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Sammo Hung (Actor) | Wang Wen Jie (Actor) | Liu Feng Chao (Actor) | Jackie Chan (Producer)
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Wushu - The Young Generation (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
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Jackie Chan serves as executive producer of Wushu - The Young Generation, starring a group of young martial artists with the potential to be the next generation of Asian action stars. Director Antony Szeto (fantasy animation Dragonblade) helms this action-packed tale of martial arts students who must face a variety of challenges as they prepare to graduate. Leading the pack of newcomers are the talented duo of Wang Wen Jie and Liu Feng Chao, both of whom accompanied Jackie Chan to the Cannes Film Festival to help promote the film. Besides Chan, the pair get an assist from another martial arts legend, Sammo Hung, who plays an honorable wushu instructor and father to one of the boys.

Wushu teacher Li Hui (Sammo Hung) is looking to shepherd his two sons Li Yi (Wang Wen Jie) and Li Er (Wang Ya Chao) through school and into manhood. Li Yi is tipped to win a hotly-contested wushu competition, but he insists on performing his late mother's signature move, which is so difficult that it could cost him the gold medal. His friends have their own trials to face, but darkness intrudes when former wushu prodigy He Le (Tie Nan) attempts to kidnap some of the wushu students, and Li Er is among the abducted. Along with Li Yi and student Yang Yaowu (Liu Feng Chao), Li Hui tracks down the villains to a secluded estate, where the teacher and his students must harness their formidable wushu training in order to save their friends and bring He Le to justice.

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Product Title: Wushu - The Young Generation (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 武術之少年行 (DVD) (香港版) 武术之少年行 (DVD) (香港版) 武術之少年行 (香港版) Wushu - The Young Generation (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Sammo Hung (Actor) | Wang Wen Jie (Actor) | Liu Feng Chao (Actor) | Wu Ma | Max Zhang 洪金寶 (Actor) | 王文傑 (Actor) | 劉 峰超 (Actor) | 午馬 | 張晉 洪金宝 (Actor) | 王文杰 (Actor) | 刘 峰超 (Actor) | 午马 | 张晋 洪金寶(サモ・ハン・キンポー) (Actor) | 王文傑(ワン・ウェンジェ) (Actor) | 劉峰超 (リュウ・フォンチャオ) (Actor) | 午馬(ウー・マー) | Max Zhang Sammo Hung (Actor) | Wang Wen Jie (Actor) | Liu Feng Chao (Actor) | Wu Ma | Max Zhang
Director: Antony Szeto 司徒 永華 司徒 永华 Antony Szeto Antony Szeto
Action Director: Antony Szeto 司徒 永華 司徒 永华 Antony Szeto Antony Szeto
Producer: Jackie Chan 成龍 成龙 成龍(ジャッキー・チェン) 성룡
Release Date: 2009-05-08
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD-5, DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIB
Publisher: CN Entertainment Ltd.
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1012952139

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10 years ago. Nine year old LI Yi (WEI Dong) and his younger brother LI Er (WU Dezhou), board a train to their school. Their father, LI Hui (Sammo HUNG), is a teacher at this small town elite school of wushu (Chinese martial arts) which will be the backdrop to their growing up. The children, who have been brought up by their grandmother since their mother’s death, are excited to be starting a new life with him.
At the school the brothers get into trouble on their very first day and meet their life-long friends: FONG Fong (LIU Xin), Xiao ZHANG (SHI Yao) and YANG Yauwu (LIANG Zhicheng). While LI Yi (WEI Dong) and LI Er ( WU Dezhou) adjust to living with their father, the five friends immerse their lives in learning the disciplines of martial arts with no other thought but to excel. When, by chance, they find a secret hideaway, they form their own gang, JINWUMEN, swearing allegiance to each other and to be the very best.
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June 8, 2009

As a film which is actually about martial arts, it is hard to fault the pedigree of Wushu - The Young Generation. Aimed at introducing a new and highly talented bunch of experts, the film also stars the legendary Sammo Hung, and was produced by none other than Jackie Chan. It was directed by Antony Szeto, previously responsible for the fantasy animation Dragonblade and who also provides the action choreography. Concentrating on the positive aspects of wushu and its role as a competition sport, the film was unsurprisingly officially endorsed by the Director General of the State General Administration of Sport, the top governing sports body in China. Thankfully, this doesn't translate into the film being a too patriotic or flag waving affair, with plenty of action and an upbeat focus on the theme of friendship.

