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THE FACE BEHIND THE MASK

(Taiwan 1977) 

Original Title: Long She Xia Ying

Directed by Chen Chi Hwa Produced by Ching Ping Wong Action by Ho Wei Hsiung

Starring: Hsu Feng, Yuen Hua, Lo Lieh, Ma Ju Lung, Hu Chi, Kao Ming, Chui Git, Miao Tian, Hsueh Han, Lee Man Tai, Hsiao Yao, Ko Yu Min, Wu Chia Hsiang, Jackie Chan

Reviewing: YouTube Release

Genres: Traditional Kung-Fu / Drama

Rating - 3.7 / 5

Synopsis: Chi Tien Wei has been elected Chief of the Jiang Hu after his three disciples eliminate the most feared fighters in the Jiang Hu, namely: the 'Militant Dragon and Tiger', the 'Devil Stars', and the 'Three Horrid Mice'. However, not everyone is pleased at Wei's appointment as Chief and many anonymous fighters and wizards are sent t upset his household, 'The First Family'. Soon Chi Tien Wei realizes that there is a betrayer within his own house.

Views: Although often sold as a Jackie Chan film in the west, The Face Behind The Mask is most definitely not. While the mega-star and greatest action hero in the world does appear (albeit, masked) it's nothing more than a bit-part in what was perhaps his final role as an extra before taking his journey with Lo Wei – of which director Chen Chi Hwa would join him on soon after. He is also not the star or the fight-choreographer, which also tends to be highlighted by distributors (although that's not to say he wasn't allowed to look after his own fight scenes possibly). When Chi Tien Wen (Hu Chi) is elected to be the leader of the martial world, he soon finds out that many other families and fighters are against it. As more warriors and assassins descend upon the 'first family', the master's top three disciples must do their best to protect him, no matter what the cost. But soon, they find that there is a betrayer in the Chi house that leads to fingers being pointed and innocent people being framed. As one disciple sets out to uncover the truth, twist and twist unravels that all lead to an exciting finale of good versus evil...

Produced by the short-lived Chung Wai Motion Picture Company, whose only other production was A Massacre Survivor (which I really enjoyed), this late 70s wuxia thriller was scripted by Chang Hsin Yi – the same writer behind The Traitorous, 18 Bronzemen, Kung Fu Wonder Child, Shaolin Vs Lama, and other Chen Chi Hwa films like Snake & Crane Arts Of Shaolin, and Dance Of Death. While it was a different time that involved most Hong Kong and Taiwanese kung-fu movies working from the same plot-lines, The Face Behind The Mask offers a bit more of a solid story with many twists and reveals that actually all makes sense in the end, proving to be one of Chen's better directorial efforts. Although he had co-directed Jackie in Shaolin Wooden Men the year before, Chi Hwa continued his relationship with the young star by having him appear here before going on to direct him the following year in Snake & Crane Arts Of Shaolin and Half A Loaf Of Kung Fu – both of which I just love. A few years later and with his newfound stardom behind him, Jackie would return the favour to Chen Chi Hwa by directing the action in 36 Crazy Fists and Dance Of Death with Angela Mao Ying, before bringing him along as an assistant director on many of his modern hits from Young Master onwards!

The film also benefits from a strong cast starting with its 3 main leads with Shaw Brothers legends Lo Lieh and Yueh Hua joined by King Hu favourite, Hsu Feng. They are backed by Taiwanese stars Miao Tian, Hsueh Han, Lin Chao Hsiung, Hsiao Yao, and popular Hong Kong actor Lee Man Tai who played the Devil Monk in Killer Meteors and the old beggar in Snake & Crane Arts Of Shaolin, as well as starring in many hits such as The Prodigal Son, Last Hero In China, Millionaires Express (Shanghai Express), Magnificent Warriors, and Jackie Chan's fantastic, Miracles. Along with a huge cast of extras, everyone involved gives very good performances that help make The Face Behind The Mask a more solid movie than it is often given credit for. The non-stop kung-fu and swordplay action are handled by Ho Wei Hsiung, bit-part actor of over 150 titles from 8 Dragon Swords to Snuff Bottle Connection, and Kung Fu Emperor to Island Of Fire – with choreographer credits on a lesser amount of titles. While perhaps not the greatest battles of its time, considering what was coming out of Shaw Brothers and Golden Harvest by this stage, Ho still manages to keep viewers attention with clean choreography, speedy moves, and neat camera work which was captured by Taiwanese cinematic veteran, Chen Jung Shu – cinematographer on over 130 films including the majority of Jackie Chan's Lo Wei movies, Dragon Lord, Drunken Tai Chi, Butterfly & Sword, and the aforementioned Island Of Fire.

