Dr. Wai in “The Scripture with No Words” (1996)

Posted in Reviews by - January 15, 2017
Dr. Wai in “The Scripture with No Words” (1996)

The kind of movie that suits a massive screen, this is Indiana Jones done Hong Kong style. Being a Tony Ching film, it is especially mad. His expert wirework dominates the action, coupled while supernatural elements which make the most of zany special effects and elaborate make up. Running beneath the cacophony is a struggling romance played out by young lovers Jet Li and Rosamund Kwan (reuniting following their Once Upon a Time in China series), whose marriage is at breaking point. Jet Li’s writer character escapes his real-world dilemma by imagining an ulterior world set in the 1930s. He curates the story of a mystical, all-powerful superhero figure called Dr. Wai, also known as the King of Adventurers (played by Jet in a duel role). Dr. Wai’s objective is to recover the legendary Scripture with No Words and overcome all associated dangers, including Rosamund Kwan in a similarly alternative role as an evil seductress. The period adventure scenes are brilliant. Collin Chou turns into a spooky, long-haired monster after peering inside a deadly Pandora’s box of powers, which calls for the wushu heroics of Dr. Wai waving a ten foot fire blade in a truly inspired finale. The film is a lot of things but boring isn’t one of them.

AKA:  Adventure King; Dr. Wai; Dr Wei in “The Scripture With No Words”; The Scripture with No Words.

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