Like several of his contemporaries including Jackie Chan and Donnie Yen, Jet Li has been stuck in a rut of period pieces for the past few years. Sure he has glorified cameos in The Expendables films and he made a drama (the excellent Ocean Heaven) too, but for lead action roles? It’s been a string of historical epics since 2007.
Happily, also like Chan (Police Story 2013) and Yen (Special ID), Li is finally returning with an action flick set in modern times. Badges of Fury teams him up with the equally awesome Collin Chou (Flashpoint) and Wu Jing (SPL) in a story about cops tasked with stopping a serial killer who’s been targeting a popular singer’s ex-boyfriends.
The original Hong Kong trailer released over the summer and gave some of us reason to pause with its lack of action and focus on untranslatable humor. Now that the film is getting a release in the States next month from Well Go USA though, a new trailer has been put together highlighting the good stuff.
Check out the US trailer below.
Chef joke aside, there’s nothing funny about this trailer. It’s all action, and even though it doesn’t look shy about its use of wire-fu there still seems to be quite a bit of the fisticuffs that Li’s so damn good at. Add in Chou, Jing, Michelle Chen, and Yan Liu, and you have a film that can’t help but entertain the eyes.
Badges of Fury explodes onto Blu-ray & DVD on January 7, 2014.