Invincible, The
Hong Kong 2003
Directed by Wu Ka Ken.

Fan Siu-Wong is "The Invincible." I guess. Though he talks about entering a martial arts contest and winning the gold medal to prove his strength to his missing father, who left before he was born, we never actually see him enter the contest. The promotional material for the movie (on the back of the DVD case and on sale sites) claims, "...only by winning the boxing competition can he defeat his enemies," which is an outrageous lie. No boxing competition ever occurs. Instead, spoiled rich girl Grace Lam runs into him while trying to ditch the bodyguards sent by his overprotective father. He takes her in, but then assassins show up to kill her, her bodyguard, and her father. The toughest assassin, though (Philip Keung), finds his fighting technique identical to Fan Siu-Wong's, and it's not long before we realize this is the father and son, together again. Shot on video. The fight scenes are pretty bad, dubbed with the standard whah-PACK foley sounds regardless of whether it is a punching fist, a kick, or even a radio antenna. They all make the same noise when hitting someone. Who knew? Fan Siu-Wong disappears for the middle of the film, and Philip Keung takes center stage, to the point where you begin to wonder if Fan Siu-Wong just had to leave half-way through filming. He does return, briefly, for the obligatory end fight.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on November 04, 2004.

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