My Father Is a Hero (1995)
Reviewed by: pjshimmer on 2002-01-13
Jet Li's transition into modern actionaires wasn't quite as successful as he would have liked. As a huge fan, I think he should have sticked to period films, what he really excels in. Still looking good, Jet Li's My Father is a Hero offers nothing new. He failed to distinguish himself from other stars. Still, this is a great piece; you just need some patience.

The story takes a while to warm up, and for a while you won't know what's going on. Once warm, it gets pretty exciting, even though it won't keep you on the edge of your seat. Some extremely corny moments with Jet Li's ill wife, who eventually died in the hospital while Jet Li is undercovering in Hong Kong. The scene where Jet Li receives the information that she has passed away is brilliantly constructed, as is the finale with Yu Rong Guang (no, not the kid-swinging; Yu Rong Guang looked so cool in one particular moment though), whose portrait of the evil boss is a bit overdone, but that doesn't have a bad effect towards the merit of the film. In the Mandarin version, several lines are altered from the original dialogues.