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Fatal Contact (2006)

Hak kuen (original title)
A young man learns the fighting techniques of Sanda from a coach. The two become best friends as the young man prepares to enter an underground tournament, competing against some of the top fighters of the world.

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Ronald Cheng ...
Captain
Miki Yeung ...
Siu Tin
Theresa Fu ...
Chui Chi
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Ma Ho-Keung (as Cheung Siu Fai)
Ken Lo ...
Chan Sun (as Kenneth Low)
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Silver Dragon
Timmy Hung ...
Portland Street Fighter
Suet Lam ...
Soo (as Lam Suet)
Xing Yu ...
King
Yu Gu ...
Fai (as Kris Gu)
Tats Lau ...
Beggar (as Lau Yee Tat)
Sze-Ming Lu ...
Wai (as Johnny Lu)
Marco Lok ...
Ricky
Shiu Hung Hui ...
Worker Ming (as Hui Siu Hung)
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A young man learns the fighting techniques of Sanda from a coach. The two become best friends as the young man prepares to enter an underground tournament, competing against some of the top fighters of the world.

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Jacky Wu trained in Sanda for the film in Beijing and was nearly knocked out by one of the Sanda team members. See more »

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References King Kong (1933) See more »

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THEME SONG
Performed by Ronald Cheng
Composed by Ian Kasela
Lyrics by Xia Zhi
OP: PT EMI Publishing Indonesia
SP: Gold Label Music Ltd.
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Pretty awful...
9 June 2008 | by (Montreal, Canada) – See all my reviews

I've watched a lot of HK action films... some are pretty amazing, many are guilty pleasures, and sadly a few are just plain awful. This one falls into the latter category.

Fatal Contact is terrible, and not in that "so bad it's good" enjoyable sort of way. The writing is awkward, the acting is hollow, and the direction is stiff and joyless. Every scene is miserable. It's like someone made a backyard-grade production with half a normal film's budget.

I don't speak Chinese, so I read the subtitles... which means I can be pretty generous with regards to the performances, especially in a martial arts film. When I can tell how flat and mechanical the acting is, even across the language barrier, you know it's pretty bad. The dialog is recited as if read from scribbled cue cards. Actors stare at nothing in particular, making nervous faces like they've just ad-libbed a bad line.. they even sometimes look at the camera. This may seem like a petty complaint for a silly action movie, but it really makes it impossible to enter into the film and feel any excitement.

The script is similarly weak...dull, fragmented, predictable, preachy, and at times painfully misogynistic. Even for manic HK genre film, the tone is inconsistent. It seems to hit a sour note at almost every turn. I might have praised this film for showing illegal underground boxing matches in realistically mundane environments like old train stations, fluorescent-lit rented hotel conference chambers, boat marinas, etc, but somehow the lack of interesting locations or presentation often robs the scenes of any drama they would normally have. Instead, it just feels cheap and unimaginative.

So what about the action? Jacky Wu has always been a competent martial performer, if not particularly engaging on a personal level, and the action sequences should be the highlight of this film. Unfortunately, the impact is consistently killed by bad editing and unexciting villains. The choreography is pretty dull and unexciting. Every confrontation is a disappointment. Granted, Wu does pull off a couple of sweet moves. Unfortunately I mean that LITERALLY... I think I counted them and there are about two. Wu is a proved talent, but this film is strong evidence that having good screen fighters is not enough to carry even a fun action cheapie if every other aspect of the movie fails.

Notably Ronald Cheng DOES sort of portray an interesting character... I was hoping for him to become more significant in the story, but don't be fooled. NOTHING happens with this character. That goes Lam Suet and Ken Lo too, sadly. The familiar HK supporting faces in this film are no indication of its quality.

I was under the impression that a Dragon Dynasty release would at least be worth a look. Don't waste your time... or if you must, skip to the fight scenes just to relieve your curiosity. Nothing else here is even remotely worthwhile.


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