There was a span of time from the early 1980s until the mid-1990s where Chinese action films from Hong Kong were produced with such regularity that it seemed like instant classics were constantly appearing in video shops. Films by performers like Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, and Jet Li came in like a steady stream but the reality was not all of these films were great. The consistently high volume of output from the HK film industry in those glory days meant that for every actual classic that got released, there were dozens of other action films released that were less than memorable. Even these second or third-string titles though often had an enthusiasm and urgency to them that made up for their poor acting, cheap sets, and incoherent scripts. They also always had action that was head and shoulders above anything else being produced in the world at the time. The worst Hong Kong action film during this time would still reward a patient audience with at least one solid moment of kinetic mayhem for sitting through a ninety minute film of questionable quality.
UNDERCOVER PUNCH & GUN Trailer: Philip Ng And Andy On Unload Their Action Arsenal On Hi-YAH Next Month, Digital And Disc This Summer!
If a little more Phillip Ng is what you’ve been wanting these days, then pull up a chair and get a whiff of Well Go USA’s latest Hi-YAH! induction, Undercover Punch & Gun, from directors Lui Koon Nam and Frankie Tam.
Action star and actor Philip Ng’s latest, Undercover VS Undercover, is readying for market sales this year and with any luck we’ll see some footage that covers a few ends. In the meantime, fans can finally expect some more movement regarding his American debut in the lead role of director George Nolfi’s Bruce Lee biopic, Birth Of The Dragon, which premiered at TIFF last year.
Word via Deadline has it that WWE Studios and Blumhouse’s BH Tilt banner have acquired the film North American theatrical release. Adapted for the screen by Stephen J. Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson from a narrative inspired by Michael Dorgan’s 1980 Official Karate Article, “Bruce Lee’s Toughest Fight”, and action sequences stylized by Corey Yuen, Ng stars as the late film legend who, while in his heyday as an aspring teacher and film star, takes in Steve McKee – played by Billy Magnussen – as one of his students. Between Lee’s brewing tension with repentant Kung Fu master Wong Jack Man, played by actor Xia Yu, and McKee’s tale of forbidden romance with a young woman, the film reportedly merges both stories which will set up the big fight finale in a private match that still garners controversy to this day.
Much to the chagrin of some, the same could be said for the film which took the brunt of heavy criticism from vociferous fans and moviegoers, including none other than Bruce Lee Enterprises CEO Shannon Lee. A trailer has already since gone viral so fans can judge for themselves while the film finally has landed some distribution with a release date all but pending.
Once in a methamphetamine trade, the undercover police Wu swears with a group tipster Hou Hu. However, the trade is messed up by the former Special Forces members Mai Lin and Eva. The Purchaser of methamphetamine is the smuggling king Xia Qiankun, whose base camp is the cargo vessels on the high seas. Xia captures Wu and forces him to hand over the meth owner as compensation.
Hung and actress and martial artist Jiang Luxia manage to get some screentime of their own albeit more vicariously than preferred and with specific regard for the latter, and I blame Wong Jing’s script for that one. Michelle Hu offers plenty in support of Ng’s character as their relationship slowly grows and develops from silly angst to something slightly substantive and mature by the end when all the blood is spilled.