Set in China in the 1860's during the Taiping Rebellion, the story is based on the assassination of Ma Xinyi in 1870. Loyalist General Qingyun is the only survivor of a battle with ... See full summary »
During the Japanese invasion of 1937, when a wealthy martial artist is forced to leave his home and work to support his family, he reluctantly agrees to train others in the art of Wing Chun for self-defense.
Set in late 19th century Canton this martial arts film depicts the stance taken by the legendary martial arts hero Wong Fei-Hung (1847-1924) against foreign forces' (English, French and ... See full summary »
Martial arts legend Huo Yuanjia became the most famous fighter in all of China at the turn of the 20th Century. Huo faced personal tragedy but ultimately fought his way out of darkness and into history, defining the true spirit of martial arts. His self-discovery, and the choices he made, inspired his nation. The son of a great fighter who did not wish for his child to follow in his footsteps, the bullied Huo Yuanjia resolves to teach himself how to fight - and win. Years of training enable him to ace match after match in his home region of Tianjin. But as his fame as a martial arts master grows, so does his pride. After an ill-advised fight leads to another master's death, members of Huo's family are slain in revenge. Grieving and ashamed, Huo wanders the country in shock. Near death, he is rescued by women from an idyllic village, and is offered simple kindness and generosity that help him heal and regain his equilibrium over a period of several years. Huo realizes that the future ...Written by
Shidô Nakamura does not speak Mandarin, but he needed to in the film, so he found a tutor, even though the director told him to just memorize and recite the sounds. He also tried watching TV channels in Shanghai, but it wasn't a week later until one of the film crew noticed that he was watching a Cantonese channel, which of course, speaks Cantonese, not Mandarin. See more »
The bangs on Moon's forehead change drastically when she comes to see Huo off. See more »
OK. There might be a bit of wanton pro-Chinese propaganda in this movie, but then again this has never stopped i.e. Spiderman from proudly standing in front of the American flag in his movies. I may not find it appealing, but everyone has a right to be proud of their country and heritage.
The acting is OK. Nothing really enticing, but this is a kung-fu movie, so we don't exactly expect Shakespeare (albeit Hero was case against this point). Nonetheless Jet Li is a maestro and all other opponents he meets on the ring are distinctive and complete the storyline in as much as is necessary.
The storyline may not exactly be award-winning, but it is very appealing and actually quite well done, giving this kung-fu movie a real human feel to it. This allowed for quite an impressive character build-up of Jet Li's portrayal of the legendary Huo Yuan Jia. Historical script liberties can be taken for granted, because all in all we have a heart-warming story with a lot of impressive (if not ground-breaking) fights to complement each other.
Definitely a good movie and maybe I gave it one or two bonus stars, but you just can't not be impressed by Jet Li, who is a complete kung-fu actor (not only has the moves, but also conveys the emotions).
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