Howdy ladies and gents, time for another one paragraph review. Today I get to talk about a film that’s been on my watch list for around a year and half; Kung Fu Jungle, but since it’s titled Kung Fu Killer for us in the UK I’m going to stick to that title in this review.
The plot can be summed up as the following: “A martial arts instructor from the police force gets imprisoned after killing a man by accident. But when a vicious killer starts targeting martial arts masters, the instructor offers to help the police in return for his freedom.” I’ve never seen a proper modern martial arts film from China so this was an interesting experience how the filmmakers were able to preserve the core elements of what make these films so enjoyable not only with the action, but also incorporating some story and character material that is notable with films of the genre. I liked how this film was essentially a story of revenge and a race against time to find the killer before he took out a number of unsuspecting victims. While I’ve not seen all police dramas in film and TV, once you’ve seen a good amount of them, certain plot elements can be recognised and predicted and that was the case with this film. That being said it was still enjoyable when it came to interesting drama and some mysteries were revealed in the third act. The cast was pretty good all round, firstly there’s Donnie Yen as Hahou Mo, he did really well with not only his physical material, but he was also convincing with his acting showing some depth in his dramatic scenes too. Wang Baoqiang was really crazy and good as Fung Yu-Sau, his backstory was really interesting and Yu-Sau was very captivating to watch, Charlie Young was very good as Luk Yuen-Sum and I also enjoyed Michelle Bai as Sinn Ying who had some funny moments and a great action scene too. Oh and finally it was great to see Louis Fan from the first two Ip Man films as well. As for the presentation it was really good. Visually the film looked really beautiful with some good lighting, wonderfully framed exterior shots and during the action sequences the editing, close-ups and tracking shots were fantastic. And speaking of the action, the fight scenes, good gravy they were lovely, whether it was hand-to-hand combat, using weapons of interacting with the sets, it was handled with great choreography, intense and varied in the techniques. The film score by Peter Kam was pretty solid and worked well in the emotional and action scenes. In conclusion Kung Fu Killer is a really cool and intriguing action thriller, and while it does have a good few conventional plot elements, it balances the police drama with the martial arts material very well with solid performances from everyone involved especially Donnie Yen and the action is wonderfully choreographed. I recommend it for sure.
So have you seen Kung Fu Killer and if so what do you think of it? Be sure to leave your thoughts on the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