It will be non-stop action on July 21 when Donnie Yen takes to the streets of Hong Kong in a nifty blend of urban parkour stunts and brilliantly staged martial arts sequences (fists, legs, swords, staffs … you name, this film has it) as the star of director Teddy Chen’s Kung Fu Killer.
Well Go USA has both DVD and Blu-ray editions planned for release on that date … the current domestic box office stands at $116,700 and the ARR is a swift-to-market 88 days.
Although the title of the film sounds like one of those ‘70s chop-socky film entries, Kung Fu Killer is anything but that. This is a big-budget, very slick action film that finds our hero, Hahou Mo (Yen), serving a five-year prison jolt after accidentally killing someone with his fists. It is here that he learns of a series of martial arts masters who have been recently killed in a series of one-on-one fights and quickly deduces who the killer is.
No one in authority will listen to him so he gets their attention (ouch)! Once he has that focus, and a half-dozen of his cellmates in the infirmary, he proposes a deal. Hahou Mo is willing to trade that information — and his skills — to help capture Hong Kong’s latest serial killer.
We know early on who the killer is, it’s a chap named Fung Yu-Sau (Wang Baoqiang), who was born with a birth defect that should have prevented him from ever becoming a skilled martial artist (and also a very capable parkour practitioner). After a tragedy in his life leaves him very much alone — and demented — he decides to take on as many masters (with very different styles) as he can in one-on-one death duels to prove his mettle.
With Fung taking on one master after another — and with the police and Hahou Mo in hot pursuit — we know that it is only a matter of time before the final showdown will take place. It’s no secret who will be the contestants in that final one-on-one match to the death!!!
Well Go USA’s Kung Fu Killer is presented in Cantonese with English subtitles. No word just yet on any bonus features.