Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 12th, 2015
Theatrical Release Date: Hong Kong, 2001
Directors: Andrew Lau, Corey Yuen
Writer: Sap Sam Chan
Cast: Leehom Wang, Stephen Fung, Gigi Leung, Kristy Yang, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Yuen Biao, Roy Cheung, Cecilia Yip, Ekin Cheng
DVD released: October 13th, 2015
Approximate running time: 97 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Cantonese, Dolby Digital Stereo Cantonese
DVD Release: Well Go USA
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.98
Synopsis: In the future police are given a new weapon called the Power glove and when wearing this device the user can then tap into unused 80% of his mental capacity. Unfortunately like all side effects, this new device has one which allows the wearer of the Power glove to take over the minds of others. To complicate matters further, once this serious flaw was discovered the police decided to shut down the project and set out to retrieve all Power gloves. They were unable to retrieve a few of devices and one of the former participants in the Power glove project who is now a renegade officer has been searching for years to locate. Will he locate the missing Power glove and unleash his reign of terror or will his diabolical plan be foiled by those even more determined then him?
Though this film does offer up an interesting premise of a weapon which allows those who wear it to use the full capacity of their brain. Unfortunately this is yet another action film that lacks substances, while serving up heavy doses of style. And the end result is rather predictable take on the all too familiar take on good verse evil scenario.
Another area where things does not always gel includes the use of CGI in this film. Which on a handful of instances due to its crudeness the CGI calls to much attention to itself. This crudeness extends to this film set design which at times comes off looking like video game trapped in 1980’s technology. Fortunately when it comes to the giant monster the CGI looks a lot better.
The majority of the performances in this film are best described as merely adequate. With this film’s standout performance being Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero, Tai Chi Hero) in the role of Iron Surfer. And though this character is not the protagonist role. This character plays a large role in helping the protagonist achieve their goal. Other notable cast members include, Kristy Yang (The Storm Riders), Sammo Kam-Bo Hung (Eastern Condors), Yuen Biao (Knockabout) and Leehom Wang (Lust, Caution) in the role of Nova, the protagonist of the film. It is avenging what happened to his father which drives this film’s narrative.
Well Go USA presents The Avenging Fist in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s intended ‘scope’ aspect ratio. Colors and flesh tones look accurate, black levels are adequate and details generally look crisp, with darker moments lacking the same clarity that is present throughout the rest of the film. Also though there are issues with edge enhancement which looks more pronounced during scenes that are CGI heavy and some mild compression related issues.
This release comes with two audio options, Dolby Digital 5.1 mix in Cantonese and a Dolby Digital stereo mix in Cantonese. Dialog always comes through clearly, everything sounds balanced and the fight scenes have the sufficiently robust. Also included with this release are removable English subtitles.
Extras are limited to a trailer for the film and trailers for other titles also available from Well Go USA. Overall The Avenging Fist gets a serviceable audio / video presentation from Well Go USA that leaves plenty of room for improvement.