Martial Arts Films
As a representative of the Chinese action film, martial arts films have always been exceptional. The style is different from traditional action films that rely on visual effects and fighting scenes to attract the audience. Martial arts films promote a kind of spirit of chivalry oriented in Confucianism. And its spiritual core is not usually present in most of action films.
A large number of martial-arts movies emerged in the golden age of Hong Kong cinema in the eighties and nineties. It brought part of this chivalry spirit into the world, also let people feel an unprecedented obsession with Kung Fu. “Wong Fei Hung” fully deserves to be the frontrunner on these martial arts films.
Wong Fei Hung the Heroic National Figure
Not only do people appreciate the success of “Wong Fei Hung” in the subtle and flawless action scenes, but also in its motto “a national awakening to reach greatness through hard work”. Wong Fei Hung is different than the impression that Chen Zhen gave to the audience in “Fist of Legend“. He is not only a Wushu master, but also a heroic national figure.
As the popular saying, “the times produce their heroes”. Tsui Hark cleverly took the fate of a trivial person and connected it to a great age. Even though Wong Fei Hung couldn’t change the world by himself, but it felt like a dose of enthusiasm injected to a hopeless country, as an intention of awakening.
In a dark and chaotic era as in the late Qing dynasty, people consider Wong Fei Hung as the symbol of the best memories of those times. He is a sort of spirit, moreover, the best manifestation of the masculinity spirit in China.