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Movie Review: Kung Fu Jungle

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Kung Fu Jungle opens today!
The movie was previously named Kung Fu Killer and Last of the Best
There are just so many highlights about this movie which I will be elaborating further….
Thank you Clover Films for inviting me to the gala premiere!

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Kung Fu Jungle features mainly Donnie Yen, Wang Bao Qiang and Charlie Yeung
To many, Donnie Yen has made a name for himself through Ip Man
However, I have been a fan of Donnie Yen since he portrayed Chen Zhen in the drama Fist of Fury back in 1995

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At 51, Donnie Yen still got what it takes!
His fast paced choreographed martial arts scenes were impeccable and there were no signs of slowing down
Donnie Yen, as Ha Houmou started the movie off with an impressive scene in the prison
where he fights against 17 men in order to gain the attention of Police Inspector (Charlie Yeung)
It’s been a long time since we last saw Charlie Yeung on the big screen and she shares the majority of the scenes in Kung Fu Jungle with Donnie Yen

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The action scenes were very appropriately fitted throughout the show
You may find the storyline predictable, but that wasn’t what I signed up for
I wanted to catch every inch of Donnie Yen’s moves and Kung Fu Jungle has made it extremely satisfying
Sharing Donnie Yen’s screen time is Wang Bao Qiang – a Shaolin trained actor – who has showcased equally swift moves, maintaining that kungfu should be a skill to kill and not practiced for show
His ruthless character went looking for opponents by following the sequence of a Kungfu formula:
“Boxing first, kicking, grappling and then from inner to outer”
Swallowed by the grief of losing his wife, the negativity powered him to outdo himself and would kill to be the best of the best

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He leaves this metal swallow piece on each dead opponent
signifying that it was his consolation gift to the loser of the match

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The Best fight sequence of the entire movie was the final battle between Donnie Yen and Wang Bao Qiang
Both had to be looking out onto traffic conditions and focusing on the fight routine
There were many parts where you will actually cringe and secretly hope there won’t be any morbid accidents
and please let the fight continue…

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Stay seated at the end of the movie to enjoy the touching tribute made to all time martial arts stars including
Veteran kungfu star David Chiang
Golden Harvest founder Raymond Chow
Action choreographer Tony Leung Siu-hung
Director Kirk Wong
Car stunts expert Bruce Law
Jackie Chan

I’m sure you would recognize them if you were a fan of Hong Kong martial arts dramas and movies of the 1970s to 1990s
They were all included in the movie and have taken cameo roles from prison guards to truck driver to an interviewing police officer and for Jackie Chan, his old movie the Drunken Master was shown on TV in the movie

On the whole, I enjoyed every minute of Kung Fu Jungle and would definitely take my dad, who’s a kungfu junkie to watch it again!

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Synopsis

A martial arts instructor (Donnie Yen) working at a police academy gets imprisoned after killing a man by accident. But when a vicious killer (Wang Baoqiang) starts targeting martial arts masters, the instructor offers to help the police in return for his freedom.

Cast

Donnie Yen, Wang Bao Qiang, Charlie Yeung

Director

Teddy Chan

Watch the trailer

 

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