Well directed, neatly shot, and nicely written, The Face Behind The Mask continues to entertain today with its great cast and well-choreographed fights. As I say with most of these classic hits, the chance to see it fully restored and on blu-ray would be refreshing and no doubt gain the film the respect it deserves before it gets completely forgotten about. But until then, it still proves to be worth a watch for fans of the leading stars or anyone who fancies a decent, old-school wuxia thriller...

Overall: Jam-packed with kung-fu and swordplay action, The Face Behind The Mask is a great wuxia thriller with plenty of twists and a great cast!

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FACE/OFF

(USA 1997) 

Directed by John Woo Produced by Terence Chang, Christopher Godsick, Michael Douglas Action by John Woo, Brian Smrz

Starring: John Travolta, Nicholas Cage, Joan Allen, Alessandro Nivola, Gina Gershon, Dominique Swain, Nick Cassavetes, Margaret Cho, Thomas Jane

Reviewing: Touchstone Home Video UK DVD Release

Genres: Action / Crime / Sci-Fi (?)

Rating - 2.3 / 5

DVD Synopsis: Oscar winning superstar Nicolas Cage (Con Air) and screen icon John Travolta (Pulp Fiction) battle head to head in FACE/OFF... the ultimate cat and mouse thriller directed by the worlds most acclaimed action film director, John Woo (Mission Impossible 2). To avenge the senseless murder of his son, FBI agent Sean Archer (Travolta) undergoes radical new surgery allowing him to switch faces with the comatose terrorist Castor Troy (Cage) and assume his identity. But when Castor awakes and assumes Sean's identity, the reall Sean is thrust into an unimaginable nightmare, fighting not only for his life but also those of his wife (Joan Allen) and daughter. Briliant performances and mind-numbing visual effects make FACE/OFF the explosive action thriller you've got to see to believe.

Views: I remember the excitement surrounding Face/Off when it first came out. An explosive thriller with a story so ridiculous, it could prove to be a disaster if not in the hands of the right director. That person of course, was John Woo – a master of action movies that had been entertaining fans like myself with Hong Kong titles such as Last Hurrah For Chivalry, A Better Tomorrow, The Killer, Bullet In The Head, and Hard Boiled – which soon saw him gain huge notoriety in Hollywood. Upon making the move, Woo delivered the Van-tastic action-thriller, Hard Target, to the world and quickly became the go-to guy for Hollywood blockbuster action flicks. Following up with the fun but just-as-daft, Broken Arrow and a TV movie remake of his very own Once A Thief, Woo was soon signed-on to bring Face/Off to life – his biggest project to date. The film follows the simple plot of a cop, Sean Archer, who swaps faces with hardened criminal, Castor Troy, so he can solve a case. But when Archer comes face-to-face with himself, he knows things have gotten a little out-of-hand. As families and friends are brought into the situation and their lives endangered, Archer must convince his wife and colleagues that he is the real Sean and stop Troy once and for all, as well as get back his face. How fucking ridiculous!

There are plenty of cringe-worthy moments in Face/Off that would be hailed as utterly ridiculous if they appeared in any other film. But for some reason, because of its director and leading stars, Face/Off seems to get away with it by a lot of reviewers and critics. From god-awful cheesy lines to extreme over-acting, obvious stunt-doubles to bad continuity, and bizarre moments like when random fireworks go off after Cage drives his plane through an air-hanger, to the ultimate gaff of putting a new face on a person with a completely different body shape (and size). It's corny as hell, but for some crazy reason the majority of western cinema goers loved it. Personally, I didn't really see the appeal, with the first major turn-off for me being the casting choices! Face/Off probably has the most uninteresting and unappealing cast of any Hollywood blockbuster film, and I couldn't really care for anyone at all on the screen – let alone its two leading men. Co-star Nick Cassavetes was hugely annoying as Pollux, delivering lines in a soft spoken and condescending fashion that just annoyed the fuck right out of me. Honestly, had this starred anyone else but John Travolta and Ridiculous Cage, I may have been singing a different tune. If there are two Hollywood actors I just can't take seriously, it has got to be these two. And while they may deliver some of their moments in either roles with some degree of competency, both stars go way over the top with some utterly ridiculous 'crazy' performances that make them seem almost comical in their execution. I mean, how these guys are considered as some of Hollywood's finest is beyond me – I just don't get it (especially Cage). I did however, find it interesting to note that the writers had initially intended the roles to go to Michael Douglas and Harrision Ford, which would have been one hell of a movie! But after some consideration, Michael decided that he would help produce the film and unfortunately, the roles went to Cage and Travolta. Of course, the latter had just came off the set from Broken Arrow which was shot the year before and also directed by Woo – and Cage would go on to star in John Woo's epic wartime, action-drama, Windtalkers, 5 years after this...

