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Silver Hawk (2004)

Fei Ying (original title)
Lulu Wong lives a double life - part urban social butterfly, part vigilante superhero.

Director:

Jingle Ma

Writers:

Susan Chan, Jingle Ma
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Yeoh ... Silver Hawk / Lulu
Richie Jen ... Rich Man (as Richie Ren)
Max Ruddock Max Ruddock ... Panda Poacher
Luke Goss ... Alexander Wolfe
Brandon Rhea ... Panda Poacher
Moreno Moreno ... Panda Poacher
Lu Ming Zhe Lu Ming Zhe ... Panda Poacher
Yang Da Shan Yang Da Shan ... Panda Poacher
Wu Sai Kit Wu Sai Kit ... Little Lou
Lui Wei Lui Wei ... Young Rich Man
Da-gang Liu Da-gang Liu ... Headmaster
Gao Xu Peng Gao Xu Peng ... Big Boy
Qi Ru Yi Qi Ru Yi ... Little Girl
Ja Xu Zhao Ja Xu Zhao ... Martial Arts Student
Zhang Xin Huo Zhang Xin Huo ... Martial Arts Student
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Storyline

Lulu Wong, a rich socialite, is actually the masked vigilante Silver Hawk. She meets Mr. Man. Mr. Man is with the police, and he has been asked to arrest Silver Hawk. At first, Mr. Man does not realize that Lulu Wong is the same person he grew to respect at a kung fu school when they were both children. A professor is kidnapped. He has the secret to a computer chip that can tap the human brain, which he wants to use to assist mankind. The daughter of the CEO/founder of a cell phone company gets kidnapped by the same evil-doers. To discover the plan and stop it, Lulu Wong, as Silver Hawk; and policeman Man must do several choreographed fight scenes against henchmen, use the help of the professor's computer genius assistant, join forces, break into the bad guys fortress and save everyone. Written by John Pilge

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The law has limits. She Doesn't.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for stylized martial arts violence | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | English

Release Date:

19 January 2004 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Silver Hawk See more »

Filming Locations:

China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$429,328
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

At about 0:36, the message on the computer screen misspells "exclusive" as "exlusive". See more »

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Lulu Wong: I jumped The Great Wall... saved the pandas... not the crooks. Doesn't get any better than that!
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Shot simultaneously in Cantonese and English. See more »

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Cool light-hearted Sci-fi Action B Movie. NB: Very weird dubbing.
9 April 2006 | by Zombified_660See all my reviews

Silver Hawk is an enjoyable Cantonese take on the superhero genre. As such it's much more enjoyable than recent US additions like Spiderman 2 or Daredevil, taking a very Blade-like 'Good vs Evil in a knock-down drag out fight' approach as opposed to going for the 'tortured hero' take on things American directors seem to dig. If you want depth you are firmly looking in the wrong place (go for the original 80s Batman maybe?), but if you want action, humour and incredibly sharp fight choreography, you've come to the right place.

It's similar in style to both Blade and Sam Raimi's Darkman, also taking cues from recent Hong Kong movies like Twins Effect. It has a fantastic look, good strong characters and a simple but effective plot that keeps you glued to your seat. Additional praise must be heaped on leading lady Michelle Yeoh. Much like Jackie Chan, despite many would-be successors coming and going since her debut in the 80s, she still has what it takes to front an action movie in spades. She not only makes Silver Hawk a genuinely likable and unique presence, she's also still a mesmerizing fighter to watch. The fights in this movie are really good, some of the best non-period kung-fu I've seen since the likes of Versus. They're played with humour by Yeoh, with Silver Hawk cockily dancing around baddies before kicking their teeth in, but they're still imbued with an impact missing from many similar films.

So why the 6? Firstly, Silver Hawk is incredibly lightweight. If it wasn't for the balletic and convincing fight scenes, this movie could probably have been a 12A or even a PG, it's like a Bond movie only with a female lead. Get boy, send bad guys home with bloody nose, end. It's simple, and that's why it works so well, but it doesn't have much depth, and I'll mainly re-watch it to enjoy the great fights and Yeoh being cool as she always is.

Then there's the dub. It's not, as I originally thought, an entirely Americanised dub. It's like Gen X Cops 2, in that it's dual language, always has been, and was intended for dual release. However, much like a lot of Jackie Chan's movies and Jet Li's earlier films, it's dubbed in quite a slapdash fashion, in a sloppy manner that makes it obvious all the actors except Yeoh and Luke Goss have been re-dubbed by voice-over actors, and that Yeoh and Goss voices were added at post-production instead of using the original recordings. It's not awful, and it compares favourably with some more suspect re-dubs, but it's still glaringly obvious that most characters are not being voiced by the original actors, and that the voice-over wasn't done in sync with the film, it was done off in some studio somewhere with just a script. If you think you can put up with that better than I did (I couldn't help wincing during certain scenes, such was the complete disconnection between dialogue and on-screen action) add a point to the score, and if you don't watch subs, add two. That's the best way to approach it really.

Basically Silver Hawk is really good fun, a cool superhero movie with a great heroine played by a great actress. It's fast, funny and has really good fight scenes, but you could get put off by the awkward dub. It's good enough that I think it's worth the effort, and I'll definitely be watching it again soon.


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