The Emperor believes that Ying killed Tu in order to conceal his identity as the traitor, and orders to have Ying and his clan killed. It is scant compensation for the seemingly interminable one half hour wait, and ultimately disappointing because neither Wang Baoqiang nor Kang Yu as his nemeses are anywhere near close to being Yen's worthy on screen opponents. For a car chase scene, actor also loaned his black to the production. I mean, why meddle with something that had already been made? And I've seen a couple of them too. This blog only represent my personal view and movie experience. The film then just ends abruptly soon after that without a proper cliffhanger.
Actually, the humor and the martial arts are thrown in to sugarcoat the nationalist and racist agenda of the story. Frozen for 400 years arriving to modern day Hong Kong, Ying accidentally meets an intoxicated woman named May on Halloween evening, who later gives him shelter. The last fight scene is easily one of the best action scenes in the past 3 - 4 years of Movies. Meanwhile, Ben Kenigsberg of gave the film a C+ rating. At least others Yen's movies, though they might not be great in plot or development, they still have the fast paced aggressive stunts.
Three of them frame He Ying with conspiring with Japanese pirates, leading to his execution. Instead, those that are still alive find contentment in returning to exactly the way things were. It shamelessly seduces you with big budget box art before unzipping its pants and spraying you right in the face with force of a firehose. During the Ming Dynasty four orphans; Ying, Sao, Yuanlong and Niehu are raised in Taoyuan Village and become close to being brothers. This causes Kuklinski to enter such a raging fit that he then initiates a high speed chase after the man through three neighborhoods, again putting his family in danger. It felt that there are actually lesser fight sequences compared to the original. Anyway, the director Raymond Yip Cook Up A Storm, Bruce Lee, My Brother etc was kind enough to give us the background story from the first movie in the first 5 minutes or so.
At the same time though, the action sequences are potentially not as frequent as you might imagine. At every turn the audience is reminded the lost glory of the lost empire. Now in 2013, Squire Tang, funded by a mysterious financer, digs up Ying, Sao and Niehu. Iceman does not come from this age. While its hard to see Schwimmer as a mobster, he handles Rosenthal nervous temperament with ease and makes the character relatable.
It tries for a bit modern touch, but ultimately relies on campy old-fashioned jokes. At one point, Ying fights off his enemies by squatting on a toilet and loading it with his explosive waste, whereupon he escapes while others are scraping Ming Dynasty feces off their faces. Ying was framed for collusion with evil Japanese and frozen in ice alongside former comrades Sao Wang Baoqiang and Niefu Yu Kang. Eventually it reaches a seemingly endless climactic battle sequence that includes a motorcycle chase, a horseback chase, car crashes, helicopters, explosions and, of course, fights with swords, shields, halberds, chains and screams. Not only does he possess nearly god-like fighting and intellectual powers at times, but he also seems to magically understand technology--and he inexplicably uses the internet and destroys surveillance cameras! By the time the film comes to a close however, is it too late to reel in viewers for further adventures? They continue to take up the chase they left behind in the past, eventually leading to several showdowns around Hong Kong. Then, in a flashback, a Chinese officer is being accused of conspiring with the dreaded Japanese pirates back in the 17th century. The story is very self-explanatory and there are no plot twists along the way.
The soundtrack and sound effects are standard mill stuff so that was a bummer. A short review so that I don't give out too many spoilers. I am not sure if it is truly a strong piece because some of the material didn't connect with me personally. This is a 2 part movie, and coming out from the cinema, i can hear people saying they can't wait for the 2nd one. With his intelligence and hard-work, Ying soon becomes more familiar with the idea of modern society with the help of the internet. He even helps May with her invalid mother currently in a nursing home. That being said, the tone of the action scenes is perfectly aligned with the tone of the rest of the movie.
I guess if ludicrous time travel or even poop joke get a pass, anything could happen. There's a moment when Ying produces explosive feces, and another occasion when he's flatulent in an elevator, and let's not forget the crude humor surrounding a certain part of the male anatomy. The focus of the movie itself is broken. Donnie Yen did, of course, steal the scene with his performances. The production team tries comedy, but this is no Stephen Chow film. The one running joke that seems promising—May realizing her houseguest travels with gold ingots, and has a poor understanding of modern-day economics—is quickly abandoned in favor of an underdeveloped side plot about aging parents, and a sappy romance.
With all three thawed in the present, Sao and Niefu go about hunting down Ying, who they mistakenly consider to be a traitor. Kuklinski suspects Pronge and shoots him in a public park. Review by Kozo: Donnie Yen returns with the bewildering and sometimes entertaining action-comedy Iceman 3D. Apart from knowing how to fight, He Ying is also an expert at treating illnesses, cooking, and rescuing people. The characters, although a bit cliché, offer a collection of comic relief, romantic interlude, and tons of dramatic inflection. I also heard many complaints and sighs of disappointments from the audience when the movie finished So if you are looking for Donnie Yen's quality movies, I think you can definitely skip this one.