2002 Film Music CD Reviews
Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
James L. VENABLE
GNP CRESCENDO GNPD 8076
A solid enough job of work with much familiar sounding
instrumentation (via synthesizers) and an abundance of low-key atmospherics,
as heard on the opening track 'Main Title/Iron Monkey on the Roof'.
here on it continues in much the same vein coupled with plenty of
action/suspense music; 'Dead Bird/Iron Monkey Fight', 'Wong Fights
Monkey', 'Fei-Hong's Fight/Fei-Hong Fights Again' etc. etc., while
melancholy 'Sad Wong' and 'Who's That Knocking/Tearful Goodbye' add
A reasonably effective score with an attractive Asian edge that only
occasionally becomes predictable or tiresome and has just enough charm
energy to keep the listener relatively entertained. However, it would
greatly benefited from some kind of central theme, something a little
heroic perhaps and a good deal of the music is really no more than
exercise in sequenced rhythmics, which at times is rather repetitive.
Not great by any means but probably just about worth investigating,
particularly if you're a fan of this genre (which I certainly am!).