Prodigal Boxer 2 Review
Secret of the Shaolin Poles is another film telling the tale of the legendary Chinese hero, Fong Sai-yuk. He used his great skills in order to take on the oppressive Manchu government. You also may remember that Jet Li played the same character in “Fong Sai-yuk” better known here as “The Legend”. Li's performance was excellent in Legend but I have to say that Fei Ming does a good job here as well.
The plot sees Fong returning to his town with a bounty on his head as he has become a thorn in the side of the Manchu government. Commander Ma has therefore entrusted his men to capture him. However to provoke a reaction from Fong, he kills two of his kung fu buddies. However as well as having to cope with this Fong discovers that someone named Fang Ting has been using his identity and all the perks that go with it, namely women and booze. They set about one another, but become friends after fighting. With Ma's men unable to capture him, he hires Dragon Lee, a famous Japanese fighter to kill Fong Sai-yuk. Dragon is only too glad about this as Fong killed his brother Tiger Lee and he wants revenge. Ma and Dragon lure Fong onto the titular poles and the games begin in earnest. Little does Fong know that the poles are booby trapped and he barely escapes with his life. He is taken to the wise Mai Chu who decides to teach him how to master the Shaolin poles as he knows he will have to face Dragon Lee and Commander Ma one more time and rescue his loved ones.
This is a cool movie with some excellent fights and the stunts upon the Shaolin poles are fantastic, with the skills of both Fei Ming as Fong and Yasuaki Kurata as Dragon exceptional. Sure it's the same old story, guy friends are in danger, fights to save them, gets beaten up, wise old man with white whiskers trains him and he gets his revenge and saves the day, but its great ride along the way. With this in mind it's a film you should check out. That being said, the quality is again very poor, much like the other DVD's being released by Prism. To be fair, there does not seem to be any better quality prints of this title around that they could have used, unlike the “My Kung Fu 12 Kicks” DVD.