Thursday, 19 August 2010

Jet Li is LEGEND - in case you didn't know.

Hello there old chums - first off, an apology for the somewhat lengthy silence here at Ka-Boomski. Basically, I've been busy. Got an MA to complete, other sites to write for, and have not left enough time for my beloved action blog, still in its infancy. Not the most nuturing parental approach, I know. Plus - basically there hasn't been too much newsworthy stuff on the action front of late. Yes, there was The A-Team, but I was so underwhelmed by that I couldn't bring myself to write it up. Not a disaster, but not the half the movie it might have been. Yawn.

Anyway, to the matter at hand; just as Jet Li is about to provide the Asian representation in the testosterone-dripping ensemble set to blow the big screen to smithereens in The Expendables (for which you can expect a review soon), Cine-Asia have decided to provide us with a good reminder as to why Jet belongs alongside those western action legends. (And Randy Couture and Terry Crews.) The Legend of Fong Sai-yuk (or simply The Legend) is one of the movies that really cemented Jet in the global consciousness as an iconic Chinese martial arts superstar, on a par with Bruce and Jackie. On top of which, it showed director/choreographer Corey Yuen at the height of his powers, paving the way for a career that would take him to Hollywood. (Disappointed the trailer below didn't see fit to mention DOA: Dead or Alive, though...)

Without further ado, synopsis & trailer:

Set in China's Ching Dynasty, The Legend of Fong Sai-yuk tells the story of a ruthless emperor who enslaves his people, and persecutes a courageous revolutionary group that is mobilizing to destroy his powerful regime. When young folk hero Fong Sai-yuk (Jet Li) discovers that his own father is a freedom fighter who has been targeted for retribution, he embarks on a heroic quest for justice that will unite his people and create a legend that will never be forgotten.

Special Features include: audio commentary by Hong Kong cinema expert Bey Logan; Hit Hard And Fly High – an exclusive interview with director and legendary Hollywood fight choreographer Corey Yuen-kwai; The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword – an exclusive interview with writer Jeff Lau; Dolby Digital Cantonese 2.0 and English 5.1 audio options; optional English subtitles.

The Legend Of Fong Sai-yuk (15) is released on DVD (£15.99) by Cine Asia on 6th September 2010.