Fong Sai Yuk II (1993)
Reviewed by: Arshadnm6 on 2005-04-09
Summary: Good Sequel... but no Crowd Pleaser!!
Fong Sai Yuk (Jet Li) has only just joined the Red Flower Society when he is faced with numerous problems which involve getting a new love interest (Amy Kwok) whilst wooing her to get the secret identity of Master Chan’s (Adam Cheng Siu-Chow) heritage. Meanwhile, Fong Sai Yuk retains his first wife Ting Ting (Michelle Reis), which poses marital problems aplenty. Fong Sai Yuk’s mother (Josephine Siao) reunites with an old flame (director Corey Yuen) and gets her own separate and parallel storyline. Also, Fong Sai Yuk gets on the wrong side of another master in the Red Flower Society to set-up a deadly confrontation with him in a similar hostage crisis styled final fight (involving his mother this time as opposed to his father in the previous movie).

Everything about this movie is improved compared to ‘Fong Sai Yuk I’, especially the action scenes, nevertheless the comedy is somewhat overdone in this outing. Here, the one-versus-many action scenes (which include the use of swords) look just as good as the one-on-one encounters due to some nifty and innovative work by action directors Corey Yuen Kwai and Yuen Tak being on the same page and choosing good surroundings for these. The costumes are just as good as in the first part, the atmosphere is much more playful here and the choice of locations is spot on.

Again, Fong Sai Yuk is the talk of the town by awed friends and jealous enemies alike and the Manchu dynasty is not dealt with in this movie unlike the first part. Consequently, the movie is not as well developed as the first part and does not get any sense of urgency injected into it until much later on. Moreover, Fong Sai Yuk’s mother, Ting Ting and his new love interest seems to carry an unnecessary and time-crunching role throughout the movie. This high-budget movie does not carry such a claustrophobic feel throughout the movie and seems to be in touch with the extras in the movie. Also, the misplaced appearance of a possible Mushashi Miyamoto (Legendary Samurai of Japan) leaves audiences begging for a showdown between him and Fong Sai Yuk but left unsatisfied with the potential over his appearance.

Overall, this movie has fewer subplots and shocking twists and is not as well developed as the first part in terms of storyline (and it shows!!!). However, the movie is no disappointment and carries good entertainment value with other side actors contributing more to this movie as in the first part. An entertaining 1990’s martial arts old-style movie which ends with an unsatisfactory feel of lack of accomplishment for Fong Sai Yuk’s sake.

Overall Rating: 7.3/10
Reviewer Score: 7