The New Legend of Shaolin (1994)
Reviewed by: Arshadnm6 on 2005-04-08
Summary: Entertaining and sometimes over-the-top fun!!
A good entertaining movie formed on the basis of the ‘Wolf and Cub’ series of betrayal, death and revenge. Jet Li and his son are the only ones left after their entire village is wiped out by his friend. Soon enough after that, father and son are wondering about in search of food and shelter only to come face-to-face with their old arch enemy after some eventful adventures.

The interplay between Jet Li and kung fu kid, Tze Miu is amazing (notice Tze Miu was also with Jet Li, acting as his son, in ‘My Father is a Hero’). As would be expected from Wong Jing most of his films include over-the-top and sometimes intimate jokes, and this is no exception. The action is also surprisingly unpolished from Corey Yuen Kwai’s point of view. Also, the film does not carry a real plot and most of the cartoon-style characters are allowed to run wild where the only focussed person in the whole movie is Jet Li. Also, the red flower society makes an appearance in the film (and we get another appearance from Master Chen) and could be related in some regard to Jet Li’s Fong Sai Yuk I and II played by the special appearance of Wong Jing as the Legendary ‘Fong Sai Yuk’ at the end of the movie.

The action is spread throughout most of the film but obviously not thought out properly. Jet Li takes much more a lead role in this film as Wong-Fei-Hong in the ‘Once upon a Time in China series’ as he is developing into a more mature actor. All of the rest of the characters are quite forgetful and don’t leave any memorable displays.

Overall, a good entertaining film but only worth watching a few times before you start considering putting it in your car-boot sale. A funny movie with a lot of laughs and a huge chunk of action, but very little in regards to plot development.

Overall Rating: 6.6/10
Reviewer Score: 7