Young tai chi master Hawk-man (Jacky Wu) battles corrupt Chinese officials and outlaws in an attempt to stop the flow of opium into his country. Meanwhile, he’s also vying to win the heart of a beautiful and brainy revolutionary, Yueng Wan (Christy Chung), in spite of her arranged betrothal to a high-ranking official. This patriotic Hong Kong martial arts thriller includes plenty of lightning-fast fight sequences and acrobatic action spectacles.
Yuen Woo-ping (Chinese: 袁和平; pinyin: Yuán Hépíng; born 1945 in Guangzhou, China) is a Chinese martial arts choreographer and film director, renowned as one of the most successful and influential figures in the world of Hong Kong action cinema. He is one of the inductees on the Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong. Yuen is also a son of Yuen Siu-tien, a renowned martial arts film actor.
Yuen achieved his first directing credit in 1978 on the seminal Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow, starring Jackie Chan, followed quickly by Drunken Master. The films were smash-hits, launching Jackie Chan as a major film-star, turning Seasonal Films into a major independent production company, and starting a trend towards comedy in martial arts films that continues to the present day.
Yuen went on to work with such figures as Sammo Hung in Magnificent Butcher (1979), Yuen Biao in Dreadnaught (1981), Donnie Yen in Iron Monkey (1993), and Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh in Tai Chi Master (1993) and Wing Chun… read more