films seen
30
average score
2.53*
nationality
Hong Kong - 71 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Arguably a better action choreographer than an overall director, even so Corey Yuen was responsible for a couple of stand-out martial arts films. If you're in the mood for some Eastern action cinema, Yuen has a solid oeuvre to explore.

The good stuff

All for the Winner

Du Sheng
1990 / 101m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Action
4.0*/5.0*
All for the Winner poster

The Legend of Fong Sai-Yuk

Fong Sai Yuk
1993 / 100m - Hong Kong
Action
The Legend of Fong Sai-Yuk poster

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.

The Legend of Fong Sai-Yuk 2

Fong Sai Yuk Juk Jaap
1993 / 95m - Hong Kong
Action
The Legend of Fong Sai-Yuk 2 poster

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.

Solid pieces

So Close

Chik Yeung Tin Si
2002 / 111m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Action
3.5*/5.0*
So Close poster

The Transporter

Le Transporteur
2002 / 92m - France
Action, Thriller, Crime
3.5*/5.0*
The Transporter poster

Legend of the Red Dragon

Hong Xi Guan: Zhi Shao Lin Wu Zu
1994 / 95m - Hong Kong
Action
3.5*/5.0*
Legend of the Red Dragon poster

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.

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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.

Saviour of the Soul 2

Jiu er Shen Diao Xia lu Zhi Chi Xin Chang Jian
1992 / 92m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Sci-fi, Fantasy
3.5*/5.0*
Saviour of the Soul 2 poster

In the Line of Duty 2

Huang Jia Shi Jie
1985 / 93m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Drama, Action, Crime
3.5*/5.0*
In the Line of Duty 2 poster

The inoffensive

The Avenging Fist

Kuen Sun
2001 / 92m - Hong Kong
Sci-fi, Fantasy, Action
3.0*/5.0*
The Avenging Fist poster

Hero

Ma Wing Jing
1997 / 97m - Hong Kong
Action
3.0*/5.0*
Hero poster

Fist of Fury 1991 II

Man Hua Wei Long
1992 / 93m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Action
3.0*/5.0*
Fist of Fury 1991 II poster

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.

Saviour of the Soul

Gauyat Sandiu Haplui
1991 / 92m - Hong Kong
Drama, Fantasy, Action
3.0*/5.0*
Saviour of the Soul poster

Dragons Forever

Fei Lung Maang Jeung
1988 / 102m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Romance, Action
3.0*/5.0*
Dragons Forever poster

Worthy but flawed

The Twins Effect 2

Chin Gei Bin 2: Fa Dou Daai Jin
2004 / 106m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Fantasy, Action
2.5*/5.0*
The Twins Effect 2 poster

Ghost Punting

Wu Fu Xing Chuang Gui
1991 / 94m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Action
2.5*/5.0*
Ghost Punting poster

The Top Bet

Du Ba
1991 / 94m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Romance, Action
2.5*/5.0*
The Top Bet poster

Casino Raiders

Zhi Zun Wu Shang
1989 / 127m - Hong Kong
Action, Crime
2.5*/5.0*
Casino Raiders poster

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.

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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.

Above the Law

Zhi Fa Xian Feng
1986 / 85m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Action, Thriller, Crime
2.5*/5.0*
Above the Law poster

Ninja in the Dragon's Den

Long Zhi Ren Zhe
1982 / 95m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Action
2.5*/5.0*
Ninja in the Dragon's Den poster

Dubious filler

Black Rose II

Hak Moi Gwai Yee Git Gam Lan
1997 / 92m - Hong Kong
Comedy
2.0*/5.0*
Black Rose II poster

Mahjong Dragon

Ma Qiao Fei Long
1997 / 97m - Hong Kong
Action
2.0*/5.0*
Mahjong Dragon poster

The Enforcer

Gei Ba Ba De Xin
1995 / 104m - Hong Kong
Drama, Action, Thriller, Crime
2.0*/5.0*
The Enforcer poster

The Bodyguard from Beijing

Zhong Nan Hai Bao Biao
1994 / 92m - Hong Kong
Action, Thriller, Crime
2.0*/5.0*
The Bodyguard from Beijing poster

Women on the Run

Chi Luo Kuang Ben
1993 / 89m - Hong Kong
Action
2.0*/5.0*
Women on the Run poster

Plain forgettable

And Now You're Dead

Gwan Geun Shut Daam
1998 / 95m - Hong Kong
Action
1.5*/5.0*
And Now You're Dead poster

She Shoots Straight

Huang Jia Nu Jiang
1990 / 87m - Hong Kong
Action, Crime
1.5*/5.0*
She Shoots Straight poster

Game of Death II

Si Wang Ta
1981 / 86m - Hong Kong
Action, Mystery
1.5*/5.0*
Game of Death II poster

Big nopes

No Retreat, No Surrender 2

1987 / 92m - USA
Action, Adventure
1.0*/5.0*
No Retreat, No Surrender 2 poster

Irritation overload

DOA: Dead or Alive

2006 / 87m - USA
Action, Adventure
0.5*/5.0*
DOA: Dead or Alive poster

No Retreat, No Surrender

1986 / 85m - USA
Comedy, Action, Crime
0.5*/5.0*
No Retreat, No Surrender poster