on 17 April 2000
If your going purchase a kung fu film I suggest you make it this one. Directed by and starring Sammo Hung this is in my opinion his best film and easily one of the best Golden Harvest productions of the late 70's and early 80's. The plot revolves around cashier Hua (played by Cassanova Wong) who works in the local bank in a town called Fu Shan. He over hears his boss plot to kill the town official and quickly tells the local authority. Instead of being rewarded his actions he finds himself being ruthlessly persued by a gang of weapon wealding henchmen. Wounded he takes refuge with his friend Ya Chun (Sammo). In an attempt to out Hua from hiding the bad guys kill his mother. Now desperate for revenge and unable to do anything about it Hua decides to learn kung fu from Ya Chun's master (Leung Kar Yan). Slowly but surely he masters the art of wing chun. Eventually the news of Hua's whereabouts reach the bad guys and not long after his master is killed. Now with the help of his fellow students the revenge is coming! This movie is packed with action and it's choreographed to perfection. There's a nice blend of authentic wing chun and crazy techniques such as the mantis style peformed well by Fong Hak On. It's not all fighting, there is alot of fun here too, as you would expect from Sammo. Warriors Two is a must see for all kung fu movie fans...
on 5 February 2005
Sammo Hung's 'Warriors Two' is a period kung-fu pic about a bank cashier named Wah (Korean kicking sensation Casanova Wong ['Iron-Fisted Monk']) who goes into hiding after he unwittingly listened in on a dastardly plot by his boss Banker Mok (Fung Hark-On, ['Police Story']) to completely take over the whole town of FoShan and become its Village Head by trying to arrange an 'accident' for the current one. Unfortunately a trap is set for Wah and is savagely beaten half to death by Mok's goons, and he is taken to kung-fu teacher Sifu Leung Jan (Leung Kar-Yan) -- who is a Wing Chun Master (who would be played by Yuen Biao in 1983's classic 'The Prodigal Son') -- for treatment and protection until his injuries recover.
However, Mok tries to lure Wah out of hiding by killing his mother (in Chinese traditions of this era it was the done thing to avenge the deaths of murdered friends and family). However, Fatty (Sammo Hung), a student of Leung Jan, tries to improve his chances by getting Sifu Leung to take Wah on as his student. The request is initially rejected due to the vengeful intentions (a no-no in martial arts disciplines), but, after a disgraceful and humiliating attempt at Fatty acting as Sifu (a scene worthy of a chuckle), Sifu Leung capitulates and teaches the various Wing Chun principles and techniques. But more trouble lies ahead for Leung himself...
Released in 1978, this movie still has what it takes to be considered a classic of the period kung-fu movie genre, and Sammo's usual flair for directing and choreographing superlative martial artistry really shows for the first time here, and other martial talent adds to the fun, such as Lam Ching-Ying ['Mr Vampire, The Prodigal Son'], Yuen Biao ['The Prodigal Son, Project A'], Lau Kar-Wing ['Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Stars; Skinny Tiger, Fatty Dragon'] and Lee Hoi-San ['Game Of Death 2, Magnificent Butcher, Project A'] as an Iron Bell fighter who seems to be impervious to any blows, be they from fists, feet or weapons. We also have Dean Shek playing his usual weasel-like twisted bad guy that became popular when he appeared in 'Snake In The Eagle's Shadow' and 'Drunken Master'.
Casanova Wong's performance overall is not as good as those of other great Hong Kong cinema performers in terms of acting (normally he played bad guys), but this is his biggest movie role, and he does a very good job of the combat scenes, and his much-talked-about jump-spinning back kick over a table remains a memorable moment to this day.
Lead bad-guy player Fung Hark-On gets what I reckon is his best baddie role outside of Jackie Chan's 'Police Story', and he too is very memorable here (also providing a twist near the end).
The revenge formula itself is familiar, but what Sammo has done is inject some broad (sometimes dark) humour and put some little twists into it to make it a bit different. Also, as fans will know, Sammo's choreography brings out the best in any on-screen performer, usually making them look nothing but their very best (you only have to look at Jackie Chan's performances in the movies where he was choreographed by Sammo for further testament to this).
The biggest surprise for me was just what a wonderful job Hong Kong Legends did of restoring the picture quality. It was so crisp that you would scarcely believe it was made as far back as 1978!
Extras include Bey Logan's non-stop feature length audio commentary, plus a Making-Of documentary featuring interviews with Sammo Hung, Casanova Wong, Leung Kar-Yan, Fung Hark-On and Wing Chun teacher Sifu Guy Lai. You also get the usual trailers (both the UK Promotional and the Original Theatrical Hong Kong one) and those of other current and future titles from Hong Kong Legends and Premier Asia, as well as a choice between English dubbing and Cantonese with remastered English subtitles.