I have to say that, when John Woo made the move to Hollywood I found that his films very quickly started to lose that Hong Kong magic that made him such a respected and much loved action-director of Asian cinema – much like that of any Hong Kong director who has tried to make the move. With US guidelines and restrictions set in place, his Hollywood titles very quickly exchanged the gritty realism of his Hong Kong set-pieces for polished action scenes. Those typical John Woo trademarks that we all loved to watch in the likes of A Better Tomorrow, The Killer, and Hardboiled, soon became eye-rolling moments that were very over-used in every aspect. On top of that, Woo was lacking some decent actors that could deliver a role that oozed the coolness and charm of Chow Yun Fat, Tony Leung, or Simon Yam. In fact, had this film been used as the launching pad for Chow Yun Fat and Simon Yam's Hollywood debut, I reckon Face/Off would be considered as much of a classic for John Woo as one of his Hong Kong titles are today. On a positive note, there are some nice action scenes that are neatly placed throughout its 133 minute running time (or longer in some other territories). While they are nothing in comparison to the aforementioned Hong Kong titles, they obviously did the job in entertaining Hollywood executives and action fans alike. But as a long-time fan of HK cinema, I honestly wasn't seeing anything spectacular. Perhaps Face/Off, both in its story, style, and action, is a product of its time – a time that I wasn't too fussed about, especially when it came to American movies and television shows. While I always try to re-watch films like this or Broken Arrow (or even Joss Whedon's cut of Justice League) with the hope that they will get better or perhaps prove to be a little more entertaining than before – it just never seems to be the case, and always leaves me feeling a tad disappointed or bored. Apart from offering an exciting instalment to the franchise of Mission Impossible with the first of its sequels, and a memorable piece with Windtalkers, John Woo's light in Hollywood soon began to fade and within a decade of making Face/Off would return to the motherland to produce and direct a number of epics such as Red Cliff, Warriors Of The Rainbow, Reign Of Assassins, and The Crossing. We'll not say too much about Manhunt though!

Overall: A ridiculous script with questionable performances that dilute what decent action is there, and help render Face/Off as just another Hollywood action flick!

DVD Extras: Trailers, Action Overload (Short edit of action scenes), Cast Bio's

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FAIRY TALE KILLER

(Hong Kong 2012) 

Original Title: Zui Xiong

(aka) Perfect Fairy Tale

Directed by Danny Pang Produced by Danny Pang, Alvin Lam

Starring: Sean Lau Ching Wan, Wang Ban Qiang, Elanne Kong, Joey man Yee man, Ken Lo, Lam Suet, James Ho, Fu Ka Lei

Reviewing: Terracotta UK DVD Release

Genres: Thriller / Crime / Mystery

Rating - 2 / 5

DVD Synopsis: Once upon a time there lived a hard-nosed detective with a gruesome case to solve. A seemingly disturbed man confesses to a brutal murder. After the alleged victim is discovered alive and well, the perpetrator is released. Days later the victim is found dead, with his stomach cut open and stuffed with rocks. This is just the first chapter in a series of sadistic killings inspired by Cinderella, The Red Shoes and Hansel & Gretel. Can the detective solve the Grimm riddles, catch the killer and live happily ever after?

