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Fong Sai-Yuk II (Fong Shi Yu II: Wan fu mo di) (1993)

  Directed by: Corey Yuen
Written by: Kin Chung Chan, Jay On
Starring: Adam Cheng, Amy Kwok, Jet Li, Michelle Reis, Josephine Siao, Corey Yuen
Links: Fong Sai-Yuk II on the IMDb, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD
Genre: Action

This movie gets: 8.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

""Balls for balls."" - a review by timchuma

Jet Li stars as Fong Sai Yuk in this continuation of his adventures. This time, Fong has joined the Red Flower Sect and regularly has to help the leader fight against assassins, like the "sparkly dragon" at the restaurant they are eating at.

At the same restaurant Fong learns it is unwise to let a Monk tell your girlfriend's fortune, as you will get into trouble for it.

Back at the headquarters of the sect, Fong gets picked on for saving a little kid, and has a fight with a rival in the sect where they run around the walls.

Back at her shop, Fong's mum is constantly tricking people who come to challenge her son. When she learns that her son is having a hard time in the triad, she takes off on her horse to help.

Things take a turn for the worse when Fong goes on a mission to retrieve an important box from a Samurai and is the only one to make it back alive. To prove his worth in the sect, he then offers to get the box in three days or "have his Kung Fu skill ruined".

Considering how well regarded Fong Sai-Yuk (1993) is for action, this movie does quite well to follow it up. While the action scenes may not be as memorable, there is a greater emphasis on character development in this film that makes up for it.

I particularly liked the scenes with Fong's mum and how she deals with interlopers who are hassling her son is funny. It's a pity that a second Fong Sai Yuk sequel was never made with just his mum, as it would have been a great movie.

In many scenes, Fong is fighting against other members of his triad so it gets a bit confusing. When he finally gets to fight against some external enemies there is not really as much impact in those scenes.

Although this movie doesn't have the "keep off the ground" fight or the "firing many arrows at once" scenes like the first movie, it does have an excellent scene where Fong fights a whole group of people whilst blindfolded. His line "My sword has no eyes" pretty much sums up the scene as he doesn't want to know who he is attacking.

Special mention must go to Jet Li being a producer on this movie, as he was in the first movie. While this movie does have some funny scenes, for a more serious story about Fong Sai Yuk, see Burning Paradise (1994).

This movie comes highly recommended as long as you have seen the first Fong Sai Yuk. It would be hard to follow some of things in the story otherwise.

timchuma gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Thu 9 Dec 2004

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