Directed by Roel Reiné and written by Cameron Litvack, Jessica Chou and Yalun Tu, Fistful of Vengeance is a standalone follow up of the American supernatural television series Wu Assassins Season 1. The cast includes Iko Uwais as Kai Jin, Lewis Tan as Lu Xin Lee, Lawrence Kao as Tommy Wah, JuJu Chan as Zan Hui, Pearl Thusi as Zulu, Francesca Corney as Preeya, Jason Tobin as William Pan, Rhatha Phongam as Ku An Qi and, Katrina Grey as an Interpol Agent. The runtime of the film is 1 hour 36 minutes.
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Fistful of Vengeance: “Like The Avengers? Yeah, but Asian”
Fistful of Vengeance shows the union of the Wu Assassins that includes Kai, Lu Xin and Tommy to track the murderer of Tommy’s sister. We see the Trio being approached by a rich and mysterious man, Dr William Pan. The three discover a world-destroying plan that is about to come into effect. Being the heroes of the film, they embark on a journey to stop the plan from being executed. They are joined by Adaku, a federal agent, and Preeya, an arms dealer. The five form a team that sets out to save the world.
But, will our fantastic five be able to save the world? Or, will they perish in trying to safeguard humanity from the clutches of the rich and powerful? Fistful of Vengeance transforms itself into an action-packed, supernatural adventure movie to give out a message that has been repeated over a million times.
Fistful of Vengeance is a late entry to the world of supernatural, superhero cinema. From Marvel Studios’ world-building to the Matrix franchise’s technological superiority, this 2022 film stands as a bland reminder of a film we all have seen over a hundred times. Wu Assassins in itself was a series that could not reach a second season. Coming as a standalone of an unsuccessful series, the film tries too hard to implement existing film tropes, something forcefully.
However, the film has its own saving grace. The action scenes and cinematography are absolutely brilliant. And, as Neo would put it, they still do know some clever Kung Fu tricks that make it worth the watch. The cast gives in as much as it can, but it isn’t a success story. However, they keep you invested with their chemistry and teamwork. Inconclusive loopholes do make their way to dampen the watch but, they aren’t very terrible and, given this feels heavily inspired by the Avengers, even including a nod at them, it only makes sense that the makers have tried to construct an elaborate form of world-building through a single film, in turn wasting its potential instead.
Fistful of Vengeance: Final Verdict
Overall, the film isn’t a stretch, it is a quick and easy watch and you really don’t need to know or watch Wu Assassins to understand this film. It serves as a standalone that can be enjoyed without knowing where it originates from, which just might be the best feature in this movie. However, it isn’t a treat that will surprise you with new delicacies. It serves a stale storyline and the hero versus villain trope that mature audiences will not find interesting.
With good cinematography by Roel Reiné and action, Fistful of Vengeance makes for a crisp watch if you are craving an adventure movie. You can watch this film now streaming on Netflix.Instagram & Facebook to keep yourself updated with the latest news and reviews.