Wu Jing‘s 2015 directorial work, Wolf Warrior Full Movie Part 2, is a somewhat astonishing and overly jingoistic action movie whose climax is a brawl with CG wolves. He stars in the film as well, but the action shots — involving a disappointing fight with the ordinary reliable Scott Adkins — fail to impress the audiences. The movie was still a big hit though, and now two years later Wu makes a come back both behind and in front of the camera for an upgraded sequel.
In Wolf Warrior Full Movie Part II, Leng Feng (Wu) has been kicked out of his military rank and membership in the elite fighting unit goes by the name Wolf Warriors after crossing paths with authority figures in rural China, so he sets off to sea. Particularly, he travels to the waters off the African coast where he becomes a tanker security and tries to hunt down the owner of the bullet that took his lover’s life. Trouble arises when a rebel force threatens the unknown African country including a prominent Chinese doctor and the workers at a Chinese-owned factory. With no other help available, Leng Feng steps into the fire.
His efforts find him stumbling across a young doctor (Celina Jade), an adopted African girl, and a mercenary called Big Daddy (Frank Grillo) who’s the leader of a team in support of the rebels. What do you think the odds are that he’s somehow has something to do the unfortunate death of Leng Feng’s girlfriend? Suspicious…
Wolf Warrior Full Movie Part II still weights with some of the same issues that affected the first movie, but the improvements make up for a whole better and more exciting action pack.
The script, co-written by Wu, is fairly simple action fare despite becoming a bit busy when it has to do with minor characters on either side of the fight. Stripped of his unit, Leng Feng has fewer chances to wax patriotic, but Wu makes sure that more than a few opportunities arise anyway whether it is through dialogue choices cheering for China’s refugee efforts, digs at Western actions, or the final scene of a Chinese passport promising the government’s support for its citizens living overseas.
It’s clear but still far less troublesome than it was in the original movie. Wu also depends far too heavily on CG for many of his action shots. Wire removal is one thing, but CG blood, rockets, chopper crashes, and worse turns out as awful splashes against an otherwise incredible movie.
The problems are quite small when comparing to what it successfully gets right, and what it gets right is the action, the often brutal, frequently hilarious and always intriguing action.
We start off strong with a tanker surrounded by pirates, and as they disable the ship’s propellers, Leng Feng simply dives into the water, upsets a pirate boat, and starts beating up its occupants underwater without even caring about coming up for air once. It’s a sequence straight out references to Jackie Chan’s First Strike but without the shark-related fun, and it just does the trick.
The action shifts to dry land continues as he battles against rebels with his fists, feet, and whatever weapon he ran across, and before you ask yes, he definitely stops a rocket-propelled grenade with a mattress box-spring before shipping it away to explode.
Later action finds him hand making homemade crossbows, involves in an intense solid car chase through a shanty town, and participating in tank fights the odds of which you’ve never witnessed before. They “rub” paint in shots straight out of Days of Thunder, do skids around corners, and even perfectly perform parallel parking. Some of it’s CG, but all of it’s hilarious fun.
It’s no spoiler to claim that Wu and Grillo ultimately meet man to man, but the surprise comes in how much better the brawl is than the one between Wu and Adkins. This is a gruesome, well-choreographed fight that ends the movie on a high note.
Wolf Warrior Full Movie Part II is still weak in compare to Wu’s work in movies like SPL — or against the pre-2000 filmography of Chan who Wu appears to be emulating at times — but it’s a solid action film all the same. The expected pro-China rhetoric is shown, but surprises like various references to interracial relationships between Chinese men and African women arise a more worldly awareness than Chinese movies usually show. It’s an exciting film involving tons of action, some humor, and “feelings” for friends and family, and if the following one advances at this same rate Wolf Warrior 3 — teased in a mid-credits roll — is definitely going to be something even more fantastic.