Fong Sai Yuk II (1993)
Reviewed by: pjshimmer on 2002-11-23
Summary: Jet Li at his 1000% best
The first Chinese movie I saw in the U.S., Fong Sai Yuk 2 brought back sweet nostalgic memories and feelings. I was absolutely mesmerized by this movie as a kid. And the way Universe treated it on DVD with butchered music and scenes is no worse than Disney cutting 10 minutes out of the movie and dubbing it.

Jet Li, the most charismatic Chinese actor, has never appeared more charismatic. His charm is overwhelmingly evident. The supporting cast is also excellent, with Josephine Siao and the villain being the most outstanding. I love this movie because it has so much to offer. Despite an awkward plot and missing details within, the martial arts is as good as it gets - better choreographed than part 1; the music is hauntingly memorable - ladies get your cleanexes! There's plenty of humor, though not as particularly funny as the first 1. The story is bittersweet, heartbreaking and emotionally provocative. It really can't get better than this.

Actually, it can. This movie is without a doubt packed with flaws, the most painful being Adam Cheng "erasing" Jet Li's kung fu. In the movie, Jet Li already got the box that Adam wanted, but the writers obviously just wanted to audience to feel more for Jet Li so they made sure he got abused as much as possible. The result is several very confusing moments. So this near-perfect movie still had room for improvement.

Overall, the writers didn't do a good job. They tried too hard to get the audience involved with the story, resulting in a lot of emotional scenes, which is generally nice but do not match the merit of FSY 1. Still, this movie holds a special place within the author.

[10/10]