|Starring Donnie Yen (the hero) and Wang BaoQiang (the villain)|
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.|
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.
KUNGFU JUNGLE: OPENS IN CINEMA 30TH OCTOBER 2014. DO CHECK IT OUT! :)