August 1, 2013 Leave a comment
I haven’t done a kung fu flick article in some time now and find that fact as a good excuse to write one today. Now I have a rather expansive list of kung fu films I have seen that I can call upon. The problem is which one do you write about. I could have gone with something from Shaw Bros. era or picked up some of the main stream martial arts films. I decided on one that has a rather wide reaching story and also a cultural importance. When I say cultural importance, I am more or less referring to the influence that the movie has on future films that look to emulate the film or feed off of it. Fist of Legend is probably one of the best kung fu films around and also the movie that really launched Jet Li’s career and got fight choreographer Yuen Woo-Ping to be recognized as one of the premier fight choreographers. Fast action, intense fight scenes, and rather rich back story set against the second Sino-Japanese War.