park is on point with his forms and stunts. The guy is sharp and you can’t deny what he brings to this scene.
Liu is pretty awesome in her own right by wielding a knife and chain. Just as you think Park is about to take out Liu, she does a quick combination leading to a fatal neck snap. While this movie had mixed to negative reviews, there were a few scenes that shed a bit of light like this one. Overall, this was a solid action sequence from Park and Liu.
2. Snake Eyes vs Storm Shadow
This is one of the best fight scenes from G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Park really does a great job playing Snake Eyes. You knew it was going to be an action packed scene by how it started with Storm Shadow throwing out the shurikens and Snake Eyes shooting each one. It was so epic that they slowed it down to emphasize the speed of these guys. Very slick, indeed.
The wall flips, weapon work, and the fighting made this quite the scene! Also, this is an extended clip, so you see a bit of plot work and crazy wire/stunt work as well. The fight in the air and along the mountain made it a bit over the top. However, it was really fun to watch. Overall, what a great scene with tons of action and heart pumping adrenaline! Enjoy 4 minutes of pure excellence.
3. Snake Eyes vs Storm Shadow in Cobra
This is the first time we see Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow duke it out from the movie G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Park does some excellent weapon work and slashes Storm Shadow to oblivion. I still don’t know how Storm Shadow could survive that punishment. I mean, Snake Eyes is a beast and he had some type of protective gear while Storm Shadow was shirtless and feeling the impact of every cut.
That blade was quite sharp, too. I bet someone got some dragon balls and wished him back to life. Hmm..if you survive an onslaught from Snake Eyes, anything can happen. Major kudos to Park displaying some great weapon work. It’s always a treat to watch whether he’s armed or unarmed.
4. Jinx vs Snake Eyes
Blindfolded combat is always a great touch! This is another great scene from G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Snake Eyes and Jinx go in full force for this 30 second teaser. The lightning fast double blade sword play from Jinx and the raw combat of Snake Eyes makes this a spectacle. I love the fast tempo of the fight. You can tell they probably ran through this scene a number of times just to get it perfect. I’m always a fan of sword combat, but two katanas equals double the fun. Awesome scene!
5. Enter: Darth Maul
I remember seeing Star Wars Episode I: Phantom Menace at the age of 12 and literally jumping out of my seat when I saw Darth Maul. The simple fact that he could tangle with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn just showed this guy meant business! Park doesn’t speak at all in his first major role, but actions speak louder than words when it comes to Darth Maul.
This is a great combat sequence with fancy Jedi mind tricks, special effects, and a great setup for the prequel storyline. It’s sad how Qui-Gon Jinn gets fatally stabbed by Darth Maul, but exciting how a young Obi-Wan Kenobi uses the force. He does a last ditch attack and cuts down Darth Maul like a bamboo stick with a fatal slash. Park did an excellent job with this scene. This is one of my favorite scenes from this film.
Ray Park plays a mutant named Toad in the X-Men movie. While Toad retains his venomous spit, wall climbing, super long tongue, kickboxing techniques, and machinery expertise from the older comics, Park gave him a sort of cool yet goofy demeanor that helps round out the character. He’s not simply a lackey that Magneto commands at his will. He has a bit more bravado and cooler elements that makes you enjoy his character more.
In fact, more modern comics now feature the newer version of Toad from the X-Men movie instead of the chubby lackey from 60s comics. I love how Park added some comic relief to the film, but still could take on some top notch competition from Professor X’s top leaders. This short clip is a montage of some of the stunts, fighting, and scenes featuring Ray Park. Enjoy some great moments and nice special effects.
Park is one top notch martial arts actor that I feel has only tipped the iceberg in his career. He definitely stands out in his roles every time and has a warm or threatening stage presence depending on his character. I appreciate his diversity because he brings much more to the table than a tough guy or comedic fighter. My favorite role will always be Darth Maul just because of how well Park got the character down without even speaking. What’s your favorite Ray Park action scene? Drop a note in the comment section.