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Great action from Donnie Yen... and great acting?!,
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This review is from: Wu Xia [2011, HK] (a.k.a Wuxia) DVD - Uncut Foil Cover Edition (DVD)
Let's get this out of the way quickly: there are 2 DVD versions of this film, an awful bootleg version(title is in white towards the left side with a full photo shot of three characters) and this very nice Media Asia version(yellow cover with green foil lettering and 2 small figures). It's worth the extra money. So now on to the film itself... Donnie Yen plays Jinxi, a quiet, well respected family man in a small village. One day he stops a burglary, killing two dangerous criminals in the process accidentally-- or was it? Police detective Xu Bai(played in quirky fashion as only Takeshi Kaneshiro can) is on the case, and unwilling to believe there isn't more to Jinxi than he lets' on. Director Peter Chan shows no lag coming off the enjoyable Warlords, only this time he's traded action star Jet Li in for Donnie Yen-- and Donnie brings his A game! Astonishing as a performer in his own action direction is a given, but Yen showcases some real acting skill in the more quiet moments of the movie, which hasn't always been the case(but the action is always so good you can look past some stiff deliveries). As a martial arts enthusiast I may be rating this a little high, it's a slower film with plenty of buildup, although the payoff is there(including a fantastic ode to the Chang Cheh classic The One-Armed Swordsman). Great performances, stylish direction, and Donnie giving his best acting performance? HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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Initial post: Mar 15, 2013 11:10:41 AM PDT
Hey, Wilson! Glad to see you tackling some Hong Kong action! I've been so annoyed with most flicks out of China the last few years but this one's been on my radar, along with 2010's "Gallants". Despite the film's title, I'm hoping the action's a little more grounded. My goodness, I'm tired of epic wire-fu.
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 1:21:55 PM PDT
THE GHOST says:
Yo D. This Main Man. Glad to see you still write something once in awhile. Take care dude.
Posted on Jan 18, 2014 7:52:27 PM PST
John S. David says:
Your describing 2 DVD versions by their covers confuses me. What about the one pictured here? That would make 3, correct?
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