Monday, July 8, 2013

Wuxia film review: The Four (Plus Trailer)

The Four

How did I not hear about this movie? The Four features characters from a continuing series of Wuxia novels (Si Da Ming Bu (四大名捕; The Four Great Constables) by Malaysian Chinese writer Wen Ruian. Co-directed by Gordan Chan (Jet Li's Fist of Legend, Painted Skin) and starring Anthony Wong. This movie was right up my alley. It is a great Fantasy film that harkens back to the early 90's Tusi Hark produced/directed films but of course it looks better with modern effects.

Fantastic wire-fu and excellent intrigue abound make this a must see for Hong Kong movie fans getting tired of the dark and massive scale war movies (Red Cliff, Warlords) that seem to be dominating period martial arts film of late. It also has Zombies! ha-ha.

Anthony Wong carries this film well as the star and it sets up nicely for two more films in a trilogy.

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