Jet Li vs. Yasuaki Kurata - Fist of Legend (Original Cantonese and Mandarin Re-Sound)
The original Cantonese sound effects for the fight scenes sometimes had a little too much of the "psshh psshh" that was common throughout the 90s' Hong Kong action films especially in the sequence between Jet Li and Yasuaki Kurata. Because I own the Dragon Dynasty Blu-Ray, I decided to take it's Mandarin Dub, which has a much heavier bass in its sound design whilst still maintaining the overall sound style of that era, and spliced it together with the original Cantonese. That way during the dialogue, Jet Li and Yasuaki Kurata are speaking with their actual voices rather than being dubbed by Mandarin voice actors particularly good for retaining Kurata's Japanese lines. The non-dialogue segments have the Mandarin re-sound to accentuate the impact of the hits. Unfortunately the ki-yas, grunts, etc., are in Mandarin so you get a deeper voiced Kurata who often yells "Haizo!". Not to mention the Dragon Dynasty edition uses "dub-titles" which only subtitles the English dub instead of the original Cantonese which means words aren't accurately translated. Though that's more of a problem during the dialogue not shown in the video where Jet Li and Yasuaki Kurata's characters are discussing martial arts philosophy. Otherwise you get the best of both audio versions. The only other issue is that the sounds are slightly altered in each version such as the music and background noise like the rush of the wind both having a different pitch. It can be quite noticeable in this video when it goes from dialogue to non-dialogue but there was only so much I could do about it using iMovie of course. Anyways, I hope you enjoy it! And check out my websites for top 12 lists on different categories of fight scenes.