Fighting sequences in “Fistful of Vengeance” are either well-coordinated or exposition-heavy.
There are several similarities between this film and the television series “Wu Assassins.” His buddies are Lu Xin Lee (Lewis Tan) and Tommy Wah (Iko Uwais), both of whom are chefs in San Francisco. Kai Jin is the current inheritor of an ancient, mystical fighting lineage (Lawrence Kao). Jenny, Tommy’s sister, was found dead in strange circumstances in the sequel. In addition to her body, they have only a talisman.
There, they encounter millionaire developer William Pan, whose quest for knowledge brings them to Thailand (Jason Tobin). Ku An Qi (Rhatha Phongam), the head of Bangkok’s underworld, has a plan to connect the ying and yang talismans by killing Jennie, Pan reveals. As Kai chases the crooks, his pals insist on accompanying him in his efforts to bring them to justice.
There are multiple sequences of well-choreographed combat, and each cast member lives up to the example established by Uwais, a martial artist, in the film. To complicate things even further, the film’s director, Roel Reiné, relies heavily on the use of obscure lore to explain his characters’ actions.
Taoist notions are used to describe how Kai or his adversaries use their powers, although these concepts are diluted and intellectually insulting rather than culturally offensive. Consequently, there is little opportunity for the audience to learn more about the characters as individuals, but rather as vehicles for their mysterious powers.
Cinematic force is missing from the fight scenes unless they have a strong philosophical or emotional foundation. A flurry of violence breaks out as guns blare and knives slice into flesh. When I try to move, I feel like I’m doing nothing. When the movie is at its finest and worst, it is like watching a stranger play with low-quality action toys.
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The show is rated PG-13. It takes 1 hour and 34 minutes to complete. Netflix has the show.