Film Review: Legendary Assassin (2008) by Wu Jing

“Legendary Murderer” was a film of firsts. Wu Jing and Nicky Li, a former battle choreographer and stunt member of the Jackie Chan Stunt Group, made their directorial debut, whereas singer, songwriter and mannequin Celina Jade (daughter of “Snake within the Eagle’s Shadow” and “Recreation of Demise II” movie star Roy Horan), made her appearing one. Allow us to see concerning the end result nonetheless. 

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Bo is a lonely murderer who solely appears to have one buddy on the earth, a restaurant proprietor (Kara Hui) who additionally occurs to be his handler. After killing Chairman Timothy Ma, a ruthless crime boss and the world’s most wished legal (Kou Zhan Wen) he finds himself stranded in an island because of a storm, and shortly befriends a neighborhood feminine police officer, Holly. The 2 bond much more because of a skirmish with a trio of criminals who additionally discover themselves in the one restaurant left open, within the first quite spectacular battle of the film. When the physique of the aforementioned crime boss is discovered, all hell breaks unfastened and shortly, the police drive of the island is about towards scores of criminals, with Bo being the one one who may help them survive.

One factor is kind of widespread within the HK motion motion pictures when the (motion) administrators additionally star, is that they make themselves look exceedingly cool, highly effective, even good-looking every so often, and even the entire above mixed. Sammo Hung did it, Donnie Yen did it, so there was no purpose for Wu Jing to not do it. Sadly, he went a bit overboard, since, aside from an all highly effective fighter who’s the epitome of coolness, can be quite interesting to ladies, a terrific cook dinner, affected person with the idiocy of the native buffoons (aka cops) plus probably the most virtuous killer for rent of all time, to the purpose that even Leon could be jealous. This side turns into quite annoying after a style, as a lot because the trademark nonsensical script, however thankfully, in different phrases, the film actually thrives. 

The motion choreography by the 2 administrators is as intricate as it’s brutal, and in addition fairly aplenty, in a tactic that positively provides to the leisure the film provides. Beginning with the preliminary homicide, persevering with with the 2 towards three (together with a real large) battle within the restaurant, the varied one-on-ones within the slim streets of the island, and the quite spectacular as a lot as extreme one towards a whole lot ultimately, the artistry right here is greater than evident. Moreover, the truth that Wu Jing is in high kind turns into fairly apparent from the start, together with his velocity and agility being a real marvel to look at at, even when the enhancing additionally helps in that regard. Significantly the moments which are offered in gradual movement, to ensure that the viewer to each recognize his actions and catch his velocity, are actually outstanding, amongst people who positively deserve a number of views. 

Other than the motion side, the movie additionally works nicely by way of ambiance. The situation positively provides in that regard, with the stranded island with the slim streets inducing the narrative with a way of agony that factors in the direction of the thriller, and the identical making use of to the claustrophobic setting of the police precinct. DP Anthony Pun captures all of the aforementioned parts fairly artfully, with the general visible elements sometimes even pointing in the direction of the noir, in a method that reminds (a bit) of Johnnie To’s works (Lam Suet’s presence additionally helps in that regard). Chi-Wai Yau’s enhancing can be on a excessive stage, with the quite quick tempo becoming the general aesthetics of the film excellently.

Other than the self-idolization and the no-context side, none of that are uncommon for the class, “Legendary Killer” is a powerful film, a tribute to Wu Jing’s talents, and one other should for followers of motion/martial arts cinema.



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