Boy! That Leung Chun (Bryan Leung). I don't understand him one little bit. Why won't he do it? Why won't he become Fatty's (Sammo Hung) new master?
Well, Fatty is very-very good you know. Really good. Only the other day I saw him punch, kick, and slap, an idiot, a teacher, and some dodgy looking chap with a fake beard, before he bumped into Leung, and asked him to teach him kung-fu.
But would he listen to him? No. He wouldn't. Leung doesn't want anything to do with Fatty because his step-brother, Jo Wing (Chang Yi), tried to rape his wife, Yu Ti (Fanny Wang), a couple of years ago, and has hounded them both ever since.
Now does that make any sense to you, pal? It doesn't, does it? If anything, I thought having someone like Fatty around would be a good thing all in all. Just in case your half-brothers henchmen try to kill you at every chance they get! Or if your step-father suddenly passes away due to ill health!
Still, whatever Leung ultimately decides, I suppose that is why what next transpires all kicks off when a reluctant union seems to come together. As a wife makes her stand - this film isn't bland - a victim eventually shows his face - and please note, to kill a f*cking evil b*stard is by no means a disgrace.
A couple of months ago, a friend of mine from a popular social networking site, recommended that I should find some time to watch, 'The Victim'. 'It's great' he said. 'You won't be disappointed' he continued. 'It's one of those classic
Kong films you always seem to go for. It has Sammo Hung in it. It
has a fairly decent story-line. Plus you've got to see the amazing martial arts
action on offer'.
Granted, the only thing I wasn't overtly keen on was how the overall story seemed a bit jumbled in places. The first twenty minutes or so you'll see Sammo's character trying to find a master by beating up a lot of people he meets. The next thirty minutes is dedicated to
character, and the mystery surrounding him and his wife's situation. Whilst the
rest of this movie is all about the fighting, the revenge, the unions, and a
couple of smashing surprises that I feel propelled this film from being a great
film, to being an amazing film.
Hey! I'm not giving away any spoilers here, pal. I wouldn't want to do that to you. But let me just say that nothing is as it seems until the very end of this adventure. It's one of those 'flash-back scenarios' that'll make you go 'Oh! I got it'. Once the final reveal is finally revealed.
Yep. That's correct. This is a bold and sometimes funny film with free-flowing action, a lop-sided plot-line, and a way about it that'll make me want to watch it again sometime soon. Furthermore, it's also one of those movies that I would define as a 'hidden gem'. It's rarely mentioned. Hard to find. And something you'll love if you're a
Hong Kong film nut like
Nuff said. Hai-Ya!
THE RATING: A-