Kar-Lok) sits in class, dreaming that one day he can be the
hero of the comics he so lovingly creates.
Unfortunately, Yuk-Su is weak and, along with his friend Fatty Hing,
often gets beaten up by all and sundry.
His heart is firmly in the right place, but Yuk-Su's body is unable
to follow...until he meets the French-Chinese instructor of a bodybuilding
Having freed Siu-Yu, a slave owned by a local pimp, Yuk-Su flees
with his father and the girl to the safety of Master Lo's (Lau
Kar-Leung) 'No.1 Beef Noodle' Restaurant.
Will Yuk-Su's new found strength be enough to defeat the pimp's
son - the Scorpion King - or is there one more twist in the tale?
Whilst Chin Kar-Lok never made the
big time, his action and acting skills are well to the fore in David
Lai's superbly directed feature.
Yuk-Su's yearning to become the real-life equivalent of his Jademan-esque
artwork, and his ongoing attempts to fulfil this dream, are well
realised by Kar-Lok.
Although he handles his role with an assured ease, it's evident
why he never became a prominent member of the Hong Kong acting fraternity...he
lacks screen presence.
This is brought sharply into focus each time he appears alongside
the legendary Lau Kar-Leung - a man who, even in the autumn of his
life, manages to set the screen alight.
Having helped lens the visually stunning Saviour
Of The Soul, David Lai takes to the helm and delivers a superb
solo effort. Not only do the fight sequences take your breath away
with their ingenuity and beauty, but so does the overall direction
and cinematography of the piece.
Although Scorpion King is highly impressive action-wise, it also
allows itself enough time and space to develop its characters, striking
a happy balance of brain alongside its brawn.
Even with the minor grain
which is occasionally noticeable, this is a highly accomplished
transfer by HKL.
Almost no artifacting, superb black levels, and mostly sharp detail
create an impressive presentation.
The aforementioned cinematography is shown in its best light thanks
to the beautifully rendered colours on display.
In a word - excellent.
well directed front speaker usage, much of it for ambient noise,
this remixed 5.1 soundtrack is pleasingly solid.
The centre speaker is given the lion's share of the work, with sfx
and dialogue rarely becoming drowned out.
songs, Chinese characters and few moments of mistranslated dialogue..what's
the world coming to?!
Seriously, these are a vast improvement on previous subbing efforts
and capture the film's script accurately.
A two minute showcase of Won's incredible kicking and flipping style.
Definitely worthy of repeat viewings.
Life Of A Legend
Excellently written by Bey Logan, this text-only mini biography
is a hugely welcome addition considering the lack of a Lau Kar-Leung
This specially commissioned interview with the Scorpion King provides
some interesting background information .
Topics covered include his experiences of Hong Kong, the Scorpion
style which he developed, and his feelings towards cast, crew and
the overall production.
Much of this enthusiastic 17 minute interview covers Kar-Lok's experiences
with Samo's 'Hung Gar Ban' Stunt group. The remainder of the piece
centres on Chin Kar-Lok's thoughts on the movie and his friendship
with Won Jin.
Yet more sterling work by Bey Logan as he reveals numerous facts
about the film, its stars, and directors.
Lai certainly hit many of the right notes with this Martial
Arts drama set in the mid-1900's, and thankfully, so have HKL -
an impressive transfer, and some pleasing extras all add up to a
highly recommended DVD release.