Title(s) AKA: My Father Is Hero || Jet Li, is The Enforcer
Languages: ENGLISH Literally Translated Title: Letter To Daddy
Film Director(s): Corey Yuen Kwai
Film Producer(s): Charles Heung Wah-Keung || Woo Shu Yue Wah-Sing || Wong Jing
Action Director(s): Corey Yuen Kwai || Yuen Tak
Released: 1995 [Hong Kong]
Sub-Genre: Martial Arts
Plot: Jet Li plays an undercover cop from Beijing who is sent to Hong Kong to infiltrate the ring of a notorious crime boss. While away, his ailing wife dies, and his son comes to Hong Kong to find him...but finds serious danger instead...
Overview: Jet Li plays Kung Wei, an undercover cop from Beijing who is sent to Hong Kong to infiltrate the ring of a notorious crime boss. While Kung is away, his ailing wife dies. Kung's precocious son asks the Hong Kong police officer investigating his father to take him to Hong Kong to find him.
As the mob leader and his henchmen plan an elaborate heist, Kung Wei struggles not to reveal his identity even when his son is captured by the crime boss.
Cast: Jet Li Lian-Jie || Anita Mui Yim-Fong || Tze Miu || Blacky Ko Sau-Leung || Yu Rong Guang || Damian Lau (Chung Yan) || Ngai Sing || Bonnie Fu (Yuk Jing) || Ken Lo Wai-Kwong || Chui Naam Naam || Corey Yuen Kwai || Henry Fong Ping || Chun Kwai Bo || Cheung Wing Cheung || Paul Rapovski || Thorsten Nickel
Probably only the Hong Kong film industry could have produced this bizarre mixture of head-kicking martial arts action and daddy-and-me sentimentality. Veteran HK action director Cory Yuen (Fong Sai Yuk
), who staged Jet Li's fight sequences in Lethal Weapon 4
, steers the acrobatic Mainlander through a heart-tugging crime saga about a cop who has gone so far undercover that everyone, including his troubled son, thinks he's actually a bad guy. Pop-singing actress Anita Mui (Rouge
) is a policewoman from Hong Kong who befriends and protects the kid until father and son reconcile and team up against the crooks. The action episodes, which were performed without stunt doubles or wires, are eye-popping wonders, and the kid, Tze Miu, is a true prodigy. (Sensitive adults may be horrified by some of junior's more extreme stunt work.) The tough-guy emotionalism is often shamelessly effective. But Yuen is a by-the-numbers journeyman director, and for the most part this a flat, square, unimaginative exercise. --David Chute