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My Father is A Hero
Tai Seng
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Review by Earl Cressey | posted April 25, 2001 | E-mail the Author
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My Father is a Hero

Movie:
My Father is a Hero, originally released in 1995, was directed by Corey Yuen, of Fong Sai Yuk fame. The film stars Jet Li (Kung Wei), Anita Mui (Fong Yat Wah), and Xie Miao (Siu Ku), and is available on DVD from Tai Seng and Mei Ah Laserdisc. Buena Vista Home Entertainment has previously released the film on DVD; it was re-titled as the "Enforcer," with only the English dub.

Kung Wei is an undercover police officer who, in order to maintain his cover, is arrested in front of his wife and son, Siu Ku. Kung Wei is then imprisoned with Darkie, an underling of a crime boss. He hopes that when they escape, he'll be able to get in the gang and find out the boss's connections. Things work out as planned, and he's accepted in, but almost immediately, he's forced to prove his loyalty in staging a robbery. Meanwhile, Siu Ku believes his dad is a criminal, and with the help of Fong, a police investigator on his father's trail, they set out to find him in Hong Kong. Kung Wei soon finds himself in over his head, and must rely on help from both Fong and his son in order to come out alive.

I've seen few movies with Jet Li, though I've liked the ones that I've seen. My Father is a Hero combines some fantastic martial arts action and a decent story with great results. The subtitles are a bit iffy though, with quite a few grammatical and wording errors, but it is passable.

Picture:
My Father is a Hero is presented in 1.85:1 widescreen. The print has a large number of specks that appear throughout the film; there are also some marks, scratches, and some shimmer that appear periodically. The colors are a bit muted in appearance, though flesh tones are, for the most part, accurate. The black level is decent. For a film only a few years old, I really expected better, but the transfer is adequate.

Sound:
My Father is a Hero is presented in Cantonese and Mandarin Dolby Digital 5.1, with subtitles available in Chinese and English. The 5.1 tracks have a fair number of pops in them and the dialogue is not always crisp. Rear surrounds are used infrequently, and are mostly for ambient noise. There is very limited directionality in the track as well, as dialogue is center channel based, and effects are almost entirely based in the two front speakers.

Extras:
The only extra is the film's trailer, which is not dubbed or subtitled in English.

Summary:
Fans of Hong Kong martial arts films or Jet Li should definitely give My Father is a Hero a look; despite the iffy subtitles, I found it to be a great and enjoyable film. Recommended!

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