Directed by and staring Sammo Hung (whose character, as usual, is referred to as Fatty!), this kung fu flick was definitely one of the good ones. The first half was mostly standard fare but things picked up nicely at around the midpoint. After the cool training sequence, Fatty and friends each pick one of the different-styled baddies and seek them out to set things right. The last 20 minutes or so just kick butt, cumulating with the top bad guy whipping out a creepy praying-mantis style on our heroes that must be seen to be believed. As a Hung production, it does feature some of his cheesy but harmless brand of comedy but he also makes sure to splatter some blood in deserving scenes. Also, for such a movie, there were a number of shots that looked like they were lifted right out of a Chinese horror movie! When I finished the film, I watched the original trailer on the DVD, in which Chinese descriptions appeared over the scenes, translated underneath. Here are a few lines that occurred during some fight scenes: It's authentic! It's clearly shown! It's greatly entertaining! And it was. I just thought that was amusing
"clearly shown" isn't part of the modern fight choreographer's vocabulary.