The Wrath of Vajra (2013)

6.5 Overall Score
Direction: 8/10
Acting: 8/10
Effects: 8/10

The action scenes were pretty cool.

The music did not fit the film at all.

The Wrath of Vajra

 Kylin Network, Media Asia Films and Ningxia Film Studio 

Directed by  Wing-cheong Law

Written by Zhenjian Yang

Starring Yu Xing, Sung-jun Yoo and Heon Jun Nam

2013

 

Honestly, guys, I usually don’t watch many action movies. I did when I was younger, but nowadays, I see a lot of the same things. Not only that, but I also feel wheezy from the some of the kills in action movies, more so than I would from horror movies. Crazy, right? I can take stabbing a dumb blonde or a chainsaw across the nipple, but when you break a bone in a “this could really happen if I piss the wrong person off” kind of way, then I quickly arrive at the point where I’ve seen enough. I know not to go into the woods because zombies are out there, but if you tell me I can’t have a simple argument with the dainty hotel receptionist because she knows martial arts that could put me in a coma until the series finale of American Horror Story, then things just aren’t fun anymore. I literally fear for my life, wishing that I had booked a different hotel with Orbitz, encountering the receptionist who will cower into the corner at the mere site of my back hand if she doesn’t give me the right room. In short, action movies make me face reality, and sometimes, I don’t feel like it. In spite of all this, I have always been a sucker for unique filming styles, different camera angles, and lighting that is close to perfection. This, my friend, will make me consider watching and even liking a film. Allow me to give you the perfect example: Wing-cheong Law’s The Wrath of Vajra.

The beginning reveals that twelve years after World War II, Japan still meets strong resistance in China. The Prince of Japan decides to reawaken a death cult called Hades, established in the 1930s. Originally assembled under the leadership of Amano Kawao (Yasuaki Kurata), Hades collected poor kids from all over the world and raised them in the heart of China as fighters who would bring about China’s destruction from inside, while the Japanese military attacked from the outside. During World War II, the Japanese military disapproved Hades’ mission. Military leaders imprisoned Amano and exiled all members of Hades. Now, with the prince looking to establish Japan’s dominance in China, he calls on Amano, who in turn orders his protégé Kurashige (Steve Yoo) to design a tournament that gathers the strongest fighters to Hades. Revered fighters and previous members of Hades are forced to fight in the tournament unless they willingly join Hades. Other fighters enter the tournament after reading enticing editorials written by Eko (Yamei Zhang), Amano’s daughter.

Shi Yanneng (Yu Xing), also known as K-29 from his Hades affiliation, joined the Shaolin Temple after Hades first disbanded. A changed man, K-29 enters the tournament when Kurashige orders men to steal children from all over, including the temple. You probably see where the story goes from here.

Like I said, I’m an old school action girl. The tournament in The Wrath of Vajra brought me back to those classic tournament movies like Enter the Dragon and Bloodsport. What? You thought I didn’t know about those? Shame on you.

Truthfully, what I didn’t know was what “vajra” meant. It seemed to be very important to this movie, hence the title; however, I don’t think they ever gave a clear definition of it in the movie. But Wikipedia does. So after uncovering the history behind the word, the whole film made even more sense. I had one of those light bulb moments from Despicable Me.

I also enjoyed that it was a pure action movie. A love story sort of lingered in the shadows, but it didn’t reveal itself. I hate those movies where they try to give you every emotion under the sun. They try to cater to every demographic only to find the theater filled with the demographic known as crickets.

Regrettably, I didn’t quite understand the soundtrack. Sometimes, you heard a Pirates of the Caribbean or an Uncharted (Playstation 3) flavor, but it conflicted with ancient China’s serene atmosphere. On the other hand, I loved the sound effects during the fight scenes. You know the ones, the “I’m glad I’m not that guy” ones.

Overall, I liked the movie and I recommend it. I guess I have the vajra now!

 

 

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