The King of the Streets (2013) – By Duane L. Martin

When Yue Feng (Yue Song) was in his teens, he had devoted his life to becoming the king of the street fighters, and he had an incredible reputaion. Others came to be in awe of him, but one day, he took on a whole gang single handedly, and while the fight went back and forth, ultimately, he ends up killing the leader, another 16 year old boy, with his own knife when the guy tries to stab him during the fight. Eight years later, Feng is released from prison, homeless, estranged from his father, and mostly broke. Eventually he finds a job with a company that moves furniture and other freight, and is given a place to stay in one of their storage areas.

Fate had other plans for Feng however. Shortly thereafter, he saves a girl who had tried to take on a gang of guys who stole her purse, and then ran into her again after that at a private orphanage she worked at. He came to find out that the orphanage was run by a very kind man who wanted the children to go to good homes rather than being shuffled through the state run system. He owned the land, but unfortunately, a local gangster wanted the land to build a resort, and he didn’t want to pay him what it was worth, and when said gangster sends his thugs around to try to run them out, Feng, who had been trying to live a peaceful life and leave his previous life of violence behind him, finds that he must once again become the person he no longer wished to be in order to save the orphanage.

Yue Song is a real life martial artist and he’s pitted against fighters of a variety of different styles of fighters in this film. There are fights where he literally takes on twenty or more guys at once. The problem with that is, while the fights are cool and all, they become rather generic. If I had been playing a drinking game, and took a shot after every time he kicked someone in the stomach or chest and knocked them back, I’d have been dead from alcohol poisoning…multiple times over. I mean, he used that one move a lot in the fights in this film. That’s not to say that all the fight was generic. There were actually some great action moments in this film, like when he roughs up this one local thug leader kind of a guy in a pool hall who didn’t know who he was when he started messing with him. That guy learned a powerful lesson, and it was a great scene. The rule of thumb in this film is, the fewer the people involved in the fight, the better the fight was.

The acting in the film ranged from average to quite good. Unfortunately, the big problem is the story itself. The main plot is extremely generic, and something we’ve seen a million times before, usually on television crime shows. Bad guy wants the land and tries to run the owner off with violence and threats when they won’t sell. Hero who tried to go straight gets pulled back into a life of violence to do good, etc…. The other problem is that while many of the characters do actually have some depth to them, for whatever reason, be it the story or something else, they’re just not all that memorable, and neither is the film as a whole. Now that’s not to say it’s not entertaining. While you’re watching it, it’s not a bad at all, and there are some good character related elements to the story, but the film as a whole is nothing you’re going to remember for long or be dying to see at some point again after the fact.

Can I recommend it? Mildly, but not enthusiastically. Yue Song handled his character well, and I’d be interested to see what he could do with a role that wasn’t buried in a generic story. Even if it was in a film that had no fighting at all. I think he could ultimately end up doing quite well as an actor as he gains more and more experience and takes on more roles.

If you’d like to find out more about this film, you can check out it’s page on the Well Go USA website here. If you’d like to pick up a copy for yourself, you can get the blu-ray or DVD from Amazon, or from any of the other usual outlets.