Views: Danny Pang's Fairy Tale Killer opens with quite an intriguing scene as we see the mentally challenged Wu handcuffed to a chair in a police station. With his face caked in make-up, Wu is questioned by a number of cops, led by Inspector Wong, who listen to his claims that he has killed a man called Cheung Fai. The team quickly check on his named victim, who they find alive and well at his home. Inspector Wong releases Wu, blaming his illness for the wasting of police time and thinks nothing more of it. That evening, Inspector Wong returns home to his autistic son and estranged wife – a setting that leaves him angry and distant, void of any love for his family in not knowing how to deal with his child's behavioral issues. At the same time, Wu has actually taken Cheung Fai prisoner and murders him in a bizarre fashion that leaves the deceased with rocks in his stomach. After finding the body, Inspector Wong knows exactly who he is looking for and sends his team on a mission to bring Wu back into custody! As the chase begins and the bodies begin to pile up, with each of the deaths relating in some respect to fairy tales, Inspector Wong starts to feel the pressure while stepping even further away from his family. It all leads to a brutal showdown that blends thrillers like Se7en and Saw with tales from the Brothers Grimm, as Wong tries to put a stop to Wu and save those most important to him!

The Pang brothers have delivered a mix of films both as a team and as single directors. The Eye was a highly enjoyable horror that gained a Hollywood remake, and movies such as Leave Me Alone, The Detective, The Storm Warriors, and Ab-Normal Beauty, definitely had their moments. But there really hasn't been too much more that has stood-out for me and, in-turn, I've never been one to rush out to see anything they have been behind. So I was quite late in getting to see Fairy Tale Killer to be honest, even though it has one of my favourite Hong Kong actors as the lead and offered up an interesting take on the serial killer genre. And while it's far from the worst movie in the Pang's filmography, it's equally as far from their best. As with most of his films, Danny Pang seems to shift a lot of his focus on the visual aspects of his storytelling, while often losing track of the overall direction – something that helps Fairy Tale Killer offer up perhaps just too many yawn inducing moments than one would have hoped for. Written by Pang and 3 other writers, the script doesn't really deliver anything overly exciting and saves anything worth getting excited about, for the last 30 minutes. One of these writers was Szeto Kam Yuen, a Johnnie To preferred scribe who has penned many great titles such as The Longest Nite, A Hero Never Dies, SPL, Exiled, Accident, and much more. Regardless, I have to admit that at the end of the film, I was a left with my mouth hanging open after the reveal of why Wu had became the killer he was and what it all meant. Talk about going around the world for a shortcut!!

I have to say though, Lau Ching Wan does a great job as Inspector Wong, the troubled family man who will do what he can to gain the next promotion. While he can only work with what he's got, the best of Lau is saved for the finale when he must save his team and family from the clutches of crazed serial killer, Wu – played wonderfully by the fantastic Wang Bao Qiang. It was nice to see Ken Lo play a more subdued role as a cop on Wong's team, rather than another OTT thug or pointless gangster. Fan favourite, Lam Suet, cameos as Wu's first victim Cheung Fai, and Elanne Kong does a great job as the artistic mute who is a major part of the killers logic. Joey Man plays Lau Ching Wan's wife, in what would be her last role to date and the rest of the supporting cast really doesn't leave any kind of an impression at all to be honest. In a nutshell, Fairy Tale Killer should have been much better than it ends-up being, although it still makes for an interesting watch if you run out of options...

Overall: With nothing overly-new or exciting on offer, Fairy Tale Killer fails to deliver on many levels, but is worthy of one watch at the very least!

DVD Extras: Making Of Documentary, Interview With Lau Ching Wan, Trailers

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FALCON RISING

(USA 2014) 

Directed by Ernie Barabash Produced by Ernst Etchie Stroh, Shahar Stroh Action by Larnell Stovall

Starring: Michael Jai White, Neal McDonough, Jimmy Navarro, Millie Ruperto, Lateef Crowder, Masashi Odate, Hazuki Kato, Laila Ali

Reviewing: Amazon Prime UK Release

Genres: Martial Arts / Action / Thriller

Rating - 3.5 / 5

Synopsis: Chapman is an ex-marine living in the slums of Brazil. After his sister is attacked and left for dead by a local yakuza outfit, Chapman sets out for revenge and puts his tactical training to full use in order to find her attackers.

Views: Ernie Barabash, the same director behind horror titles Cube Zero, Stir Of Echoes: The Homecoming, and They Wait, as well as mildly entertaining martial-arts-action flicks like Assassination Games, 6 Bullets, and Pound Of Flesh – brings us another generic tale that could fall into the filmography of Jean Claude Van Damme, Scott Adkins, or even (dare I say it) Steven Seagal. This time, fan favourite Michael Jai White takes the lead as ex-marine John Chapman, a PTSD suffering veteran who lives in the slums of Rio De Janeiro. Refusing to take his medication, Chapman often toys with putting a bullet in his brain after downing a bottle of whiskey. Not long after his sister comes to visit, she is found washed up on the rocky shoreline badly beaten and left for dead by a local yakuza outfit. With the help of some local police, the Falcon sets-out on a mission to find his sisters attackers and, at the same time, break a child-prostitution racket – resulting in plenty of martial-arts-action and bloodied violence!

