A vicious killer Feng is going round Hong Kong killing top martial arts exponents, leaving a secret weapon called the Moonshadow as his calling card. When convicted killer and kung fu expert, Xia hears of this, he offers to help the police catch the killer, in return for his freedom. With Xia’s help, the police realize from the chronological order of the victims that the killer is targetting his victims, all the top masters in their martial arts style, following a martial code of training. When Xia also disappears after a close encounter with Feng, they suspect the worse: that the two are accomplices and Feng was the bait to help spring Xia from jail. But Xia has actually gone back to his home in Foshan to find out more about the mysterious calling card. While doing so, he discovers the killer’s identity and his motivation: the true philosophy behind martial arts was to kill opponents who were weaker than him. Steadfastly, Xia refuses to be drawn into a fight with Feng – until the killer threatens the woman he loves most. Only then does he realise that he would have to go against the martial code in order to uphold it.
After a slight re-titling, Donnie Yen’s latest film gets a teaser that, while light on the action, sets up some atmosphere and really struck me tonally as one of his films from the 90s. Sounding more and more like an old school fight film, only set within the notorious walls of Kowloon City, this film actually feel like quite the return to form after the bad taste left by Special ID. Look for Kung Fu Jungle to arrive in Chinese theatres this Halloween.