If you are a HWANG JANG LEE fan , then there is no need to hesitate about this particulatr piece ; If you are not a fan of one of the greatest kickers in martial arts history, then this is an ideal opportunity to get to know the man who claimed he could beat the legendary BRUCE LLE in less that 5 minutes.
YOUNG HERO is your above average , more punch and less block martial arts action fare ; and it boasts two of the best kickers in the business ; HWANG JANG LEE himself and KWONG YOUNG MOON. Both (koreans) guys met in the film on two occassions and the fighting was simply fantastic....
HWANG JANG LEE is the leader of a japanese gang ,who seeks un-rivaled control of a local town ; Not so says KWONG YOUNG MOON , who has the leading martial arts school around with able sons like TINO WONG (invincible armour) and YUEN MIU ( the victim) ready to support him . Enter a lovely young lady --name un-known--whose uncle resides at KWONG'S school, and whose skills are just as good as the students ; joining forces with KWONG YOUNG MOON and his sons to ward off possible japanese attacks seems inevitable .
The action is good , training sequences are abundant and while the use of weapons are at a minimum , the action is invariably qualitative for the most part. Some comedy , relevant and brief and the director JOHN LAW MA (LO MAR) , who gave us such classics as STROKE OF DEATH and BOXER FROM THE TEMPLE , is well within his element as he uses a slim budget to get the most out of , what would be an average film. LO MAR kept the sino / japanese mantra at a minimum , which I think did help the story; It is more about the struggle for control of a small town.
The choreography is solid , just as the action set pieces and with high flying acrobatics and wonderful agility , displayed by YUEN MIU , it is hard to rate this one anything less than a ..." B-PLUS ".....!
One of HWANG JANG LEE'S better ol' skool kung fu flicks with a little something for everyone.