The film begins as two young boys called Li Yi (Wang Wen Jie) and Li Er (Wang Ya Chao) are taken by their wushu teacher father Li Hui (Sammo Hung) to their new wushu school. Growing up, they form a club which they call Jin Wu Men with new friends Xiao Zhang (Shi Yao),Yang Yaowu (Liu Feng Chao) and the equally talented young female fighter Fong Fong (Liu Xin). The five dedicate themselves to learning martial arts, supporting each other and generally being righteous, competing for places in the regional wushu trials. Trouble rears its ugly head when an evil ex-wushu student called He Le (Tie Nan) snatches a couple of young students as part of a child kidnapping scheme and the gang have to put their skills to the test to bring him to justice.

In terms of martial arts, Wushu - The Young Generation certainly delivers, with most of the running time being taken up with the young cast showing off their considerable skills. Although initially this is mainly through competition scenes, once the admittedly rather tangential child kidnapping subplot is introduced (if not actually explained), there are a number of more traditional fights and brawls. All of the actors get several chances to demonstrate their abilities, and all would seem to have the moves and speed to guarantee them careers in the industry, in particular Wang Wen Jie and Wang Ya Chao, both of whom are at times reminiscent of a young Jet Li. Fans will be pleased to hear that Sammo does get in on the action himself, though not until the final act, perhaps not wanting to steal the thunder from his young charges. Szeto's direction is solid, and although he does go a bit overboard with the slow motion and split screen work, he handles the fight scenes well enough and adds a winning sense of energy to the proceedings.

Aside from the martial arts, the film is all about friendship and learning to do what is right and noble. As messages go, there are worse, though all the smiling and enthusiasm does get a little bit too much at times, with none of the students ever showing much in the way of real humanity. Morally the film is painted in broad strokes of black and white, with the He Le being a comprehensively nasty piece of work solely for the purpose of providing a villain - albeit an incredibly incompetent one who freely admits his schemes and makes no effort whatsoever to cover his tracks. Still, all of this, along with the cliche which make up the plot are only to be expected, and do not prevent the film from being fun and likeable. The cast are generally charismatic, and they do manage to convey a genuine sense of camaraderie which helps to distract from the film's narrative weaknesses. As such, the film does hold the attention, even if at times it does so by being inadvertently amusing.

Thanks to this, and more importantly to the impressive amount of martial arts action, Wushu - The Young Generation makes for entertaining, if undemanding viewing and should be enjoyed by genre fans or anyone interested in seeing who might very well be the stars of the future. It's always good to see Sammo on screen, and the film would probably stand as a must-see solely due to the fact that it gives him a chance to show that he can still hold his own against the younger generation.

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10 (3)

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December 24, 2009

good but not great Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
for a film that is to demonstrate the skills of wushu there is an awful lot of wire work involved but saying that they do not distracted from the over all enjoyment of the film. the new talents are very skilled at what they do and each get a chance to show of there skills some less than others.

story wise it is your typical film where some one is to win a competition but has to over come some obstacles to achieve his task; not much to shout about but it is the frame work for the wushu practitoners to show off in floor demonstrations and fight scenes. the villain of the piece is your arcetype villain he is pure evil from the day he was born and is expelled from"snore".

the fight scenes are well crafted but it is the demostrations that are more entertaining for they show off there actual skills with out the aid of wires. Sammo hung crops up for the end fight but his fight is poor with him being in a harness quite often.
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May 22, 2009

This movie is spoilt by its very bad DVD transfer Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10
I was much looking forward to this movie, but the technical quality of the present release is quite disappointing : why would the producer choose, in this time of modern technology, to encode this movie on a DVD 5 - 4 GB disc, with the resulting lack of sharpness and brightness ?

It is like watching the movie through a milky filter. The picture is flat and boring. In fact, the transfer is so inadequate that it reminds me of cheap DVDs of the late 90's. This movie deserved better. Shame on the producers and distributors for always going for the tacky option !

I had hoped for a "Dragon Tiger Gate" type of movie, which had a perfect picture quality. This one is very far from it. Why do producers shoot themselves (and their actors) in the foot by overlooking such an obvious element : make the movie technically pleasant to watch, so that the actors can have the best chance to show their skills and succeed ...

It is sad for the boys who deserved better help from their producer !...
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April 10, 2009

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Nice story Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
This movie shows the importance of sports and having good friends to support you especially in times of needs. Sammo Hung still good even if his bigger and older...well a bit slow but thats understandable.

I think in this film you will see new talented youngters that can be considered the new Jackie or Jet Li. It's not a full action film if you are expecting.
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