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The Legend (Fong Sai Yuk)
7 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

[center][size=4][b]The Legend [/b][/size]a.k.a. [size=4][b]
Fong Sai-yuk (1993)[/b][/size]
[img][/img] [b]After "Once Upon a Time in China" series, this is another great film about a chinese hero with great martial arts skills.
Jet Li plays legendary folk hero Fong Sai Yuk in an adventure that finds his family drawn into the anti-Ching movement. Fong is eventually forced to choose sides in order to save his father's life.
Despite the fragmente plot, this movie is pretty entertaining. There are some wonderful charactrers, especially Sai yuk's mother-Miu Tsui-fa, played by Josephine Siao Fong-fong, impressive and memorable fight sequences, choreographed by Corey Yuen Kwai and Yuen Tak, and excellent wire-work.
"The Legend" is an amazing martial arts flick and probably Jet Li's best film.[/b]
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The Warrior
The Warrior (2002)
7 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

[center][size=4][b]Musa [/b][/size]a.k.a
[size=4][b]The Warrior (2001)[/b][/size]
[img][/img] "Musa" is probably the most insightful historical war movie I have ever seen. Portraying the plight of exiled medieval Korean ambassadors to China, the film focusses on the human tensions that develop within the group as they attempt to make their way home to Korea against all odds.
The performances are all superb and the character are believable.The believability is enhanced by the excellent costuming and makeup,and I guess just good casting.
The movie is very violent and has extremely graphic.There are brutal and realistic scenes of hand to hand battle with spears and blades.All the fights are stunningly-choreographed and filmed,without heavy wires and special effects like in most of the HK productions.
But what Musa also possesses is atmosphere - the locations and the cinematography are top-notch,from the boundless deserts to the broken-down castle by the sea. "Musa" does an excellent job of selling the world it is set in.
"Musa" is great period piece with wonderful visuals,that certainly captivates the viewer.It's not a typical,stylised martial-arts film similar to those that Hong Kong produces but a more realistic and moving movie, that should still satisfy both art-house and action fans.

Jade Warrior (Jadesoturi)
8 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

[center][size=4][b]Jade Warrior[/b][/size] a.k.a.
[size=4][b]Jadesoturi (2006)
[/b][/size][left][img][/img] "Jadesoturi" is a mixture of the Finnish saga, called Kalavala and Chinese kung fu mythology. Here we have two films with parallel plots and casts, one set in ancient China and one in a sort of modern Finland, where most of the action is divided between a junk shop, a museum and a subterranean forge. Only Tommi Eronen, who plays both protagonists, Kai and Sintai, appears in both parts.
However, the structure of the film is quite annoying. The interleaving of the past and present scenes might seem attractive artistically, but really confusing for movie watchers. Such a way of rolling out the whole story makes it hard to understand the causal relations between some of the story elements.
Zhang Jingchu's and Markku Peltola's performances were good, and the acting from the rest of the cast was let's say...decent.
As for the cinematography, I would say it's just OK. It was neither impressive, nor bad. The fight scenes were somewhat of a disappointment; They were beautifully-shot, but also they looked rather like a dancing moves, than an actual fights.

Come Drink With Me (Da zui xia)
18 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

[center][size=4][b]Come Drink With Me (1966)[/b][/size][/center]
[b][img][/img] "Come drink with me" really revolutionized the martial arts film genre at the time of its release by boosting the production standards and level of action.[/b]

Wing Chun
Wing Chun (1994)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

[center][size=4][b]Wing Chun (1995)[/b][/size]
[img][/img] [b]A wonderful fight choreography, first-rate wire stunts, entertaining story and above average performances, make "Wing Chun" one of the best martial arts flicks of the 90s.
[/b] [size=4][color=Red]9.00/10
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