Kung Fu Cult Master (HK 1993)

Rating: ***
Director: Wong Jing
Cast: Jet Li, Chingmy Yau, Samo Hung, Cheung Man, Gigi Lai, Ngai Sing, Richard Ng, Leung Ka-Yan, Lawrence Ng, Tsui Kam Long, Cho Wing

Another silly period piece from Wong Jing, but it's full of action, great fighting, good camera work, and beautiful women. Jet Li is the kung fu cult master and he gets to jump around on wires and kick some serious butt throughout the film. A sinister and cunning Cheung Man has never looked more lovely and regal than in this film, but she doesn't get to fight much. Even though she has ridiculous hair, Chingmy Yau is always a welcome sight, and she pulls off some impressive stunt work. And, of course, Samo shows off his fighting splendor as well. Additionally, there is another fatally pretty swordswoman in the film who kicks ass played by beautiful Gigi Lai Chi. This film is interesting in the way that the story is told and unfolds. The film ends right before the expected climax, with lots of tension and unanswered questions remaining as the credits roll by. Annoying, yet intriguing, this film improves with multiple viewings.