While generic in many ways and formulaic in plot, Falcon Rising may actually be one of Ernie's better films as a director. It's neatly shot and directed, with decent production values and a much more colourful look overall – which makes a change from the typical eastern-European setting he often likes to use. But a big part of what makes this a better film, is Michael Jai White and his strong supporting cast. Although he's been in the business for over 3 decades now, this kick-ass action star still isn't getting the recognition he deserves as a martial artist and action hero. As well as portraying the first live-action adaptation of Spawn, Michael has went on to star in many great action flicks such as Silver Hawk with Michelle Yeoh, Black Dynamite, Blood & Bone, Accident Man, and Triple Threat – as well as giving a memorable turn as the Bronze Tiger in the CW's Arrow. Incidentally his Falcon Rising co-star, the always wonderful Neal McDonough, was a huge part of the very same show – so it was nice to same them share the screen together again, with Neal playing a cop who helps the Falcon on his case. It was also great to see Lateef Crowder turn in a role as a Brazilian cop. Lateef impressed many moons ago as the Capoeira fighter who gave Tony Jaa a hard time in Tom Yum Goong (aka Warrior King, aka The Protector), and has since appeared in many films such as Tekken and Undisputed 3, as well as having worked in the stunt department on many bigger films like the disastrous Dragonball Evolution, The Expendables, Wonder Woman, and The Mandalorian. I enjoyed seeing him back on-screen in a solid role that gave him the chance to show some great moves and a decent performance as one of the Brazilian cops.

This was supposed to be the first of a series of 'Falcon' movies starring Michael Jai White as the titular character, and to be honest, I wouldn't mind seeing a bit more. While it's hardly the greatest thing ever written and offers a few good moments of cheesiness, there certainly isn't anything that's as off-putting or ridiculous as many of Ernie Barabash's other films – or the majority of straight-to-video Van Damme or Seagal movies from the last 20 years. I often wonder if the great Billy Blanks had not stepped away from the film-scene to focus on his Tae-Bo phenomenon at the turn-of-the-century, would we have gotten to see the teaming-up of these two amazing martial arts stars at some point?! Maybe it's still not too late. But until that happens, there's always Falcon Rising – a highly enjoyable martial-arts-action-thriller that gives Michael Jai White the chance to shine and kick-ass in the most entertaining of ways...

Overall: Great fun, neatly directed, with plenty of hard action, Falcon Rising is worth the watch and totally entertains!

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FAMILY HONOUR

(Hong Kong 1990) 

Original Title: Wu Ming Jia Zu

Directed by Norman Law Produced by Barry Wong, Norman Law Action by Tong Leung Siu Hung

Starring: Wilson Lam, Dick Wei, Joey Wong, Shing Fui On, Max Mok, Richard Ng, Michael Miu, Ben Ng, Blacky Ko, Lo Lieh, Barry Wong, Lam Kai Wing, Dion Lam, Ka Lee, Ronald Wong, Lisa Chiao, Meg Lam

Reviewing: YouTube Release

Genres: Martial Arts / Action / Thriller / Drama

Rating - 4 / 5

Synopsis: Tao is a ruthless loan shark, whose brother (Fu Sai Hang) is the captain of the police. When Tao gets killed by some local gangsters Fu sets-out for revenge, aided by his girlfriend (Hor Yee) to bring down the gangsters and get justice for Tao!

Views: Norman Law's 1990 action-thriller is a film similar in vein to many Hong Kong films of this time, such as The Dragon Family with Alan Tam and Andy Lau, or Frankie Chan's brilliant Burning Ambition, made just the year before. The fantastic Shing Fui On plays Tao, a loud mouthed loan shark who finds himself in trouble with some local gangsters – as well as the cops. As it happens, his brother Fu just happens to be a captain in the police force, something that often causes rifts in their family life. As Fu tries to grow his new found relationship with Hor Yee, their love is pushed to brink when Tao's antics start to involve his potential in-laws. A corrupt officer (Koo) who has it in for Tao, abuses his power to make Fu's life a nightmare, from harassing his informants to fighting with him outside of work. After one of Fu's gangster suspects escapes custody, Koo takes it upon himself to interrogate Fu and land him in a lot of trouble – setting him up to get at his brother, Tao. As things snowball out of control fast, Fu soon learns that his escaped suspect (Wei) is the same man who murdered both his informant Chung and brother, and sets-out for revenge along with his girlfriend and family members in a fantastic and lengthy showdown at the docks!

