Seeing Sammo

SPL sammo hung donnie yen

POSTED: September 5, 2007 15:09 | By: Carol Borden

So for a lot of people the most exciting fight in SPL / Sha Po Long (2005) is this one between Donnie Yen and Wu Jing.

But for me it’s the 2 fights between Sammo Hung and Donnie Yen. The teaser in the lobby and the heartbreaker. It’s the first time they’ve ever fought together.

spl q&a55 and so fast, Sammo can move. At the SPL screening, a fan asked Sammo if he actually kicked the knife Donnie Yen throws at him out of the air.  “Yes, of course,” he said. “One take.”

Later he demonstrated a move, a kick so scary fast that it was barely visible.

After seeing him in so many comedic roles–he helped invent the kung fu comedy with films like Enter the Fat Dragon and Encounters of the Spooky Kind–it was amazing to see the depth and intensity of his performance as a villain trapped in hatred, grief and brutal retribution.

And it was amazing to see Sammo Hung in person, with all his enormous, blond, crew-cut bodyguards. It was also pretty amazing to see Colin in a tie.

I am looking forward to Flash Point and fully expect it to rock without him, but Sammo, well, Sammo is the shit.

 

(This was originally posted on the Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness Program Blog. TIFF has since deleted that iteration of the MM blog).

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