Coming to Bluray from director Roy Chow and Well Go USA Entertainment is the story of a different kind of gang where one will become the “Rise of the Legend.”
It is the 1800s in Guangzhou at the Huangpu Port during the Qing Dynasty. Running the streets are The Black Tiger gang and the Northern Sea. Gang boss Lei Gong (Sammo Hung) continues to try and get rid of the Northern Sea. The way to do this is recruit new young men to become fighters. Wong Fei Hung (Eddie Peng) catches the crime boss’ attention and not only trains the young man and makes him one of his “Four Tigers” but calls him son.
The North Sea gang has a plan of their own and are not about to let Gong take over the city without a fight. A fight that may very well lead to the destruction of a city.
Through all the twists and turns, it becomes clear that Wong Fei Hung has a game plan of his very own and what is to come — no one suspected or was prepared for!
Peng as Wong Fei Hung is totally disarming with his ability to truly play the role of a young man who keeps us on our toes. Not letting on for a moment, there comes a single moment when Fei must decide if the fight is worth the loss.
Jing Boran as Fiery is a strong character and doesn’t seem to have a problem fighting to the bitter end. Part of the Orphan Gang, his story unfolds and the martial arts come out strong. Byron Mann as Black Crow is another of the sons’ who actually likes being part of the gang.
Wang Luodan as Chun is a quiet but keeps her eyes open. Knowing that she must not bring attention to herself, Luodan does a brilliant job of hiding in plain sight. I loved watching her glide through the streets and yet when she needed to, had no problem using martial arts to get her point across. Angelababy as Xiao Hua is a young woman who is gorgeous but wicked in her own right.
Hung as Master Lui has made quite a name for himself in Martial Arts film. I first saw this actor in 2001 in the film “The Legend of Zu” as well as “Kung Fu Hustle” in 2004 and finally “Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon.” Once again Hung gives a character toughness along with fancy footwork and a smirk that would scare anybody! He is fun to watch.
Other cast include: Zhang Jin as Wu Long, Wong Cho-lam as Big Tooth, Qin Junjie as Foon, Jack Feng as North Evil, Byron Mann as Black Crow, and Gao Taiyu as Wing.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Rise of the Legend” four tubs of popcorn out of five. This film has so much going for it because of the twists and turns. Nope, I have no intention of giving away anything! The film is definitely action oriented from start to finish with some amazing fight scenes and martial arts choreography.
The story is very well told and personally I am a fan of the plots twists and turn. The set design and costuming lend to making the story even more intense to watch. Martial Arts films have become so amazing to watch because of a combination story, design and costuming told through the very capable eye of director Roy Chow.
Director Chow is responsible for writing and directing “Murderer” in 2009 and “Nightfall” in 2012. The later film is one that once again brings twists and turns to a storyline that kept me wondering what was going to happen next. Chow has the ability to write up a good story that keeps audiences riveted to the very end.
The Bluray includes the bonus features of The Making of “Rise of the Legend” and the original trailer for the film. Coming in at 132 minutes, the film can be viewed in Mandarin with English subtitles or the choice of English language.
In the end — justice has come back to town!