Bruce and Shao-lin Kung Fu 2
Word to the wise. Please don't be like the floppy-haired martial artist, Ching-Lung (Bruce Le), and piss off the local Japanese warlord, by killing his only son, and then stealing some imperialist documents from him, OK? Or otherwise, this warmonger will send his army of men to decimate your gymnasium, murder your master, before bumping off the nice Korean family who nursed you back to health, after he shot you in the back.
Still, that's what Ching did. So what should he do next to get his revenge on this flat-faced git?
Oh! I know! Why doesn't he go and visit that nice bearded Taekwondo teacher who he's supposed to give those special documents to. You know the chap I'm talking about, right? No? You don't! Well, that Samurai expert who the Japanese warlord has ordered to kill Ching does.
What? You don't think this is a good idea? Why not? Ohhh! He turns down Ching's request for help when he eventually meets him, unless he bucks up his ideas pretty quickly and becomes a new man again?.
Fair enough. Then I suppose that is why what next transpires all kicks off when Ching does a ding-a-ling with a broom and a bottle of Mister Sheen. As learning whacks - a group of Samurai's attacks - the Japanese Army has some fun - and this film doesn't end like the previous one.
Now to be completely honest with you, dear reader, after watching this films predecessor (click here for the review), I wasn't expecting all that much from 'Bruce and Shaolin Kung-Fu 2'. Well, let's just say I that suspected it might tilt slightly in either direction. Hitting new heights with a slap. Or dipping to new lows with a bump.
It was a bump.
Enter The Dragon' theme tune whilst Bruce was walking through the forest, huh? Not nice. Not nice at all. (4) Now who on God's earth bought the wigs and the mustaches for this movie, huh? Ray Charles? Stevie Wonder? Or was their a huge discount going on at the 'Crap Wigs and the Mustaches' emporium at the time? Yes. They were that bad. To the extent it impeded on the overall story-line. (5) I have to say that in places this film did try to redeem itself by adding a little philosophy to the mix. Heck, one of my favorite scenes in this yarn was that segment where Bruce's character was told to not dwell on revenge, and focus on more righteous pursuits instead. However, I'm sad to say that this plot thread didn't seem to last too long within the scheme of things -- liked the other one I liked involving the two girls fussing over Bruce -- because a eye-blink later things were back to bad once again. (6) Alright, I know that Bruce Le is no Bruce Lee. But here and there he didn't do a bad job at imitating his poses and his posture. Truly, I'd go so far as to say that his Bruce-ness was up to warp-factor 10 in tone.
All in all 'Bruce and Shaolin Kung-Fu 2' reminds me a lot like being sick. The experience is somewhat jarring at first. But afterwards, when you sit back and relax, you don't feel so bad, just slightly fatigued
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