Do you know what? Ever since Chang Wei (Bruce Li) began his very own martial arts school, all he ever seems to get in return is problems, problems, problems. Well, if it wasn't bad enough that one of his pupils, John (John Ladalski), has a moustache. Worst still, is that his old school wants to kick the living sh*t out of him for starting such a venture in the first place.
Personally speaking, I think that he would be a lot better off if he'd become an insurance man again. That way he can be hired by that funny-faced film director, (Ping Ou Wei), to protect and look after one of his
Kong actions stars.
No. Not Bruce Lee, silly. I'm referring to that other shaggy-haired loon who isn't able to perform his own stunts. You know. What's-his-face. Shang Lung (Johnny Noname). Who gets told what to do on set by that newly appointed martial arts choreographer with the yellow head-band (Danny Inosanto).
Alright. I know what you're thinking to yourself. But wouldn't it be an awful lot better if Chen was a stuntman instead? Because in this capacity, he'd get some more cash for his kick, plus be able to safeguard Shang in the process.
Yeah. You're most probably right, pal. Yet again, I suppose that's why what next transpires all goes to Wok when Chen is stabbed in the back. As a break leads to one hell of a fight - a pal can sometimes be right - please never get slapped in the bum - and always remember, folks, the movie making business is not for everyone.
Now if you're able to look past the piss-poor production values, the first fifteen minutes of this film, plus the way that certain fight scenes appear very-very pointless in retrospect, overall, I'd say that you'd most probably enjoy watching 'The Chinese Stuntman'.
And why do I say that, you may ask? Well, for two reasons really. Firstly, from my own knowledge about the main star of this flick, Bruce Li, this movie seems to be a very personal one by nature. In essence, it's about a martial arts practitioner's gradual disillusionment with the movie making industry, when he comes to the realisation that this business is all about the big-big bucks. Plus, as any good Hong Kong film fan will surely know, in the past Bruce himself has stated that he felt the same way about his own movie career.
Overall 'The Chinese Stuntman' was way above the norm for other
Hong Kong action movies made during this era. The
story was fairly good. The action was spot-on. It looked a bit naff in places.
But all in all it is a very-very good film, and is well worth a watch for
anyone who likes Bruce Li, and movies about movies.
THE RATING: A-