Given that this film was made way back in 1993 and only just being given a mainstream DVD release shows how slow the west can be at catching up with classic Hong Kong martial arts movies.
I won't repeat a summary of the film as that's already given in the product description.
I watched this film in the cinema when it was originally released, and found it to be one of the most enjoyable and memorable martial arts films I can remember. This film, I think, is what really showed Jet Li's potential not only as an onscreen martial artist but also as an actor. The supporting cast is equally memorable, especially Josephine Siao as his mother.
The film centres around Fong Sai Yuk - a cheeky, hotheaded youth and a gifted martial artist. He has a good moral centre and always acts on his instinct of doing the right thing and standing up to those who bully or oppress others, but often gets himself into trouble as a result.
Fong Sai Yuk's character develops gradually from a juvenile to an adult as the story unfolds, with the weight of expectation and the chance to help a greater cause becoming increasingly more important. Despite this being a kung-fu film the plot is not sacrificed for the sake of action - a trend that has become all too common in martials arts movies.
Josephine Siao, playing Sai Yuk's mother, is by far the highlight in this film. She brings an element of comedy and light-heartedness that is refreshing in her role as a mother and wife, and the strength she has to keep the family together. She has taught her son kung-fu in order that he can protect himself, and the bond they share is extremely close. His sense of justice and morality is a reflection of her teachings and way of life.
The Legend of Fong Sai Yuk is a must-see for fans of Jet Li and martial arts films. If you are looking for a light-hearted action film with an excellent cast then you can't go wrong with this film.