‘Wolf War­rior II’: a pa­tri­otic saga

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - TWOCENTS - By Alok Joshi Page Edi­tor: yinlu@glob­al­times.com.cn

Iam not a great fan of Chi­nese movies, but I have seen a few of them. Re­cently, every­one around me in Bei­jing seemed to be rav­ing about Wolf War­rior II (2017). I was cu­ri­ous to know what all the hype was about and why it be­came the big­gest film in Chi­nese box of­fice his­tory.

Luck­ily, I got in­vited to watch it.

I went to the movie with no ex­pec­ta­tions, nei­ther did I know who Wu Jing was. The only Chi­nese ac­tion he­roes I knew up to that point were Jackie Chan and Jet Li.

For me, the added in­ter­est was the fact that the movie was shot on the African con­ti­nent, where I had worked for over three years be­fore com­ing to China.

From start to fin­ish, the movie kept me mes­mer­ized with its ac­tion-packed, thrilling drama that un­folds fan­tas­ti­cally.

Like Sylvester Stal­lone and John Wayne, the lead­ing ac­tor and film di­rec­tor Wu Jing suc­cess­fully ex­ploited the crowd-pleas­ing po­ten­tial of tech­ni­cally flaw­less mil­i­tary ac­tion-ad­ven­ture hero­ics with a heavy dose of flag-wav­ing pa­tri­o­tism.

Wu plays a for­mer Chi­nese spe­cial forces op­er­a­tive, an im­pul­sive sniper named Leng Feng, who finds him­self in the mid­dle of an African rev­o­lu­tion in this se­quel to the 2015 hit.

After be­ing dis­missed and im­pris­oned for an as­sault com­mit­ted in a fel­low sol­dier’s honor, the for­lorn Leng brings his skills to Africa to track down the ter­ror­ists li­able for the pre­sumed death of his lover.

Loved by the lo­cals, Feng vol­un­teers to get in­volved when civil war wrecks the coun­try and a group of blood­thirsty mer­ce­nar­ies in­vades. He fights to pro­tect not only the lo­cal Chi­nese com­mu­nity

but also the help­less African peo­ple.

Even without sub­ti­tles, any for­eigner can un­der­stand this movie be­cause it is a non­stop ac­tion movie.

Mar­tial arts com­bat, gun bat­tles, car chases, and a tank bat­tle, there is pretty much ev­ery­thing you can ask for in this ac­tion film.

The beauty is that Wu fits the role with his awesome phys­i­cal­ity and charisma. He just can’t help be­ing the right man in the wrong place at the right time.

The tim­ing of the movie was also very right. The Chi­nese au­di­ence has been wait­ing some time for a good movie.

It’s open­ing week also co­in­cided with the 90th birthday of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army on Au­gust 1.

The film touched the spirit of pa­tri­o­tism in the heart of ev­ery Chi­nese viewer. The au­di­ence clapped as the hero echoed the fa­mous words, “Once a wolf war­rior, al­ways a wolf war­rior.” For once they were glued to the movie in­stead of their phones.

I also watched as the au­di­ence gave a stand­ing ova­tion when Wu Jing waved the Chi­nese flag through the war-torn African vil­lage to board the naval res­cue ship.

There is no rea­son Chi­nese view­ers should not love this film. As an ex­pat, I loved watch­ing it as well.

Il­lus­tra­tions: Xia Qing/GT

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