Well Go USA’s rollout of mainland kung fu thriller productions continues with the forthcoming January 31, 2023 Digital, Blu-Ray and DVD release of The Grandmaster Of Kung Fu, director Cheng Si Yu’s take on martial arts hero, Huo Yuan Jia.
Wilson Yip’s Ip Man saga may have come to a close, but the legend remains immortalized through other storied takes based on the titular Wing Chun grandmaster. That then brings us to Ip Man: Kung Fu Master, from director Li Liming and signaling the return of actor Dennis To (The Legend Is Born: Ip Man, Kung Fu League).
Hands down, the actors culminating the Ip Man wave of movies and shows have all been influential in arousing ceremony for the long late Wing Chun grandmaster in the last twenty years.
It’s taken a bit of time to come to, but the long-awaited U.S. release of Jeffrey Lau’s martial arts ensemble romp, Kung Fu League is officially gearing up for a Blu-ray Combo, DVD and Digital release on September 17 from Well Go USA. To update, we also have an official trailer now up and running since this article was published five days ago.
Notable Kung Fu Hustle producer Jeff Lau has since entered the fray with his next directorial feat, Kung Fu League. The project has been teases a headlining crowd of folkloric film heroes and now we have a first trailer this week. I gotta say, it’s wackier than I predicted and looks equally ridiculous, save for any hopes of this film being more film than fan service.
I suppose it’s mainly because there isn’t a full synopsis available which is why this trailer is so daunting apart from what we already know. Alas, Vincent Zhao stakes his claim as the venerable Wong Fei Hung next to Andy On who takes the mantle as Huo Yuanjia, Danny Chan lending more to the typecast as Bruce Lee persona Chen Zhen, and Dennis To reprising as Ip Man from Herman Yau’s 2010 iteration of the Wing Chun grandmaster…
As for this trailer, well… it’s basically signaling fan service and some of which is quite laughable. Be it in a good or bad way is totally in the eye of the beholder but with a trailer like this, at least tentatively, it’s hard to imagine this will be anything more than a kung fu brain relaxant for the popcorn MA crowd. Hopefully it will be fun too.
Lau has more going for himself later in the year with Assassins And The Missing Gold and fantasy adventure, Nehza. As for Kung Fu League, well… check the trailer below and judge accordingly.