Raging Fire

2021 [CN]

Action / Adventure / Crime

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 93%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 100%
IMDb Rating 7.1 10 971

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October 26, 2021 at 10:59 AM



Nicholas Tse as Yau Kong-Ngo
Donnie Yen as Cheung Chung-Bong
1.13 GB
chi 2.0
24 fps
2 hr 6 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by kosmasp 8 / 10

Moral issues

Is it really a thin line? A line that anyone might cross if pushed hard enough? Even someone considered to fight for and protect the good and innocent? It really is tough to say - although I sort of think and would like to believe that Donnie Yens character would not fall into that trap of going over the top or crossing the line.

Benny Chans last movie - a really good one. And apart from Donnie Yen (also action choreographer and if you know him, I need not say more), it is especially the very charismatic Nicolas Tse that lifts this movie up. You almost root for him too. At least you can feel his pain.

There are vibes of Heat here, especially in one big action set/shootout. And that is meant as a compliment to both films. Still Heat had more gravitas if you think about comparing them. On the other hand, this has more fights and action set pieces ... and really good ones at that. And that is what this movie can boast with ... if you're a fan, you might not even care about story issues or certain characters not getting more screen time.

Reviewed by subxerogravity 8 / 10

Rest In Peace, Benny Chen

I found it to be an excellent action movie.

I went to go see Donnie Yen bring it and he delivered, despite this feeling that Yen is hit by old age. You can tell he was avoiding the quick punches from Ip man that he most likely cannot pull off any more, but he makes up for it with this new raw, tough and tumble style, made to look special with some great camera work.

Than again, another reason for Yen's change of styles could be that I was expecting a kung fu flick but what I got was just this complete action film. It has everything you would expect from an action flick: Gun fights, car chases and fight scenes and what makes it nice is that you get more than one of all these things.

I can't honestly give a good examination on how the story goes as my mandarin is non existent and I read subtitles at a 6th grade level, but I'll give some credit to the acting that got me engulf in a story I was barely picking up. Some good character development was going here on the big screen.

I would love to say that this movie is as good as Heat, or somewhere around there because the movie feels like they 're trying to get there, but that's a little too ambitious. It's a decent police drama with a whole lot of amazing action and I'll leave it at that,

Reviewed by kluseba 9 / 10

Traditional Hong Kong action thriller with a dynamic contemporary twist

Raging Fire is a Hong Kong action thriller directed by Benny Chan, known for genre films such as Who Am I?, New Police Story and The White Storm in his final directorial effort before his untimely death. Starring Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen, the film goes back to the identity of Hong Kong action cinema of the late eighties and early nineties with a dynamic contemporary twist.

The movie revolves around highly respected hardboiled cop Bong who doesn't take any bribes and always speaks the truth which often puts him in dangerous and difficult situations. His former protégé Ngo was forced to go to prison due to to Bong's testimony in a controversial trial. Once out of prison, Ngo has become a different man seeking vengeance upon everyone who had once wronged him. After a streak of violent crimes, Ngo finally faces his former mentor to conclude his quest for revenge.

Raging Fire convinces on many levels. The plot finds the right balance between emotions and energy. The crimes committed in the film and their immediate reactions are sparked by bitter, passionate and tragic feelings.

The characters are truly interesting. Bong is a protagonist who is an outsider but easy to identify with because of his strong beliefs and convictions. Ngo is a tragic antagonist who was once a dedicated and talented officer who has become blinded by frustration and greed. The conflict between these two men carries the entire film in a gripping way through more than two hours of fast-paced entertainment.

The actors and actresses manage to incarnate their characters authentically. Donnie Yen convinces as righteous cop who never seeks for the easy but rather the right way out of trouble. Nicholas Tse goes through significant changes with his character who develops from a promising cop over a tragic victim to a grim avenger. The supporting actors and actresses also manage to become one with their roles and add some depth to the film.

The action sequences are up to the highest contemporary standards. Pitiless martial arts fights meet frantic car chases and brutal shootouts. The different scenes offer much variety and never overstay their welcome. The camera work isn't overtly hectic and the scenes are easy to follow, dynamic and captivating.

The only element one could possibly criticize is that the plot is somewhat predictable and certainly doesn't reinvent Hong Kong action thriller cinema.

At the end of the day, genre fans will appreciate Raging Fire as one of the greatest action thrillers released in recent memory. It can not only compete with the golden age of Hong Kong action cinema three decades ago but also with contemporary Hollywood movies and franchises such as John Wick and The Expendables. Due to its spectacular cinematography in general and its excellent sound and visual effects in particular, you should try to catch this movie on the big screen. Up to this point, I would consider Raging Fire as one of the three greatest movies released this year.

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