‘Lone Wolf and Cub’ Inspired Thoughts Pertaining to ‘Legend of the Red Dragon’

Legend of the Red Dragon very obviously references the Japanese Lone Wolf and Cub movies, so a few of my random thoughts about this film were in regards to this seminal Japanese film series of the 1970s.   Random thought number 1: “The father / son relationship is modeled on the Japanese Lone Wolf and…

Random Thoughts on Legend of the Red Dragon

Background Info: Also known as The New Legend of Shaolin Made in Hong Kong, 1994 Directed by Wong Jing, choreographed by Corey Yuen, starring Jet Li as Hung Hei Kwun, Xie Mao as Ting Man and Chingmy Yau as Miss Red Bean. A full cast list can be found here: http://www.hkmdb.com/db/movies/view.mhtml?id=7802&display_set=eng A synopsis of the…

Fist of Legend – Choreography – Blog 3

This is the last installment of my blog about the action in Fist of Legend (choreographed by Yuen Wu ping). The previous installment dealt with the character of Funakoshi (played by Kurata Yasuaki), and his duel with Chen Zhen (played by Jet Li) in front of Huo Yuanjia’s tomb. Following on soon after the brilliant…

Fist of Legend – Choreography – Blog 2

This is the 2nd installment of an uber blog I have written about Yuen Wu Ping’s choreography in Fist of Legend. The first installment contained some introductory remarks about how important the choreography is in this movie and then focused on the character of the villainous General Fujita (played by Billy Chau). Veteran martial arts…

Fist of Legend – Choreography – Blog 1

Fist of Legend is chockablock with spectacular fight scenes. Choreographed by Yuen Wu Ping and starring Jet Li pitted against notable kung fu cinema screen fighters Chin Siu Ho, Kurata Yasuaki and Billy Chau, Legend is one of 8 or so movies Li and Yuen have worked on together. Some of their other collaborations, such…

Fist of Legend – drama versus kung fu

“Rarely has the division between the 'director' and 'martial arts director' created such a sense of two 'films' pulling in different directions. Gordon Chan's sober historical drama almost seems to edge towards a kung fu film where the hero realises that fighting cannot solve any of the conundrums about identity, loyalty and belonging that he…