A sincere attempt to put a smile on the faces of moviegoers, this story of a troubled former student of a Hong Kong school who returns to teach there, intertwines the hopeful journey of his students with fight scenes.
It’s not every day that a movie star leverages his box office reputation on a commercially risky project because it’s good for society – but that’s the case with this inspirational campus drama.
Conceived and co-produced by Donny Yen Ji-dan and entirely performed by the action icon who plays the lead in the film, Big Brother is more enjoyable than a didactic project, like no right to be in general. Will happen.
Donnie Yen is worshiped as a kung-fu god among fans of Chinese action films, mainly because of his three “Ip Man” films where he plays the real-life master who once called Bruce Lee a student.
Were. Controlled, yet kinetic, fight choreography is Yen’s stock-in-trade, and it’s a thing of pugilistic beauty when he takes on Mike Tyson in “Ip Man 3.”
But, like Jackie Chan and Jet Li before him, it seems that Yen wants to break out of his Hong Kong cocoon. Wider audiences are starting to catch up to him — he was in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “xXx.
Return of Xander Cage” — and he is currently filming the live-action “Mulan.” Now, he’s the producer and star of the Cantonese-language “Big Brother,” a project that’s less about action and more about bland comedy, family melodrama, and English-language pop music (including Lucas Graham’s hit “7”. years old” is featured prominently).