Dr. Wai And The Scripture With No Words (HK 1996)

Rating: ***
Director: Ching Siu Tung
Cast: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Charlie Young, Billy Chow

Not at all what I was expecting, but entertaining nonetheless. Jet Li portrays a struggling novelist with his marriage to Rosamund Kwan on the rocks. He writes a series about a character known as "The King Of Adventurers" who is a globe trotting Indiana Jones type of hero. By the end of the film his two assistants and his wife have all written a part of the story and acted it out. A sort of lighthearted Asian version of "Raiders Of The Lost Ark" (1981) with some great looking set pieces and effects. Jet Li, as always, is quite charming and very versatile in his role(s). Billy Chow plays the divorce lawyer who shows up in the story as a nasty Japanese general and beats on Jet Li for a while. Both Rosamund Kwan and Charlie Young are wonderful to watch and have strong, well defined characters. A great looking fun adventure film!