Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Review of Donnie Yen's latest film, KUNGFU JUNGLE!

Starring Donnie Yen (the hero) and Wang BaoQiang (the villain)

I was recently invited by Clover Films, a regional movie producer and distributor based in Singapore, to catch the exclusive Singapore movie premiere of Kungfu Jungle. My younger sister is  BIG fan of Donnie Yen, and of course, I couldn't pass up on this opportunity and invited her along too! :)

Here's a brief synosis of the action-filled movie:
Hahou (Donnie Yen) is a former martial arts instructor but was imprisoned after accidentally killing an opponent in a fight. When a vicious killer Fung (Wang Baoqiang) starts targeting the top kung fu expert masters, Hahou offers to help the police catch him in return for his freedom. After much consideration, the police inspector arranges for his release and both of them start to hunt for the vicious killer. With his help, they realize that the killer is targeting his victims from the chronological order- he kills all the top masters in their martial arts expertise and follows an ancient martial code of training. Hahou also discovers the killer's identity and his motivation: the true philosophy behind martial arts is to kill.

Soon, Hahou realises that he is Fung’s next target, putting all those around him at risk, especially his beloved "shi mei". He refuses to be drawn into a fight with Fung, however when the killer threatens the woman he loves (aka his "shi mei") Hahou ultimately realises that he will have to fight with the killer.

Hahou fighting in the prison and he managed to fight against ten over inmates. I know, totally crazy..

The final and most intense fighting scene which takes place at night on a busy highway, both of them making deadly use of a pair of bamboo scaffolding poles.

My review on the movie (the good and the bad):

The good:
I'll definitely recommend this film to all martial arts fans or of course, fans of Donnie Yen. All of the fight scenes were very well-executed and realistic, which is expected as they're mostly directed by Donnie Yen. Even at 51, Donnie Yen is an exhilarating martial arts star and action director. It was also lovely to see the different parts of Hong Kong being showcased in the film, especially the scene where the fishermen lived in stilt-houses. Kungfu Jungle is a breathtaking action-filled film, featuring superb performances from the entire cast.

The bad:
Unfortunately, the movie doesn’t quite convincingly explain the killer's persistent and insane drive to be top in the field and his motivation for murdering so many martial arts experts, other than the fact that he is obsessed with kung fu. Moreover, the movie was too violent for me and there were several fight scenes which made me cringe in my seat. (I know, I'm such a chicken.) 

My take on the movie: 4/5

Casts: Kung Fu Jungle is from the award winning Hong Kong director Teddy Chen (Bodyguards and Assassins, The Accidental Spy) and stars Donnie Yen (Ip Man, Ip Man 2) and Wang Baoqiang (Lost in Thailand, Assembly, Blind Shaft). Donnie Yen also directed three action scenes in the film including the beginning and end scenes – credited as Action Director alongside with Martial Arts director Yuen Bun (Flying Swords of Dragon Gate) and Yan Hua.


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