Legend of a Fighter
Considering he's a great martial artist, you would have thought that Fok Yan-tai (Phillip Ko) would've taught his son some of the old family traditions.
But no. He does not. He mournfully declares that Fok Yuen-gap (Yuen Yat-choh) isn't up to practicing Kung Fu at all. And that is why he hires for his 'sickly little lad' a teacher to instruct him on some more academic pursuits instead.
However, unbeknown to him at the time, is that the teacher in question is none other than a very proficient Japanese fighter called Kong Ho-san (Yasuaki Kurata), who secretly spy's on Yan to learn his style of combat, whilst simultaneously teaching Fok how to defend himself in the process.
Now this goes on for quite some time, folks, where Hong educates Fok in all manner of special trick's that'll keep him foot loose and not so fancy free. But then, one fateful day, both teacher and pupil inadvertently get into a bloody scrap with some rival hoodlums by the side of the sea. A scrap so bloody and so fateful, that it results in Hong travelling back to Japan to lay low for a while, leaving Fok up to his own devices, and learning how to kick ass over a period of many-many years.
Still. That's most probably why what next transpires all kicks off twelve years later when Fok is a changed man (Bryan Leung), primed and ready to face all of the challenges ahead of him. As a boxer gets swept of his feet - a Japanese contender isn't ready for a meet and great - Hong come out from the cold - plus please beware folks, a fist of fury can become very brave and bold. Hai-Yai!
When I first heard about 'Legend of a Fighter', I have to admit that I was kind of intrigued with it being the prequel to the Bruce Lee classic, 'Fist of Fury'. Not only because 'that film' was supposed to be 'this film' conceptually. But also because I wanted to know the true story behind the previous story, as well as if it was up for the task at hand.
Overall 'Legend of a Fighter' is one cracking film to watch. The action was out of this world. The story was poignant yet timely. Plus I would highly recommend it to all you Bruce Lee fans and admirers of the original picture.
THE RATING: A