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2019 Cult Movie Challenge
Week 33: Aug. 13-Aug. 19
Tsui Hark Week
“We can’t fight guns with kung fu”
A very ambitious, if just a little overlong, martial arts epic full of quick paced action and a multilayered story.
Jet Li kicks ass as Wong Fei Hung, the leader of a local militia, who fights against the corrupt foreign forces occupying China. But the story’s not that simple. There’s also an extortion gang terrorizing the town, plus the inclusion of a down on his luck martial artist looking to make a name for himself. Add in all the overarching themes of nationalism, keeping tradition alive, and accepting change, and you’ve got a movie more complex…