While the late Norman Law Man isn't always the first directors name you would think of when talking about Hong Kong cinema, it would probably surprise most fans in knowing what he has been behind. Starting life in the film industry as a make-up artist in Shaw Brothers, Law ran a 4 year stint as the assistant director to Yuen Woo Ping with Seasonal Films on classics such as Secret Rivals 2, Invincible Armour, Drunken Master, and more. After working on Tower Of Death (Game Of Death 2) in 1980, Law stepped up to deliver his directorial debut with Lackey And The Lady Tiger, produced by Ng See Yuen and starring the wonderful Hwang Jang Lee along with Mars in the leading role. From there, Law would follow with a string of great films including A Hearty Response with Chow Yun Fat, Walk On Fire with Andy Lau, (Ninja) Vampire Buster with Jacky Cheung, Kung Fu Scholar with Aaron Kwok, and many more, as well as working as a planner on most of Wong Kar Wai's mid-90s titles...

Aside from being neatly directed and well-written, Family Honour boasts a great cast with Wilson Lam playing Officer Fu, the unfortunate brother to Shing's loan shark, Tao. Although he gets to kick things off as a light-hearted character of sorts, Fu's story soon takes a dark turn giving Lam the chance to flex his acting chops between comedy and drama. While I've never been the biggest fan of Wilson Lam's, I can't say he really does a bad job – and especially here. From The Fortune Code to Magic Cop, Angel Force to Kickboxers Tears, it's fair to say that Lam can be a decent actor when called for, even getting in on the action where possible. Shing Fui On, who I miss dearly, adds a little more depth to the usual thug-like character he is most often known for, flitting between violence and funny without a problem. Although he died in 2009 and starred in over 230 movies, I do miss seeing him pop up in more modern Hong Kong movies. Michael Miu Kiu Wai plays Officer Koo, the pain-in-the-ass detective who seems to cause everyone trouble and thrives in playing a darker role than he would more normally be known for. The awesome Dick Wei stars as the main villain of the piece, although flits in and out until the finale where he gets to proves to be a force to be reckoned with. The handsome Max Mok gets an interesting extended cameo as Chung, an informant friend to Fu whose cover has been blown and meets his end after a violent death by the hands of Wei. A wonderful supporting cast help strengthen the film even more with the hilarious Richard Ng, Meg Lam, and wonderful Lisa Chaio Chiao playing family members. Lo Lieh cameos as a triad boss, with Ronald Wong and Laung Sap Yat as Tao's sidekicks. Script writer and producer of Family Honour, Barry Wong, cameos as an ICAC Officer, and popular comedic character-actor Kay Lee (aka Curry Lau) also appears. And I can't forget the gorgeous Joey Wong of course, who plays Lam's girlfriend Hor Yee. While mainly by his side for more dramatic scenes, Wong gets in on the action in the grand finale and continues to look good doing it.

The brilliant Tony Leung Siu Hung looks after the action, providing a nice mix of violence and martial arts in that late 80s/early 90s way we all love. From rooftop scuffles to alleyway battles, gangster beatings to car-park fights, Leung keeps action fans happy with some pretty sweet choreography. It all leads to a massive closing battle with some incredible gun-play, lots of explosions, fire stunts, martial arts, and stunt work, that leaves action-fans extremely happy and closes Family Honour with a finale worth talking about! Brother to the legendary Bruce Leung Siu Hung, Tony has been behind the action of some of my favourite Hong Kong movies as a director or action choreographer, with titles such as Guns Of Dragon, In The Line of Duty 3, Magic Crystal, Angel, The Tigers, and even Ip Man – as well as appearing in many classics like Enter The Fat Dragon, 36 Crazy Fists, Five Superfighters, The Master Strikes, Ip Man 1 & 3, and much more. Family Honour is a worthy addition to his filmography, and a fantastic film overall...

Overall: Hard hitting Hong Kong action-thriller that is neatly directed and well worth checking out!