Written by: Michael Den Boer on August 31st, 2013
BluRay released: August 6th, 2013
Approximate running time: 88 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 Mandarin, Dolby Digital Stereo Mandarin
BluRay Release: Well Go USA
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $29.98
Trying to explain to someone who is not a fan of the genre, what is so endearing about the martial arts genre is futile. It is one of those rare examples where there is no middle ground. Either you become a diehard fan or you are all around dismissive of this genre.
Ironically many of the reasons why this genre turns off some perspective viewers. These are the exactly the same things which make this genre so endearing to those who champion it. And though there is a deliberate narrative that each and every martial arts films follows. It is ultimately the journey of each films protagonist that proves to be this genres greatest reward.
This brings us to The King of the Streets, a modern day version of a tale that is all to familiar in the annals of martial arts cinema. One obvious inspiration is the Bruce Lee film The Chinese Connection (aka Fists of Fury).
Right from the get go its is quickly apparent that the action sequences are going to be first rate, brutal and violent. And though the film does make a strong effort to add substance to the more dramatic moments. In the end these more dramatic moments pale in comparison to their action counterparts. To best sum them up, they are a means to an ends.
It should be noted that The King of the Streets is literally a one man wreaking crew as its star Yue Song also wrote the screenplay and co-directed the film. Performance wise he has all the swagger that one would expect and want from the type of character that he is portraying.
Also is should not come as a surprise that his most memorable moments is rooted in action. It is a scene where he is forced to fight a childhood friend in a winners take all match-up. If he loses the match then the orphanage is to be given to the crime syndicate who is desperate to gain the land. On the flip side if his friend loses the match. He stands to lose a lot more, maybe even his life.
As mentioned before it is the action set pieces which drive this film. And despite the short comings during the more dramatic moments. The performance on a whole are actually pretty good. Ultimately The King of the Streets is a fast paced action extravaganza that holds up really well because of the charismatic performance from its leading man Yue Song.
The King of the Streets comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive anamorphic widescreen. Though details do look crisp throughout. It should be noted that some of the darker scenes lack the clarity that is present for the bulk of this transfer. Also there is a very specific look that this film is trying to achieve and some of these aforementioned visuals stylizations do lead to what appear to be some mild artifacts.
This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in Mandarin and a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in Mandarin. Both audio mixes are clear and balanced throughout. The DTS-HD 5.1 mix in Mandarin serves up a appropriately dynamic mix that is robust when it needs to be and does a great job with the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack. Also included with this release are removable English subtitles.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film and trailers for other titles also available from Well Go USA. Overall The King of the Streets gets a strong audio / video presentation from Well Go USA.
Note: This film is also being released by Well Go USA on DVD.