Director: Stephen Fung
Starring: Stephen Fung, Anthony Wong, Gillian
Chung, Charlene Choi, Daniel Wu, Wu Ma
Released By: Shaw
Official Website: http://houseoffury.jce.com.hk
Released Date: 31 March 2005
On the surface, Teddy Yu (Anthony Wong) is a Chinese chiropractor
and a widowed father. His son Nicky (Stephen Fung), a dolphin
trainer at Ocean Park and daughter Natalie (Gillian Chung),
a high school student, learn the art of kung fu from him,
but are unconvinced and sceptical of their father's claim
to having a hidden life as a heroic bodyguard for retired
secret agents. It is obvious that the family will not stay
harmonious for long as the children become increasingly tired
of their father’s bragging.
Then one day, Rocco (Michael Wong) arrives in his wheelchair,
asking Teddy for information on an ex-agent code-named Dragon.
Knowing that Dragon foiled Rocco's mission 12 years ago, an
incident that left Rocco wheelchair-bound for life, Teddy's
lips are sealed. Rocco leaves in silence but soon returns
with his four henchmen. Teddy puts up a valiant fight but,
outnumbered, he is finally captured and taken away. Tortured
and drugged, Teddy reveals that data on the retired agents
is hidden in his kids' lucky charms.
Rocco's men are immediately dispatched to Natalie's school
but they are no match for the team of battling siblings. Unable
to get what he wants by force, Rocco reverts to Plan B and
threatens to kill Teddy unless the kids can find Dragon for
With the help of boy friend Jason (Daniel Wu) and goofy schoolmate
Ella (Charlene Choi), Natalie finally finds the clue to her
father’s disappearance and unearths the secret data
files hidden in the lucky charms. It is then that she and
Nicky realise Dragon is none other than their father's long-time
friend Tide (Wu Ma). The people in those thrilling spy stories
they grew up hearing from their father finally have recognizable
faces. Their father is telling the truth after all! Just when
they are planning to pay Tide a visit to enlist his help,
Jason locks them up and confronts Tide on his own. Jason's
motive becomes the new mystery that Nicky and Natalie have
to solve before they can save their father. But time is rapidly
The job of the spy protector is nowhere easier than great
spies like James Bond or Jason Bourne. Though they also have
the assistance of cutting edge technology, these spy protectors
usually rely on merely their wits, fists and kicks to execute
their mission. To add on to their job hazards,
those retired spies that they were tasked to protect, were
also formidable kung fu master, who was capable of shattering
their opponent’s vertebrae with bare hand!
the warp comedy “Enter the Phoenix”, Stephen Fung
continue his strive as a multi-faceted filmmaker with this
“House of Fury”, penning the story, directing
the set and acted in the movie. There’s nothing to shout
about his acting but his creativity have greatly improved
as compared to his last works. The story of special agents
with great martial arts skills protecting retired spies was
original and refreshing. However, like “Enter the Phoenix”,
the format of “House of Fury” was predictable.
Think of those 80s Hong Kong’s cop movies like "Aces
go Places” and “Yes! Madam!” series, where
the story would opens with a spectacular display of the Good
fighting the villains, follows by a brief appearance of all
the main characters, then came some directionless romance
bits before touching on the main theme. The finale expectedly
would be a very, very lengthy sparring scene, neglecting all
the plot holes throughout.
ahead: What benefits those formidable fighters would gain
from assisting their quadriplegic, ex-government assassin
leader, Rocco (Michael Wong), who should be quite broke after
12-years of imprisonment, to carry out his vicious revenge?
And how could ex-secret service agent, Teddy Yu (Anthony Wong),
went around boasting his glory as a spy protector
without the slightest worry that he may compromise the secluded
life of those retired spies he is protecting?
does not help with renowned master Yuen Wo Ping, the man who
had contributed to the successful “Matrix” trilogy
and “Kill Bill” as the movie martial arts adviser.
Good points is that we do not see those overly used Matrix’s
“pause in mid-air” crane style fist or censorship
board unfriendly Kill Bill’s blood spattering, head
chopping brutality although there were some gravity defying
stuns, which reminds you of the Matrix “jump program”
(And Yes! It is far-stretched to see “flying man”).
But the movie, being very 80s, features forced, primitive
wire works and
many “glass smashing” fighting sequences. Like
the good old days, do not
be surprise if there were no cuts after the character crashes
head on into the glasses or not having a swollen faces after
they sustained many seemingly deadly blow from their opponents.
what’s save the day was the commendable performance
of its casts. Anthony Wong, after his convincing performance
as the Police Inspector for undercover cop in the Infernal
Affairs Trilogy, returns with almost similar role to be the
spy protector. It a pity that the role does not require much
of his superb acting skills but his presence is enough to
send laughter throughout. It may also be physically challenging
to him to execute some demanding moves and the need to helplessly
crashes into furniture (the making of the movie shows that
he did all the stunts himself!), something which we seldom
see him doing in his past movies.
Twins, Gillian Chung and Charlene Choi were the eye-candy
and offer a feminine balance to what could have been a totally
masculine genre. Like Anthony Wong, Gillian Chung had to pull
off many complicated sequences and most was physically demanding.
Charlene, on the other hand settle for an easier role to offer
many bone tickling moments with her comedic expressions. To
fans of the Twins, watch out for one seductive kitchen scene
of Charlene puffing a cigar, raising the temperature of Stephen
a movie debut is Jake Strickland, a young martial artist discovered
by Jackie Chan. This 12 years old, 7th grader from Columbus
Georgia is definitely an upcoming kung fu star! Jake have
been completing with the best fighters of his age around the
World and his achievement to-date includes 1st Place in 12-13
boys black belt traditional forms, 2nd in 12-13 boys black
belt traditional weapons, 3rd in 12-13 year old black belt
musicals, and 3rd in 12-13 boys black belt open. Watch out
for his jaws dropping, lightning-fast poles sparring scene
with Anthony Wong and Stephen Fung.
most well remembered character in the movie would be Flying
Tiger (“Fei-Fu”), Michael Wong. His make up as
the skin headed, quadriplegic villain Rocco was way too cool!
Probably there would be a spin off on his story soon? Watch
out Patrick Stewart! Here’s another strong contender
for the role of Professor Xavier now.
Bear in mind that this is Stephen Fung’s second effort
and you will find this movie a worthy family entertainment.
Movie Rating: B
by Leosen Teo