Kung Fu Killer
“A roundhouse kick from the past, a satisfying, old-school martial arts film” - G. Allen Johnson, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Fung Yu-Sau (Wang Baoqiang) is a fearsome fighter who is taking down Hong Kong’s greatest masters one by one, his invisible trail leaving the authorities completely in the dark. Mo Hahou (Donnie Yen), who is presently doing time for murder, is the only one who recognizes the signs of an expert martial artist at work, and therefore sees the ultimate motive behind the attacks. He offers detective Luk Yuen-Sum (Charlie Yeung) his services in exchange for his freedom. Fung, however, is unfortunately wiser and continues to stack up the bodies while escaping his pursuers. That’s when Hahou realizes that he’s the last name on the assassin’s hit list.
Donnie Yen is at the center of this hellraising action film, but it’s Wang Baoqiang (LOST IN THAILAND) who truly steals the show. More commonly known for his comedy, he demonstrates great range and undeniable talent for fighting as he deftly blends his athletic abilities and acting skills to create a different kind of villain. Script-wise, the narrative proves to be extremely entertaining and well-structured while combining various stylistic displays of Chinese martial arts. As far as fight scenes go, Yen surpasses himself once again. Remember IP MAN’s rousing scene in which he faces ten opponents at once? Well, wait ‘till you see him fight 17 prisoners in one session. Kick ass! Let’s just say good ol’ Donnie hasn’t lost any of his speed or fiery spirit.
KUNG FU KILLER is also a tribute to a pantheon of venerable experts and old-school fighters of Hong Kong cinema. Most of them play small parts while others are cameos in the background or on TV screens. Try to recognize as many as possible, but don’t worry if you miss a few because you’re too enthralled by the action on screen — they’ll all be revealed during the credits.
— Éric S. Boisvert