I swear Vincent Zhao and Louis Fan are in everything I watch these days! Wu Dang is set during the Republic Era (1912-1949) in the Wudang Mountains. Personally I love films set in this time period, whether they are Chinese films or American so I was already predisposed to like the film. Wu Dang is definitely an adventure film and that was a nice change. Now it is not perfect by any means. The story of Shui Heyi played by Louis Fan feels incomplete which is a shame as it would have made the film better if they had flushed out his parts.
I found the acting to be good and the action was very exciting. The choreography was done by the famous action director Corey Yuen, a personal favorite of mine! The costumes were not only believable but lots of attention was shown to details. The costume designer, Emi Wada, is a recipient of an Academy Award for Best Costume Design 1985. The scenery was breathtaking and the sets were really nice.
Wu Dang is not a perfect film but it certainly is entertaining and at no time did I feel the need to pick up my smart phone while watching it!
Yang Mi (Painted Skin: The Resurrection, King of Beggars) as Tianxin, she is on a quest to retrieve her clans porperty
Xu Jiao ( The Legend Is Born: Ip Man, The Warring States) as Tang Ning, Tang Yunlong’s daughter and Tia Chi expert
Paw Hee-ching (Fearless, White Hair Devil Lady) as Shui Heyi’s mother
Henry Fong (White Hair Devil Lady, ) as Taoist Xie
Tam Chun-yin (7 Assassins, Kung Fu Dunk) as Paul Chen a gangster who is after Wu Dang’s treasures
Wang Xiao (Legendary Amazons) as mute Taoist
Wang Yuying as Tianxue
Xiao Xiangfei as Taoist priest
Liu Jiayu as Taoist nun
Zhou Yang as housekeeper
Tian Ruihui as Tong Yan