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Yuen Woo Ping revives a legend
on 10 July 2002
After reading the reviews on this film I just had to submit my own as they do not do this film justice at all!
Leung Kar Yan stars as Fok Yun Gap (Bruce Lee`s master in Fist of Fury) and portrays one variation of his life story. Set in turn of the 20th Century China it begins with a young Fok Yun Gap as a weak youngster whose father (played by Hong Kong screen legend Philip Kao) refuses to teach him the family fighting style. Instead he learns from Kurata Yusuaki who poses as a teacher in order to learn the families fighting style. After many years of training Fok Yun Gap becomes Chinas premier martial artist, beating all challengers. After one of his foes, a Japanese Karate expert, kills himself in shame at his defeat the Japanese send their top fighter to challenge Fok to a duel to the death. In a tragic twist the Japanese master turns out to be Foks old teacher and the 2 go at it with only one surviving the victor.
Woo Ping directs one of his best pictures, blending a good storyline and fine action to produce a very watchable film. Leung Kar Yan turns in his finest performance, without his usual style of overacting and performs the many fight sequences with great finesse considering he has never studued any martial arts. With all the wire work ruining the modern Hong Kong actioners its great to see the old school flicks showing how it should be done.