Length : 85 min
Aspect Ratio: Letterbox
Actors : Jimmy Lee
– Jospeh Kuby
Rebellious Reign (1980)
AKA: Rebellious Rain [Illiterate Video Asia On-Disc Title]
Director: Fong Cheung
Producer: Lo Wei
Cast: Lung Fong (Jimmy Lee), Norman Chu, Lee Kwan, Kwan Yung Moon, Cheng Fu Hung, Chan Wai Lau, Alan Chui (Chung San, Alan Hsu), Lee Gong, Chan Gwan Biu, Gam Sai Yuk, Mo Man Sau, Got Tin, Chu Mei Yam, Chu Ko, Chui Yuen, Wang Chiang Liang
Running Time: 86 min.
Plot: Jimmy Lee (AKA Lung Fong) is Nie Kan Yao, the true life Ming patriot who nearly brought down the Ching rule singlehandedly. Without doubt one of the best kung fu films ever made. Breath-taking choreography from “The King Of Flash”, Alan Hsu.
One of the best Kung Fu films Ever
Among these films was a project, that Bruce wanted to do, about a famous captain in ancient China called Nin Gung-Yao (or Nien Kan Yao) – a talented martial artist with good intentions if cloudy and even questionable motives. Bruce wanted his childhood friend and Shaw Bros. director Chu Yuan (or Chor Yuen – the old kingpin in Police Story) to be the director. Chu was the right man for the job seeing as how the story would concern political intrigue, double dealing and conspiracies – the type of narrative elements which Chu explored in his Wuxia films at Shaw’s, with labyrinthine plotting no less.
When Bruce Lee died, there was a void created in the martial arts film industry. Not only did his death stop potential projects to materialize but it left missed opportunities in the form of projects that already had some conception.
Of course there was Game of Death and The Silent Flute (the latter which was recreated as Circle of Iron by David Carradine), but there was other films he was going to do after the completion of Game of Death. Films that I’ll discuss in greater detail at the end of this review.
He had already done screen tests showing him in different costumes (the idea of the story was that it took place over a long period of time hence the radical changes):
Had Bruce lived, the action (whilst still featuring classical Kung Fu movements) wouldn’t have been wire-heavy nor would it have been a fantasy movie per se. But like Chu’s other films, the film would have had quality swordplay sequences and enough production values to parallel that of a Hollywood feature with drop-dead gorgeous sets, costumes and cinematography filling the frames in an eye-popping and mind-blowing manner. Not only that but the film’s story and characters would have been developed fully to the extent that it would have changed the opinion (of international critics) that martial arts films had no stories and what stories they did have were usually lightweight.
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