Jet Li's The New Legend of Shaolin (1994)
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A hark back to the Shaw Brothers' "Heroes Two" (1974), "Men from the Monastery" (1974), and "Executioners from Shaolin" (1977) with one noticeable difference: it's written and directed by Wong Jing -- the Roger Corman of Hong Kong cinema -- and his sticky finger prints are visible in nearly every frame. Anachronisms, brutality, gratuitous under-cranking, precocious youths, randy old women, and toilet humor abound in this frustrating but watchable early '90s gung fu flick starring a stone cold Jet Li as real-life Ching Dynasty rebel Hong Xi Guan.
The dialogue is on par with that of a Power Rangers episode, as are some of the villains (one of which is covered in third degree burns and rides around in a metallic dragon mobile stealing children). There is very little action in this film, with even less martial arts. It is obviously a more story driven film, I just found myself too distracted by the over the top silliness that they tried to mix with the stone faced characters.
One of my favorite Fu movies of all time. Jet Lei and Xie Miao have an undeniable chemistry even if the plot is totally hackneyed and stolen from just about every other kung fu lovie ever. The action borders on the rediculous and I do love the upside down onefinger pushups of Xie Miao or "MANTING" which is my madden handle. That kid is baddass, where is he now?
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