House of Fury (2005)
Reviewed by: pjshimmer on 2005-07-14
Summary: Sloppy fight scenes, mediocre story
House of Fury is the kind of movie that deserves some props for having pop stars actually attempting to do kung fu on the screen, but it's so mediocre that I have no choice but to trash it. Off the top of my head, Yuen Wo Ping has only choreographed two movies with fight scenes so silly and unpolished, they made me cringe. The two movies are Black Mask II and now House of Fury. The major problems are obvious traces of body doubling and wire usage. Now, most of us know that stunt doubles and wire are commonly used in action flicks, but if they do a good job, in my opinion the traces of these "tricks" can be minimized and they don't have to stand out like a sore thumb. To me, it is a sin and disgrace to utilize people who don't excel in delivering solid action. To his credit, Stephen Fung delivers pretty solid action scenes, but not so for Anthony Wong and Gillian Chung. There is sh*tload of opportunity for improvement.

Not something I'd want to watch again.

[5/10]