Fong Sai Yuk (HK 1993)

Rating: ****
Director: Corey Yuen Kwai
Cast: Jet Li, Josephine Siao, Sibelle Hu, Michelle Reis, Zhao Wen Zhiou (Chiu Man Cheuk, Vincent Zhao)

This film was my introduction to wushu champion Jet Li, and I was astonished. Li plays legendary folk hero Fong Sai Yuk, who is an incredible athlete and a reknowned kung fu fighter. It turns out that his dad is part of a secret society that's trying to overthrow the government, and our heroes soon catch the attention of a super villainous Zhao Wen Zhiou. An excellent film in all regards, full of furious kung fu action, light-hearted humor, heart-breaking melodrama, and tender romance. Fong Sai Yuk's mother (Josephine Siao) is an absolute riot, and she nearly steals the show. Beautiful Michelle Reis provides a love interest for Fong, and their chemistry is innocently magical. Great stuff.