While the so-called Golden Era of Hong Kong cinema was fueled in large part by its kung fu cinema a major factor in the success of martial arts cinema was the extreme diversity within the genre. Unlike today's market which is overwhelmingly dominated by period pieces and gritty crime stories, Golden Era Hong Kong had room for far more. And notable among those sub-genres which have since largely disappeared is the horror-kung fu hybrid.
And director Law Wing Cheong is bringing it back with The Wrath Of Vajra
Shaolin monk turned actor Xing Yu takes his first lead role in the picture, and if the trailers are anything to go by Hong Kong may have a significant new talent on its hands.
In the 1930s, before the Western powers entered World War
II, a Japanese death cult called the Temple of Hades is ordered to work
alongside the military to aid in the spiritual destruction of China. The
elite warriors belive that the war can be won without the use of
man-made weapons. They buy young children from impoverished parents and
train them in martial arts to be assassins serving the Japanese Empire.
he was 8 years old, Vajrasattva was among the children sold to the
Temple of Hades. Forced by his captors to fight for food, he
accidentally caused the death of his brother. He made a secret oath to
take revenge. Many years later, and now the greatest assassin in the
temple, he escapes to China and joins the Southern Shaolin Temple, where
he receives spiritual enlightenment and vows to protect his own country
against the Japanese.
A sales promo for the film appeared online in March and has now been followed by a brand new, very impressive, and English subtitled trailer. Check it out below.
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