Donnie Yen: the Dolph Lundgren of Hong Kong cinema. The Boston-bred brat finally proves himself with this one, an old-school type kung-fu flick with a modern edge. Donnie goes the full mile, producing, directing, and starring in this often-hated, sometimes-liked underground classic.
I like the film Legend of the Wolf (Huyen Thoai Son Tac) a lot. The plot’s standard, the directing is passable, the budget obviously wasn’t very high, and even the “artistic” way in which the movie unfolds, via incongrous flashbacks within flashbacks, doesn’t really help things. But all that aside, you still have a fairly decent movie with excellent action. Each kung-fu battle is good enough to be the “end fight” in any other martial arts film. The shots are sometimes too close or too blurry, and the editing is as jarring as MTV’s, but it still looks great.
Donnie Yen have some impressive martial arts in Legend of the Wolf (phim hanh dong 2020). He starts the film doing a basic movie style, but as the film progresses he adopts what seems to be a jeet kune do approach, even mimicking Bruce Lee’s war cries. Perhaps this is why Legend of the Wolf is called “The New Big Boss” in parts of the UK.
Just about every fight in this movie is a highlight, but the best is the sequence that begins with Donnie chasing through a forest after his enemies, and culminates in him taking on his main rival beside a waterfall. The running fight in the forest is one of the best Hong Kong action sequences ever, with Donnie Yen (Chan Tu Dan) taking on legions of henchmen, a guy with a revolver, and a guy who fights with claws. The sequence proves that there’s still some amazing things going on in Hong Kong cinema.
This film tells about the initial meeting of the legendary assassin Wolf and his sidekick. Flashbacks are set in a Canton community in the late ’40s where a local bandit chief threatens a man and his wife, leading to an explosive confrontation.
Genre: Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Drama
Directed By: Donnie Yen
Written By: Donnie Yen, Cub Chin
In Theaters: Jun 14, 1997 Wide
Cast: Donnie Yen, Dayo Wong, Carman Lee, Ben Lam Kwok Bun,
Runtime: 92 minutes
Studio: My Way Film Company