Jet Li and Wen Zhang combine their comical parodies in Badges of Fury
Jet Li has a number of action comedies under his belt like Dr Wai in the Scripture with No Words and the Once Upon a Time in China series was comical. However, this is probably his first parody comedy (I think).
Badges of Fury is directed by Wong Chi Ming stars Jet as Inspector Huang Fei Hong (sound familiar?) and Wen Zhang as Wang Bur Er; a pair of detectives investigating the “smiling deaths.”
Things get interesting when Wen’s character sets his eyes on prime suspect, budding actress Liu Jin Shui; played by the stunning Cecelia Liu.
If you are a fan of Asian kung fu films and Jet Li then you will be able to see the parodies in the film. There are puns and takes make on major films including Once Upon a Time in China in which Jet plays the main character, Wong Fei Hung.
There are also cameos by several leading Hong Kong actors like Michael Tse, Kevin Cheng and Chinese Olympic diver, Tian Liang.
Badges of Fury is an interesting film as it is a roadmap for martial arts action star Jet Li to diversify his portfolio; most of his work have been as the tough guy. However, this time he takes a step back and allows Wen Zhang to dominate the screen with his (Wen’s) witty lines and comical action. However, Jet does come in to save Wen once in a while.
Badges of Fury is full of laughs and I definitely recommend this for any Jet Li fan.