The good stuff
You have to be a fan of wire-fu antics and elongated martial arts scenes to appreciate a film like this, but if you do then you're getting one of the most spectacular and creative films in the genre.
If you liked the first Fong Sai-Yuk, there's really no reason why you wouldn't like this one. Filmed in succession, released in the same year, with pretty much the same primary cast. These films are a playground for Corey Yuen, who was able to work out some of the best martial arts routines of the 90s for these films. Other than that, you'll find the usual mix of comedy and action, with most of the attention going to martial arts scenes. True genre fare, but close to the best in its class.
Wong teams up with legendary action director Corey Yuen and martial arts legend Jet Li. Some people may look down on Wong, but he never had any problems working with the greats of Hong Kong cinema. Legend of the Red Dragon is a trademark early 90s Hong Kong martial arts spectacle, a golden era for Hong Kong action cinema.
The Hong Kong movie industry was such a well-oiled machine back then that they could pump out films like this almost with their eyes closed. Very typical cinematography, razor sharp editing, impressive fight (and other) choreographies and a little comedy in between to take the edge off.
The center part drags a little and the film can't quite compete with the very best in the genre (films like Fong Sai-Yuk and Iron Monkey), but it's an all-out martial arts roller coaster that offers plenty entertainment and should appeal to everyone with a soft spot for Hong Kong martial arts cinema.
A simply but amusing sequel that sees Stephen Chow taking another jab at the famous Bruce Lee classic. If you like Chow's trademark comedy, there's plenty to enjoy here. Some crazy fight scenes, some utterly daft but hilarious jokes and solid pacing. It's not the greatest film ever, but it's damn good filler.
Worthy but flawed
Jing Wong and Corey Yuen team up together for Casino Raiders. That raises expectations of course, sadly the film doesn't really deliver. The first part in particular is too straight-faced, not something Hong Kong cinema is particularly good at. The second half is when both directors come into their own.
Sam and Crab, two Macau gamblers/friends, get into serious trouble with the Yakuza. They try to weasel their way out of it, but the Yakuza isn't willing to just let this one slide. A high-stake cards game is going to decide about their future, but that's no surprise with Jing Wong hanging around.
The first hour is a little tough, after that the fun starts. Lau, Kwan and Tam are perfect for this kind of work and with some decent gambling scene and a couple of fun action moments Casino Raiders redeems itself. Its excessive runtime does keep the film from being an easy recommend, but if you've got some time to spare, the second half is worth it.