Call of Heroes review by Bobby Blakey
Well Go USA has cemented itself as the premiere company for bringing the best of the best in martial arts cinema to the US. Their latest film Call of Heroes features martial arts icon Sammo Hung in charge of the action and Shaolin & New Police Story director Benny Chan leading the charge making it a must see for fans of the genre. Now fans will have a chance to bring it home thanks once again to Well Go USA.
Call for Heroes follows Cao, the spoiled son of a powerful General who has grown into a vicious and depraved warlord. Although Cao is accused of triple murder, his father will destroy the town if his son is convicted and sentenced to death. But injustice cannot go unanswered and the villagers prepare for the repercussions of punishing a guilty man. When you see Sammo Hung’s name in relation to any martial arts film you know you are in for some great action and this film does not disappoint. There is plenty of both straight on martial arts action and wire work that steps it up for fans to enjoy. Sure there are moments in these sorts of sequences that are not all that believable, but that is part of the fun. These days most of the martial arts films push for the grittier reality of the whast a person can do and I love it, but there is something so awesome and beautiful about the choreography that works in the wire work. These fights are like a ballet that comes together with beautiful fluid movements and timed function of the wire operators to make it something that works.
The story here is very reminiscent of the old school Kung Fu films of the 70s and 80s with a touch of humor thrown into the serious nature of the brutality happening around the characters. The acting is hit and miss and there are the usual moments where the film gets convoluted, but in the end it offers up some great martial arts action that fans of the genre will no doubt eat up.