One of the movies that I was curious about for a long time was King of the Streets. The film starred Yue Song came out fists blazing with a great trailer, but seemed to fizzle after the fact. The film actually came out in July of last year, though I haven’t heard much about it.
Thankfully, Well GO USA has acquired the rights to the film and it will be coming on August 6th. I still have high hopes for the film, even if it is all action and not much story. For those that want to know the story, here’s the synopsis:
Northern China, the present day. After accidentally killing an opponent at the age of 16, and serving eight years in prison for manslaughter, street fighter-cum-martial artist Yue Feng (Yue Song) is released and finally gets a job with a removals firm. Hearing that the grandmother (Liu Ming) of the man he killed is an impoverished street hawker, he anonymously buys food from her stall to help her. While doing a removal job for a privately run orphanage, he finds one of the staff is Yi (Becki Li), whom he’d previously helped when she was mugged in a backstreet.
As he was also an orphan, Yue Feng starts helping her out in his spare time, and learns the orphanage head, Zhou (Wang Zaihe), is under pressure to sell the land at an unfair price to a ruthless businessman, Li Shao (Yang Junping), for a resort development. Yue Feng finally tracks down his boyhood friend, Hai (Hou Xu), who is now working as an underworld fighter for hire. He invites Yue Feng to join him but the latter refuses. After Yue Feng fights off all the heavies who come to threaten Zhou, Li Shao agrees to settle the dispute with a fight between one of his own men and Yue Feng. On the day, however, Li Shao breaks the rules by fielding several opponents, including Yue Feng’s best friend, Hai.
Now, this movie feels like an old action film, for better or worse. Song is supposed to take on over 10 of the world’s top fighters as well as provide 20 vs 1 type action. Check out the trailer to see what I mean:
I think the success of the film will rest on the action sequences and how realistic they feel. I’m glad to hear that I’ll finally be able to check out this movie and hope that it satisfies that certain itch I’ve been trying to scratch.