Don’t let the corny title of KUNG FU KILLER fool you; it is actually a top notch martial arts action-thriller. I admit the title almost dissuaded me from watching the film, however I’m glad I didn’t let it. With a riveting storyline, massive levels of intensity, and some brutal fight scenes, this is one film I’m definitely glad to add to my collection. If you are a fan of high adrenaline action, this film is for you!
If you are not familiar with KUNG FU KILLER, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Well Go USA:
A vicious killer stalks the streets of Hong Kong, methodically executing top martial arts competitors. Xia (Donnie Yen), a convicted killer and kung fu expert, offers to help police find the killer and put him behind bars in return for his own freedom. The killer eludes them again and again, taunting the cops – and Xia, his new target – to discover his next moves. Xia refuses to play his lethal game…until the killer threatens the woman he loves most.
Donnie Yen just keeps getting better and better. I am continuously impressed with his work. If he can keep this type of momentum going, he will be a household name, much like Bruce Lee.
KUNG FU KILLER is shot well and looks great from a production standpoint. But the story itself is what sells this film. It pretty much grabs you from the start, and it never lets go. I found myself enjoying it just as much as the action sequences.
The acting is very good, with the afore mentioned Donnie Yen headlining a great cast. Yen delivers his drama just as powerfully as he doles out punches. Joining Yen this time is Baoqiang Wang, who seems to quickly be making a name for himself in martial arts flick circles. Wang does a great job portraying a cripple who has overcome his disability with deadly fighting skills. I hope to see more of him in the future.
The fight scenes in KUNG FU KILLER are pure joy, and I have to admit they are some of the best I have seen this year. They seem to be more brutally realistic than some, filled with cracking bones and smashed skulls. I think this realism makes the intensity higher, which in turn makes for a more immersive film experience.
KUNG FU KILLER is a major win for me, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a thriller with some excellent action. The film is available now in a variety of formats, so check it out.