So Hak-Yi (Fist of the Red Dragon) (Heroes Among Heroes) Reviews
It does have some benefits; Donnie Yen vs Xin Xin Xiong. All the while you've got a Jet Li lookalike as Wong Fei-Hung kicking ass. This movie is shot competently and feels like it is officially an unofficial spin-off of the OATIC series.
Soooooo: the reason to see it is for Yuen Woo-Ping's directing (he's not the best director but he is the best choreographer), or Donnie Yen especially if you wanna see him fight Xin Xin Xiong. Not a bad movie but probably one of Woo-Ping's weaker films. Glad he went on to do Iron Monkey after this followed by Tai Chi Master (Twin Warriors) -- two back to back masterpieces before kinda falling off again with Wing Chun and then moving away from directing to focus on his true talent.
Aside from that plot, there are some good fight scenes. There are a lot of moments where this film copies other moments, such as:
Commando - the villain dies the same
French Connection II - hero suffers drug withdrawal
LA Confidential - one protagonist is tricked into fighting the other
I watched it for Donnie Yen. Average plot, good action choreography.
What better way to teach about the effects of drug addition than a martial arts flick?
While I was originally expecting something more serious, it ended up being an action-comedy, only made funnier by the ridiculous dubbing. I'm a sucker for Donnie Yen and martial art films though, so I'd watch this again. :)