A sort of remake of the 1978 film of the same name. It actually has no relation to the original or Bruce Lee. The only Bruce Lee reference is that the protagonist is a fan of Bruce Lee. They don't fight the same, & Donnie Yen definitely did not wear the yellow suit but he did use nunchucks. Its just a tribute to the legend.
Every year, during Jan-Feb, we get a lot of silly ass films for the Chinese New Year. These films are family friendly. Filled with lame jokes. Its themes often revolve around "reinventing" yourself. And its rarely taken seriously. Enter the Fat Dragon is one of these films. I am not a fan of these CNY films but I saw this one cause my mom wanted to.
The jokes were really dumb but some of them were actually funny. Most of the comedy comes from Niki Chow's character Chloe. She's the one who dumped the protagonist Fallon. Niki is the energy & heart of the film & she saved it. Jessica Jann as the translator was pretty hilarious. Fat Donnie Yen element added nothing except that it was a coping mechanism for Fallon's depression after getting demoted & dumped. He still fights the same, he's not slow. He's just as good as he was at average size. I guess the message there is you can still kick ass when you're fat. No, Donnie didn't gain weight, he wore a fatsuit.
The fight scenes were pretty good. Its clear that Donnie Yen is doing his stunts & the editing is great. Its this kind of action scenes I love when watching martial arts films. Although most of the fights were just Fallon vs minions. There weren't enough henchmen or "boss" fights. That being said, the antagonist was actually quite intimidating but because of all the jokes & light tone, he wasn't as effective as he could've been. There was a part where he insults Chloe for dating fat guys, & she says she prefers fat guys over sticks which was quite hilarious.
Overall, I think its okay enough for a fun family film just to de-stress a little bit but if you're into something serious, you should pass on this. There are better martial arts films to see than this.
eddictionz rating: 5/10 = Meh/Could Be Better