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“Raging Fire” The Hong Kong movie has never died. It’s not the way Benny Chan proved his usual cinema power at the much-anticipated ‘Raging Fire’ event, which was sadly his last direct attempt after the unexpected passage of nasopharyngeal cancer last August at the age of 58.
Raging Fire Movie Review
Benny Chan, of course, has been noted as one of Hong Kong’s most famous filmmakers who has given us the classic genres of ‘Big Bullet’ (1996), ‘A Moment of Romance‘ (1990), and ‘Gen-X Cops’ (1999). He is also looking forward to working with Jackie Chan on four successful games including ‘Who Am I?’ (1998), ‘ Rob-B-Hood ‘(2006), ‘New Police Story (2004), and’ Shaolin ‘(2011), or Jackie only appeared as a cameo in the final Raging Fire movie.
‘Raging Fire’ marks Benny’s return to the movie industry after spending the past few years exploring the genres of wuxia (2016’s ‘Call of Heroes’) and genres of sci-fi comedy (‘Meow’ of 2017). And the last time he made an action movie about law enforcement was a thrilling gift to the ’80s heroic-blooded shed cinema in‘ The White Storm ’(2013). The story of ‘Raging Fire’ – courtesy of Benny Chan, Ling Wai-Chun, and Tong Yiu-Leung – treads on common ground and even fills a gap with several issues in Chan’s previous films.
Donnie Yen, who worked with the director on ATV’s ‘Fist of Fury’ series back in the 90s, plays Regional Crime Unit inspector Cheung Shung-Bong. He used to meet with his boss Ya Kong Kong-Ngo (Nicholas Tse), a rising police officer who kept him in jail following a serious case that was brought up in the past. Since Ngo has been released from prison, he has been looking for revenge on Bong.
It all started with Ngo and his gang of former police officers (Henry Mak, Yu Kang, Cheung of Germany, and Tony Wu) destroying a police raid led by Bong’s chief of staff, Yiu Yeuk-Sing (Ray Lui), and killing everyone in sight. In addition to Bong, he also identified other suspects in his arrest, including his former boss (Ben Yuen).
Both Nicholas Tse and Donnie Yen have previously worked together on Body Guard and Assassins and Dragon Tiger Gate and it’s great to see them appear on the same screen again. The latter last appeared to lead the cast in 2017 ‘Cook Up a Storm’ before heading to the world of cooking as a chef and his return to a Hong Kong movie would not have been timely enough.
Tse is not a stranger to playing the role of opponents (see ‘Shaolin’) and in ‘Ringing Fire’, he did a good job showing his rebellious spirit as revengeful Yau Kong-Ngo. Donnie Yen is in his best role as Bong’s cop, which immediately reminded me of the same character he played in ‘SPL’ (aka ‘Kill Zone’ in the US) and ‘Flash Point’.
Back in the story, the movie is a tad overlong with a few exceptions that would have been completely out of print. And frankly, this isn’t the first time Benny Chan’s films have tended to extend the story more than they should. Given the fact that ‘Raging Fire’ plays straight through the usual themes of vengeance and injustice, it would have greatly benefited the movie if Benny had settled on a conservative story. Something very closely related to his slim body and the 90-minute disease seen in 1996’s ‘Big Bullet’.
The action, meanwhile, is where Benny gets the most out of it. In collaboration with Donnie Yen, a former movie action director, the culmination of the event is set to a delightful verve with enough vengeance and brutality. This is especially evident during the time of the war, especially Bong’s war against Ngo in the church. The scene itself serves even the ‘SPL’, complete with Bong using an elastic rod against Ngo’s butterfly knives. If that’s not enough, Nicholas Tse even mimics Donnie Yen and Wu Jing’s fighting style and looks convincing enough in terms of his speed and speed. Raging Fire.
And as expected in Benny’s action films, there are several well-designed shotguns and chases. The first one has a Michael Mann ” heat ‘sequence on the road and lastly, there is a point to be mentioned here: a high-speed follow-up between Bong’s SUV and Ngo’s motorcycle.
Even a year after Benny Chan’s death, it is still hard to believe that we can no longer see any of his future work after this. So, whether you are a fan of the director or the cinema of Hong Kong action in general, do yourself a favor and go watch ‘Raging Fire’. The movie may have had its fair share of mistakes but as far as Hong Kong’s main Raging Fire action movie, ‘Ringing Fire’ remains a very entertaining work.
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