"Unleashed" (starring Jet Li) has a special place in my heart because it's one of the few successful examples of a martial arts movie reaching out to a different crowd and satisfying everyone in the process.
“The One” seems to be comprised of a handful of awesome sequences which arguably surpassed “The Matrix” when it came to sheer coolness, but it doesn’t have much else going for it. Sad, as it had an interesting premise, a hair wielding Jason Statham and TWO Jet Li’s kicking ass. It’s still fun, but it could’ve been so much more than a wannabe Matrix.
“The Sorcerer and the White Snake” is safe, fluffy, conventional and thoroughly forgettable. Although granted, the script practically drowns under the copious amount of (bad) CGI, so the brain-dead script is the least of this films problems.
It’s not that “Kids from Shaolin” ever becomes bad, but I do believe the movie is just too…I dunno...Chinese? I know what you're thinking: "But MartialHorror, aren't Chinese movies supposed to be Chinese?". Oh wait...I guess I never thought about that. My bad! Actually, this is going to be difficult to explain, but I do believe my disdain towards "Kids from Shaolin" is merely a cultural thing.
But I thought the movie itself was fantastic. It's beautifully directed, surprisingly well written and the bulk of the running time is dedicated to showing off the superb kung fu of the Shaolin Monks. It remains one of Jet Li's finest films.
In some markets it's actually known as "Ip Man 3: The Legend is Born". Yet it is also a fairly well made film that opts to do its own thing. "The Legend is Born: Ip Man" almost feels like an authentic prequel. But don't get your hopes up either because while "Ip Man" and "Ip Man 2" are genre classics, this movie forgot to have a strong script along with the action. Actually, I think it just forgot to have a script in general...