There are few things in life I enjoy more than watching some Asian dudes punch each other in the face. No, I’m not some kind malicious xenophobe, I just have quite the love for martial arts movies. And when it comes to punching people – Asian or otherwise – in the face, there are very few people who can do it as well as Jet Li.
Outside of his Hollywood appearances, Li hasn’t done a straight up Hong Kong action movie in a while, preferring to dabble more in historical epics over the last few years But with Badges of Fury he’s back to kicking butt/head/spine/[INSERT BODY PART OF CHOICE HERE] in modern times again and he’s got a couple more skilled face-punchers to help him.
When a series of eerie murders erupt across Hong Kong, two trouble making cops are assigned to the case. Young maverick Wang (Zhang Wen) is a reckless risk-taker, and grizzled vet Huang (Jet Li) is fed up with cleaning up his rookie’s messes. After discovering all the victims were former boyfriends of aspiring starlet Liu, the detectives (one now posing as her lover) are caught in a deadly game to lure the killer out.
Yes, the film appears to be very wire-fu happy, but that doesn’t change the fact that along with Li, you also get the just as awesome Collin Chou (probably best known to Western audiences as Seraph in the Matrix movies) as well. That’s quite the combination of martial arts talent on screen.
Badges of Fury opened in its native China earlier in the year, but will be seeing an US Blu Ray and DVD release January 7, 2014. Hopefully, an international a local release won’t be far behind.
Last Updated: December 18, 2013