Watching this movie really struck a chord with me as it made me remember my school buddy who always encoraged me to exercise and do fun adventurous things. However, as the more temperamental partner, I tend to go overboard going a few steps ahead and get into trouble, while sometimes taking the trouble for him. In fact there were a few fights where I took all on and he got away.
While he makes many allies, I make many enemies, be it from direct conflict or they feel threatened by me. As you all know, the Chinese tend to hit at the guy who stands out the most, the 出头鸟. Of course, like the 4 good village brothers who accompany Cripple Ho through life and death, the friends I keep around me are genuine.
And indeed, that good buddy of mine is now a high flyer officer in civil service while I am at grassroots level teaching Kung Fu in Bishan when I started and now, Chinatown.
Back to the Kung Fu movie industry, I feel that Donnie Yen should do a movie as an alpha male character who stands out speaks out, and most importantly, use a style of Kung Fu that is fearless, yet highly sophisticated, like Hung Gar Kung Fu. As the role model for our people, it'll certainly help if more people can be brave and express their feelings, instead of all modelling themselves after Confucian good boy Ip Man.
I can't stress enough how important it is to be courageous and aggressive in a fight. The depiction in the movie is quite right, fighting is very violent and very cruel, it is about injuring your enemy's body and injuring his ego his pride. Many people lose fights because they are uncommitted and always hesitating to strike. Not just in Kung Fu where the passive culture is all over the place, but also in all martial arts that have been commercialized, there are simply too many beta males around.
There are a few morals of the story. Number one, '生死有命， 富贵在天. Number two, live and let live, there are many pains, but why focus on the pains, focus on the joys of living! But it is surely wise to have a backup plan to protect your loved ones. This movie also taught how Donnie Yen is not invincible if he doesn't practice Kung Fu, it does not have a training scene. So you want to fight, you better practice Kung Fu techniques, and conditioning.
If he's Kung Fu Jungle or Iceman, the HK police and gangsters will all be dead long ago. But it also shows that gangsters, rash and brash short fused criminals don't have the wisdom and discipline to practice Kung Fu and stay away from trouble.
Number Three: Stay Away from Drugs! Drugs destroys health, destroys families, and burdens a nation's economy. Singapore gives drug traffickers the death sentence. If Hong Kong also has this law, Cripple Ho and Lee Rock will be dead long ago.
Be it Kung Fu or Qigong, a clear mind is a key factor for success. We do not take any drugs that affects our mind, like marijuana or weed. We do not even want to have alcohol or caffeine in our system as it muddles or over stimulates our thoughts. Peoples who took drugs usually end up with devastated families, careers and will end up in crime to feed their habit. They form dangerous crime ridden ghetto areas in cities in first world nations, or simply keep the entire country in second or third world status.
This movie deserves 5 out of 5 for drama. Abit disappointed with the lack of Kung Fu domination. Very obvious Cripple Ho didn't even practice shooting at the range. His accuracy is so terrible, and he wasted so much screen time, so many warning shots to pull the trigger on his arch rivals. 3.5 out of 5 for the fighting scenes.