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The Wrath of Vajra [Blu-ray]
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"A return to old-fashioned martial arts action" - Variety
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There were annoyances and some sub-par moments-- my husband disliked the main child actor, and neither of us thought much of the so-so main actress, who did little with the tiny amount of material she was given. But the fights, i.e. the main course of a movie like this, were simply breathtaking. There wasn't a lot of gore, but the way the fight scenes were shot and acted often made me flinch while keeping me on the edge of my seat. The second big fight was particularly gripping, and the final battle was just perfect.
I rate this movie at four stars because I know it wasn't perfect, and I think certain things may grate on me in the inevitable rewatch. But it's a glorious, well-deserved four stars, and I don't think anyone who's into action movies or martial arts movies will regret a minute of this.
The group was disbanded and then ordered to rebuild after 12 years because China was tough to conquer. They managed to gather together. There is a female journalist (Yamei Zhang) who covers them and gives us a speech on integrity in reporting. There is a group of Allied POWs captured in Burma, who employ some American actors. We quickly discover three of the prisoners were former cult members.
Our main protagonist is former member K-29 (Yu Xing) who became a Sholin Buddhist, a habitual good guy in Chinese films. He is there to save everyone but must compete in three lengthy formulaic slo-mo/ fast speed fights. My favorite was the one against Crazy Monkey (Heon Jun Nam) who looked like he escaped from a "Juon" film.
The final fight is depicted on the cover. Like "Kill Bill" there is a move called the "seventeen seconds of death." Did K-29 master it? When will he possibly use it if he did? Okay, this wasn't a mystery, but the film has some minor twists.
Vajra is associated with the diamond and thunderbolts. It is powerful, hard, and indestructible.
The film is four stars on the Chinese martial arts scale.
No f-bombs, sex, or nudity. Plenty of violence with several bloody scenes. Faces being hit in slow motion, showing the skin flowing. No silly anti-gravity fighting.
I like the concept of kidnapping your enemy’s children and training them to be assassins for you. It’s dark and evil, a deeply disturbing idea that only a cunning genius could conceive. I’m not sure if this film is based on fact, but I would be very interested to find out.
THE WRATH OF VAJRA is shot very well and looks great onscreen. I believe they used a RED camera to film it, therefore the fight scenes in the rain look stunning. The rest of the production value is high, and the result is a very enjoyable movie experience.
The acting is pretty good, but the sole performance I did not enjoy is that of the child who portrays Little Brother (I cannot find the actor’s name for some reason). He spends most of the movie crying, which is understandable given the situation, but his tears get annoying very quickly. I found myself grimacing whenever he came onscreen.
But thankfully, the story and the action in THE WRATH OF VAJRA make up for that minor annoyance. The drama behind the story helps fan the flames of the action sequences when they heat up, and there’s plenty of them. I love the fighting in this film, and I look forward to seeing more of the lead actors (Xing Yu and Steve Yoo) in future films.
I greatly enjoyed THE WRATH OF VAJRA, and I suggest you give it a look if you’re looking for high-speed martial-arts action. Be sure and check it out on Blu-ray in order to get the full HD experience; you won’t regret it. The film is available now in a variety of formats.
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This movie is terrible but it does have some epic fight choreography and great slow-motion punch shots. It takes itself far too seriously and tries to be more epic than it is. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Frost
Excellent service and the movie was great. I couldn't be happier with my purchase!Published 3 months ago by Ed Boyt