Ho Chung Tao
Shiloh Kremer | 10/30/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie had alot of excellent fighting scenes!!! Bruce Li's character is noble but dark. He has a mean streak. He is very intense and serious about bringing the bandit criminals to justice dead or alive!!
In this movie, Li plays a police chief who must lead his inept department of not so good kung fu fighters against some highly skilled bad guys.
One unique scene features a man standing on another man's shoulders and fighting together as one person against Bruce Li!
That sounds different because it is the first time I have seen a fight scene choreographed this way.
Because of Ho Chung Tao (Bruce Li) and the unique fight scenes that you must see to believe, I give this movie a 5 star rating. Another amazing action movie from the legendary Ho Chung Tao!!"
Not a spectacular film, but fun to watch.
Paper Master | 12/18/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Deadly Strike is a film reminiscent of the old matinee westerns that played in the theatres when I was a kid. A new lawman (Bruce Li) comes to town, and with the aid of a group of misfit convicts he takes on the bandits and their boss (Chen Sing) who have been terrorizing the region.
The story is predictable, but enjoyable. There's plenty of action mixed with humor and drama (or rather, melodrama, some of which is unintentionally quite funny itself). The camera work isn't bad, but the way the film was formatted to DVD makes the cinematography look worse than it really is. One funny gaffe: we can see the actors waiting to begin a fight sequence while adjustments to the lighting are being made. These sort of things can be distracting, but as the story goes on you learn to look past them.
Bruce Li, while not much of an actor, has a few rather impressive fight sequences. Chen Sing has incredible screen presence for a film of this sort, not to mention superior fighting skills. Unfortunately, you won't actually see that much of him in Deadly Strike. It's the charming and likeable supporting cast that really makes this film, including Lung Fei and Tsai Hung as convicts working for Li, along with inept lawmen, a witty thief, and what posse would be complete without a pretty-yet-dangerous prostitute? The bandits snarl and laugh maniacally, but never seem to pose much of a real threat.
All in all, Deadly Strike isn't a great film. It might not even be a good film. But it most definitely is a fun film to watch, and one that I can watch over and over without getting tired of it. But then, I always loved those cheesy westerns when I was a kid too."