If you love period kung-fu pics, especially if you liked 'The Prodigal Son', you absolutely must consider this. It's a classic.
on 9 January 2001
Sammo Hung is outstanding infront and behind the camera, producing an old school martial arts movie which betters 'Drunken Master' and 'Magnificent Butcher' in terms of both fight sequences and humour. Casanova Wong, who i first saw in the best fight ever captured on celluloid, opposite Bruce Lee in Game of Death (uncut, in a conservatory,ALL KICKS!) is the star of the film. His leg kung fu seems somewhat wasted in a Wing Chun based movie, although the opening scene and the flying spin kick at the end show just how good he was. Great support from Leung kar-lan and Fung Hark On surpass the pure cheese story (there isn't one, really) and the fights are just so amazing. A classic and a definite purchase for any martial arts fans.
on 19 March 2015
Cashier Hua is a ordinary man who works in a Bank. However one night he accidentally over hears that his boss Mok is planning to murder the head of the town. After failing to save the man's life he is forced into hiding. Eventually Kung Fu Master Leung Jan decides to train him so he can defend himself.
Sammo Hung returned to the directors chair for this fast paced and exciting Kung Fu flick. This was the second film he had full creative control over, the first was The Iron Fisted Monk which was made in 1977.
Hung's style of directing was different to that of other classic film makers such as Chang Cheh for example. Cheh liked his action scenes to be one verses all which would result in a massive blood bath and a high kill count. Hung however prefered his films to be man verses man in a showdown that would pit one man's skills against anothers.
In the lead we have Korean actor Casanova Wong as the innocent Cashier Hua. His martial arts skills are lethal and his spin kicks have to be seen to be believed. He is supported by Sammo Hung himself in a more comical role as Fat Chun a would be grocer who usually ends up losing all his stock due to poor bets or hunger. Bryan Leung Ka-yan plays the martial arts master Leung Jan who reluctantly decides to teach those two bumbling idiots the art of Wing Chun.
The villains consist of three bad guys. One carries a spear, the other is seemingly invincible to body attacks and the other who is prohaps the most deadly of the three is a older bearded man with powerful leg and arm attacks. All the fight sequences are perfectly staged with fast movements that don't look as if they have been speeded up. My personal favourite was when Hung takes out two swordsman. The worst however has to be when Hung takes part in a silly 'comical' style fight with a skinny bad guy who suffers from cramps.
Overall with the exception of the slapstick humour which you have to except in these kinds of movies, its almost faultless.
on 27 July 2007
.The film concentrates on the style of Wing chun decribing its origins and history, at the begining.This film has everything you want from a kung fu film,great fighting and plenty of it with Sammo hung, Leung kar yan and the unsong Cassanova Wong in the main roles,excellent traing sections some humoures moments and a classic end fight.The plots ok, pretty standard revenge formula, with Cassonava wong playing the hero in need of some training from the reluctant wing chun master played brilliantly by leung kar yan, to go after the bad guys who want him dead,Sammo plays 1 of the wing chun students who obviously gets in on the action.Made in the 'Golden period' of kung fu when decent money was spent on old skool movies ie 1980-85,the filming and sound are as good as it gets.Aside from a couple of silly fights this is an all time classic and should be in any kung fu fans collection.
on 10 September 2000
When it comes to leg kung-fu there is no one on the planet who can even lick the boots of Cassanova Wong, indeed the famous flying-spin kick over the table does nothing except exemplify this.Samo shows once again that when it comes to direction & choreography he's up thre with the very best, I guess all I can say about W2 is that it is without question the greatest of all Kung-Fu films, a real masterpiece. All fans of video should have this classic in their collection no matter their taste.
Despite claims from (inevitably) Bey Logan that Warriors Two is one of the greatest and most groundbreaking martial arts films ever made, the reality is a tediously cliché-ridden revenge/sifu-student number from the days when fight scenes in Hong Kong movies looked like unconvincingly choreographed Morris dancing displays where the protagonists go out of their way NOT to hit anyone. For the first 70 minutes or so the style is horribly formal and unconvincing - even when one of the heroes is fighting stabbed in the back and with a bear trap on his leg he's more concerned with hitting his marks than his opponents - before overstretched director/writer/co-star/action choreographer Sammo Hung starts to show some imagination, and even then it's a long, long way from his best. The main thing keeping you awake until then is playing "guess the soundtrack," with cues misappropriated from Jerry Goldsmith's Bandolero!, Coma and Capricorn One, Roy Budd's The Wild Geese and Elmer Bernstein's The Sons of Katie Elder getting a vigorous workout - not to mention a deliriously insane moment where the period picture opts for a rock'n'roll number for a teahouse scene! Still, it gets an extra mark for making the villain a bank manager.