Mission For The Dragon
Four nights ago, old Master Wong goes to visit old Master Lee, just so he can have an artefact he pilfered from a nearby cemetery evaluated. When suddenly, out of the blue -- Hai-Ya! -- they're both quickly attacked by a masked saboteur dressed in red. Leaving Wong dead -- Lee missing -- and Wong's family, blaming Lee's family, for the tragic demise of their dearly departed sibling.
Yeah. Straight up, folks! As that's what Master Quai (Carter Wong) tells Lee's son, Lai (Dragon Lee), when he goes to see him once he's finished a busy training schedule with some chap that look's like Father Christmas.
Well, I suppose he's got to try and figure out why the Wong's were beating up on his kin, doesn't he? Especially when they constantly keep on kicking, punching, and generally being nasty to whoever crosses their path.
But they don't have to worry anymore, folks. No way Jose! Lai is on the scene now, and he's the type of martial artist that would beat the living sh*t out of anyone who pisses him off, whilst looking for his missing father.
Then again, that's most probably why what next transpires all goes to Wok when it is unveiled that Master Quai isn't telling the whole story. As one family takes a nose dive - the other one barely makes it out alive - and no matter what you say, plus no matter what you do, this flick doesn't really end with a big high-five.
Now if I had to mark 'Rage of the Dragon' out of ten, I would most probably give it a score of five and a half. Well, it's not a bad-bad film really. It has some really nice bits to it if truth be told. Yet, like most of these movies made during this era, it is hindered in the execution and the plot.
Dragon Lee and Carter Wong for putting on a very surprising spectacle, particularly when you consider that the rest of this piece wasn't all that good. (5) Nearing the end of this film, there was a scene in which Dragon Lee's 'girlfriend' delivers him an ultimatum after he loses his penultimate battle. Basically, she asks him to walks away from his final fight, just so they can live in relative harmony together somewhere else. Now for a couple of moments there, you could really feel Dragon Lee's anguish about what he should do next. And for me, this really propped up the whole picture a notch or two in the innovative stakes. Smashing. Really smashing. It's a shame that there wasn't more moments like this throughout. (6) Was that idiot with the bit of mud on his nose the comedic foil for this film? I think he was. But I just couldn't tell.
Overall 'Rage of the Dragon' was a pretty so-so film. It had some good bits in it. It had some irritating bits in it. And in my own opinion could have been a lot better if the story was clearer, and the execution didn't sound like space invaders.
THE RATING: B-