In February 2022, Iko Uwais, who is well-known as an action genre specialist actor from Indonesia, will star in the latest Hollywood film entitled Fistful of Vengeance . The action-supernatural genre film will be broadcast exclusively through the Netflix service starting February 17. This film is also a spin-off sequel to the Wu Assassins series which also airs on the Netflix platform .
Synopsis Fistful of Vengeance tells the story of Kai Jin (Iko Uwais), the Wu Assassins who travels to Bangkok with his two friends, namely Lu Xin Lee (Lewis Tan) and Tommy Wah (Lawrence Kao). This is done to avenge the death of their friend. However, the perpetrator of the murder turned out to be an ancient mythological creature who had tremendous power.
For those of you who have watched the Wu Assassins series, you might agree that the Netflix original series has a fairly complicated and swirling storyline. Because the series is trying too hard to explain the mythology about the main character Bioskopkeren xyz and it’s only easy to understand in the middle of the first season. Fortunately, this is not the case with Fistful of Vengeance.
The plot of Fistful of Vengeance is clear from the start of the film, namely Kai Jin and his two friends who are hunting down the killer of their close friend. In addition, the mythological or supernatural elements in the film version are not too thick, even though they are related to the main villain figure. In fact, the film version is not really related to the Wu Assassins series even though it involves the same cast.
Those of you who haven’t watched the Wu Assassins series can even enjoy the excitement of the storyline of Fistful of Vengeance thanks to its simple plot. Moreover, this film is more dominated by fighting scenes and not too focused on the storyline. However, on the negative side, you won’t be able to feel the emotional closeness between Kai and Lu Xin and Tommy if you haven’t watched the series.
More brutal non-stop action scenes
Just like the series, Fistful of Vengeance also carries the action genre and is full of fight scenes from the players, especially Iko Uwais. However, this film has a non-stop fight scene, aka full action from beginning to end, rather than the serial version. Of course, this is a very positive point for those of you who like action-packed shows.
In addition, the fight scenes in the film version are also far more brutal than the serial version. Throughout the film, you will be able to watch action scenes full of blood and gore. Well , in the series there are actually some gore scenes , but it feels like the brutal moments in the film version feel much more intense.
In terms of choreography, there really isn’t much different because it’s just as stunning as the serial version. Moreover, most of the actors involved in this film are specialists in the action genre, so there is no need to use a stuntman , including Iko Uwais. However, Zama’s (Pearl Thusi) signature ” gun-fu ” fight choreography is something new for this franchise and quite reminiscent of John Wick.
The chemistry of the characters is slicker and very entertaining
As previously discussed KINCIR, Fistful of Vengeance still involves a number of players from the Wu Assassins series . However, the chemistry of the characters somehow feels much closer than from the series, especially Kai, Lu Xin, and also Tommy. In the film version, they really feel like a family who protect each other and care about each other’s safety.
The chemistry between Iko Uwais and Lewis Tan as Kai and Lu Xin is also much more highlighted in this film version. Throughout the film, we will be able to see a much more dynamic duet of Iko and Tan when fighting against enemies together with their respective fighting styles. Not only that, we can also see bromance moments from both of them that don’t appear in the serial version.
In addition, the presence of new characters such as Zama and also Preeya (Francesca Corney) in Kai’s group also gives a new color to this franchise . As Preeya, Corney managed to present a quite entertaining nuance in the midst of the action-packed theme of the story. Meanwhile, the figure of Zama managed to enter the ranks of the badass girl characters from the franchise who have their own fighting style.