My Father is a Hero: The power of promises (part 1)

My previous blog on My Father is a Hero was just a collection of random thoughts, but it also contained links to websites with a plot synopsis and cast and crew lists. An important theme that runs through My Father is a Hero is the importance of keeping faith, whether that be to other people,…

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…

Fist of Legend – the characters

The emotional complexity and depth of the characters is a strength of director Gordon Chan’s 1994 film Fist of Legend, and this is conveyed by action and dramatic scenes equally. These scenes combine to create a “fully developed political arena” in which “generic heroism” (1) (or lack of) is tested out by the film’s characters…

Fist of Legend – Upcoming Blogs

I am about to start posting a series of blogs about Fist of Legend (1994) – directed by Gordon Chan, choreographed by Yuen Wu Ping, and starring Jet Li, Chin Siu Ho, Kurata Yasuaki and Billy Chau. I don’t devote much space in my blogs to summarizing the plots of movies. Why bother when there…