The Red-Wolf (1995)
Reviewed by: pjshimmer on 2002-11-04
Summary: Great fun
Do you like Kenny Ho Ga Chin?

Do you like Ngai Sing?

How about Cho Wing?

Wait, you've probably never heard of them. Or maybe you have. If you like them, this one will be a nice addition to your collection, especially since it also has a hilarious Christy Chung and the lady killer Elaine Lui (Martial Law) in it. And if you don't like any of the cast? Well, what can I say, you must be crazy.

Anyway, I love Kenny Ho. I want to see more of Christy. I've been tracking down Ngai Sing's movies. Anyone who can fight is cool with me, so Elaine and Cho Wing are cool. Now you must be thinking "well aren't you just lucky; this is the perfect movie for you." And isn't it, indeed.

From the very beginning, I knew I was going to love this movie. Actually, I started having this feeling 3 years ago, but it took me a while to see it. This movie has been hailed as "Die Hard" on a cruiseship; you might even have heard it as a straight copy of "Under Siege." Yeah yeah whatever. It might be "Die Hard" with 10 times better action; that's what I say.

Kenny Ho is easily one of the most able action actors. The first time I saw him was in the a Taiwanese TV series called "The Young Tai Chi Master," and he was awesome. Then came "Justice Bao," the most successful Chinese TV series ever made, and Kenny was shining all throughout. Lucky enough, I rediscovered him in the Shaw Brothers movie "Long Road to Gallantry," where he proved himself a skilled fighter. He can fight, all right. Not exactly something to say about Leslie Cheung, Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung -- all though they could have easily fooled you.

Moving on, Christy Cheung is a delight here. I still think her acting is fake, but she played the role just fine. Maybe it was her dub that covered it up. She kinda serves as a comic relief, and there are several humorous scenes. I was laughing out loud (LOL) a lot, in fact.

Yuen Wo Ping, Yuen Cheung Yan, and one other guy directed the action. You have the most talented choreographers in the world, so you can expect some great action sequences.

So, what can you expect from this movie? Magnificent fight scenes that will make your jaw drop, impressively dangerous stunts that will make you go "SHIT," crazy moments that will keep you on the edge of your couch, and (unintentional, perhaps) funny stuff to keep you awe and cry your tears out at the same time. This is a good one.

Oh yeah, I usually hate modern action movies. Just thought I'd let you know.

A little bit about the HKL DVD. It's got a nice treatment. 88 minutes, nice transfer as usual, 2 discs platinum edition, tons of extras including 5 hours of interviews and commentary, Cantonese 5.1 and English 5.1 audio, removable subs, blah blah blah. It's HKL, and it's one of their best.