WellGo USA continues to churn out some of the best martial arts films around. The trailers for their latest release The Wrath of Vajra has been showing up on all their other releases and at quick glance doesn’t have any big names to suck you in, but looks to sport plenty of action. Truth be told the lead, Xing Yu aka Shi Yanneng will be familiar to any martial arts fan as this former Shaolin Monk has appeared in other films like Ip Man, but can he take the lead this time out and make a name for himself?
The Wrath of Vajra follows a Japanese death cult called the Temple of Hades who is ordered to aid in the spiritual destruction of China. Their method, abduct their enemies' children and train them as killers for the Emperor. Young Vajra was especially gifted, but swears a secret oath of revenge when his brother dies. Now the greatest assassin in the temple, Vajra escapes to China and begins his quest to protect the innocent, and destroy the ones responsible for making him a living weapon. There is just enough of a story here to keep things interesting but never makes things over complicated. The cast all do a great job bringing their characters to life, but its lead Xing Yu who really shines. He brings a great spirit to the role that is both at peace and conflicted. The action sequences are excellent and really take this film to the next level. Sure there are some of the cheesy over the top moments, but all of them are so well done that you buy into it all. Visually this film is outstanding bringing the usual period piece aspect to life, but it was the use of the environment in some sequences, most notably the rain in the final fight that is a marvel to watch.
While Xing Yu has made a name for himself as an ensemble actor prior to this film, he is no doubt going to be making a major splash in the industry. He has not only the acting and action chops to make for some great films, knowing his past as a Shaolin Monk brings even more credibility to his background that is sure to make him legendary.
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