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Fong Sai-Yuk II
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Jet Li and Amy Kwok in Fong Sai-Yuk 2.
 
AKA: The Legend of Fong Sai-Yuk 2
Year: 1993
Director: Corey Yuen Kwai
Producer: Jet Li Lian-Jie
Action: Corey Yuen Kwai, Yuen Tak
Cast: Jet Li Lian-Jie, Josephine Siao Fong-Fong, Michelle Reis, Amy Kwok Oi-Ming, Adam Cheng Siu-Chow, Corey Yuen Kwai, Ji Chunhua
The Skinny: The very-quick sequel to the classic Fong Sai-Yuk has large shoes to fill. So large, in fact, that this sequel can only be viewed as a disappointment. However, the action is worth the price of admission.
  Review
by Kozo:
     Quick follow-up to impressive the Fong Sai-Yuk features even more hijinks of the Hong Kong variety. This time, Fong (Jet Li) ends up working for the Sun Flower Soceity, and also gets a new love interest (Amy Kwok, AKA: Mrs. Lau Ching-Wan). As you'd expect in a kung-fu comedy, Fong also retains old wife Ting Ting (professional scenery Michelle Reis), which means comedic marital problems aplenty. Meanwhile, Fong Sai-Yuk's mother (the fabulous Josephine Siao) reunites with an old flame (director Corey Yuen). Plus there's bad guys and fighting.
     Topping the last film seems impossible...and it is! While this sequel serves up the same combination of comedy, action and drama, the story itself seems more trite and uninteresting. The comedy can be agreeable, but the extended shtick can sometimes feel interminable. The fantastic action choreography shores things up, and director Yuen nearly redeems the entire film with his final action set-piece. In that classic sequence, Fong must keep a mountain of chairs in place while fighting an army of bad guys. If he falters in his task, his mother dies via hanging! While the ending is never in doubt, the sheer panache of the sequence causes enough thrills and chills to make the film worth seeing. (Kozo 1995/1998)
Notes: • Fong Sai-Yuk was cut, dubbed and released in the US by Disney as The Legend. Following that, Fong Sai-Yuk II has been given the same treatment and been retitled...The Legend 2. Those marketing experts at Disney sure earn their paychecks.
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Universe Laser
Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 5.1
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles
Also see: Fong Sai-Yuk (1993)

image courtesy of Universe Laser & Video Co., Ltd.

   
 
 
 
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