Dance of the Dragon?
from SE UK
, 12 Apr 2010
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More like 'Pose of the Wannabe'.
The dancing bears no resemblance to real ballroom dancing (my wife works in the dance world).
The martial arts are, aside from Jason Scott Lee's presence, also pitiful. There is not even a hint of a decently-choreographed fight.
The film could have been so much more- if Tae had been a student of martial arts who has to study dance in his spare time, and add a twist to the dance, for example. The characters are caricatures, and are very two-dimensional and not particularly likeable.
Tae could have been so much more- a gifted individual, but he comes across as a typical wanna-be, with more passion than skill. He is pathetic, and has no real redeeming characteristics. Jang Hyuk is new to me, but I found him wooden and having only one expression throughout.
Cheng is also not fleshed out, and comes across as a typically type-cast baddie. Jason Scott Lee has done as much as possible, but it wasn't enough to save the movie.
Emi is a gossamer-thin ghost of what she could have been. Perhaps more of a mentoring role, falling for Tae because of his unique perspective? Fann Wong is gorgeous, but is desperately underused here.
The fact that the tagline and blurb make so much of the dancing and martial arts combination is extremely misleading, as neither is done any justice. As it is, I cannot even remotely recommend this to anyone. Avoid like the plague unless you WANT to be disappointed.
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