House of Fury

Stephen Fung
Hong Kong, 2005, 102 minutes
www.houseoffury.jce.com.hk
Cantonese with English subtitles

Roxie Cinema 2/11, 1145p Buy


Nothing beats a late night kung fu movie.

Produced by Jackie Chan, House of Fury delivers over the top action, less than subtle comedy, manages to pay homage to both the Bruce Lee martial arts classics and The Incredibles, and features the legendary Anthony Wong (also onscreen in Inital D) using skeleton nunchukas.

Teddy Yu (Wong) appears to be nothing more than a widowed Chinese chiropractor raising a couple of teenagers. Although, his son Nicky (Stephen Fung) and daughter Natalie (Gillian Chung) did learn advanced martial arts techniques from him, and have ferocious battles at the dinner table. However, the kids are rather skeptical of Teddy's claims to have led a hidden life as a bodyguard for secret agents in a government witness protection program.

Until one day when Teddy gets kidnapped by a badass in a wheelchair and held for ransom. Nicky and Natalie launch a mission to save their father. Not only do their father's stories seem to have some truth in them, the are greater secrets ahead – and lots and lots of fighting.

The 'Wire-Fu' fight scenes peppered throughout the running time are solidly choreographed by the internationally renowned action choreographer Yuen Wo Ping, famous for his action direction in The Matrix, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Kill Bill and many more. House of Fury was chosen as the opening film for the 29th Hong Kong International Film Festival.

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