Asian cinema has been on fire latley. It seems as though every month a new spectacular action film comes out, whether it be a Kung Fu style film, or a standard action film everything I've seen the last 8 months has been exceptional. Last night I got to sit down and watch Extraordinary Mission and I must say it didn't disappointed.
It stars Huang Xuan as Lin Kai an undercover cop, in fact he's very deep undercover. He's in China as a drug trafficker, who has things turn bad when doing a deal with a rival gang. Durring the shoot out he ends up saving one of the rival gang members, and for his troubles he's taken at gunpoint to meet Eagle (played by Duan Yi-Hong) one of the biggest drug traffickers in China and Thailand.
Knowing this is a bigger bust Lin begins working for Eagle, much to the disgust at first of eagles Daughter/right hand man Quingshui (played by Lang Yueting). Things are good at first untill Kai becomes so involved in the cartel he developed a heroine addiction.
This is the best of both worlds. One of the best well acted police dramas since Infernal Affairs. Every actor and actress is simply remarkable. Now you throw in amazing edge of your seat action sequences and you have a winner.
The final action sequence featuring a massive chase through town that leads to a rooftop gun battle is breathtaking to say the least, you will literally and physically be pumped up after watching it.
Xuan is fantastic in not only the dramatic scenes but action scenes as well. The motercylce Chase is on par with Fast and the Furious, and he's hard as nails durring the shoot outs and fight scenes. Sadly Yi-Hong as Eagle ends up stealing the film though. Although not a sympathetic bad guy the way he can menace and chew the scenery is captivating. There is not a single part of the film that you don't feel a sense of dread or tension when he is on screen.
With just a little cgi effects and a lot of practical effects old school action fans will be delighted. Many of the action sequences are almost straight out if the 80s in terms of excess. And I mean that in a good way. This is not just for fans of Asian cinema, this is a film for all movie lovers
Cinedigm has done a fantastic job with this release as the action leaps off the screen and into your living room with Georgeous setting and ear blasting audio you will definitely feel the experience.
I can't recommend this one enough it's definitely a must watch and already on my top 10 list
Overall 4.5 out of 5 Stars