In Case You Missed Them … 10 Films You Should See From 2011

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Donnie Yen in Wu Xia (2011) Movie Image

Wu Xia (aka Dragon)

I don’t blame you if you saw the promos for “Wu Xia” (since retitled to the generic sounding “Dragon” for International consumption, presumably because “Wu Xia” might make non-Chinese audiences’ heads explode) and thought, “Oh, man, not another Donnie Yen period martial arts movie!” Ol Donnie sure has been making up for his earlier Hong Kong film career in the last few years. But Peter Chan’s “Wu Xia” manages to give you Donnie Yen at his most badass self, but at the same time does it from a completely different angle. And if nothing else, the film features quite possibly the most absurd Third Act out-of-left-field scene of the year that should leave audiences flabbergasted, though anyone who has seen any amount of Chinese martial arts movie will be mostly just amused. Great, outrageous martial arts action (choreographed by Yen) doesn’t hurt, either.

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