Enter the Invincible Hero
Now let me see if I've understood this correctly, Chui Man Fooi (Min Kyu Choi). Your father has given the money belonging to the local townspeople to Master Who, so he and his men can transport it across town to the big-boss himself, Master Pang (Casanova Wong). However, before Who's chaps were able to accomplish this errand, a group of colorful bandits suddenly jumped them and managed to get away with these funds Scott free.
Alright then. That sounds fairly straight forward I suppose. But what do you want me to do about this, Chui? I've had a very busy day of it already. What with kicking the living crap out of whoever crosses my path! I mean, do you want me to force Master Who to pay your father back for services not rendered? Or would you prefer me to join forces with him instead, and transport these monies myself?
Oh! You want me to join forces, because Master Who has compensated your papa previously. Fair enough. I'm sure I'm able to do that. After all, I am the one and only Tai ming (Dragon Lee): The high kicking martial artist with a face of a bull-dog, and a fist of pure iron.
Still. That's most probably why what next transpires all goes to sushi, when a group of colorful bandits jump me, and I'm led to pay a visit to an old pal of mine, Master Pang. As a story is full of mutton - Master Who gets punched in the bellybutton - Chui has a very nice ass - and at the end of the day, a bad-guy's face eventually eats grass.
All in all I'd say that 'Enter the Invincible Hero' was a fairly decent movie. Mind you, it wasn't anything outstanding compared to some of the other
films I've watched. Not only did it take quite a bit of time for the story-line
to take shape. But in addition to this, on narrative level there's one
fundamental flaw where the overall premise is concerned.
Admittedly. This is only a supple gripe of my behalf, and wasn't as bad as the dodgy-dubbing heard in this picture, or it rather philandering story-line. Nonetheless, in places I found this nuance actually dented the film, especially when these three aforementioned moments ultimately arose.
On the reverse side of this, though, the fight scenes exhibited throughout this movie were truly amazing. And I'd personally go so far as to state they were right up there with Jackie Chan's own efforts during this era, by consistently putting on one hell of a dynamic and vibrant show, that elevated the tone of this adventure quite a lot.
Furthermore, I have to applaud both Dragon and Casanova's labors on this film too. In Dragons case, I really got a kick out of his overt and somewhat mannered facial expressions, because he did look like a man on the edge whilst fighting. And in Casanova's case, I rather enjoyed his supple yet understated performance for exactly the same reasons.
Overall I'd say 'Enter the Invincible Hero' is a fairly competent film, and much better than what I originally expected. The story-line was flawed. The fight scenes didn't make me board. And the end of the day this flick really did strike a very mean chord.
Hai-Yai! Nuff said.
THE RATING: B-