Jet Li may be better known for his role in Tsui Hark’s Once Upon a Time in China, but his humorous interpretation of another Shaolin legend, Fong Sai Yuk, brings out the best in him. Added into the mix is a superb performance by Josephine Siao, playing his modern and adorable mother, who is even prepared to cross-dress as a male kungfu master. Jeff Lau’s wizardry and amusing screenplay perfectly complement the powerful action sequences by director Corey Yuen. The result is a riotous profusion of images and visual spectacles, self-deprecating satirical humour complementing the serious, hard-hitting storyline, creating a level of intensity rarely seen in Hong Kong cinema. Flashes of pathos, moments of intense grief and joy, blood and laughter co-exist throughout – features that can be traced back to the early works of Yuen and Sammo Hung. –Rotterdam
Corey Yuen (Chinese: 元奎; pinyin: Yuán Kuí; Yale: Yuen4 Fui1; born Ying Gang-ming 15 February 1951; also credited as Corey Yuen Kwai and Yuen Kwai) is a Hong Kong action director, film director, producer and action choreographer. He was a member of the Peking Opera Schools and one of the Seven Little Fortunes. Yuen is perhaps best known as Rubber Legs’ student in 1979 kung fu comedy film Dance of the Drunk Mantis.
Yuen was born in Hong Kong and was one of Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao’s best friends during their days in the China Drama Academy Peking Opera School. They spent those days training in a harshly disciplined style under the watch of Master Yu Jim-yuen. He would go to appear as an extra in Hong Kong action films during the “chop socky” era of the 1970s.
In 1970s, Yuen had three Hwang Jang Lee films: Secret Rivals 2 (1977) as Silver Fox’s henchman; The Invincible Armour (1977) as Assassin; and film Dance of the Drunk Mantis… read more