Donnie Yen’s SAKRA (2023) Reviewed

June 7, 2023 (NYC)Donnie Yen’s SAKRA (2023) Reviewed.  SAKRA (2023), is the latest film from international powerhouse, Donnie Yen.  This Wuxia, martial arts drama is available on Digital and hits Blu-ray and DVD on June 13, 2023. Here is a synopsis and review of this Well Go USA Entertainment release.


When a respected martial artist is accused of murder, he goes on the run in search of answers about his own mysterious origin story and the unknown enemies working to destroy him.


International martial arts and action superstar, Donnie Yen, wrote, Directed, and stars in this martial arts epic adaptation of Louis Cha’s Chinese fantasy novel. It is an action packed, larger than life tale of a respected warrior, betrayed, and forced to defend his name and honor.

The film is visually stunning and packed with fantastic martial arts fight scenes, fanciful costumes, and epic sets. It is a large scale, family oriented action fantasy, despite its significant martial arts and sword violence. It is an ambitious project with a lot of heart. It deliberately has many of the tropes of Chinese Kung Fu films, such as revenge, honor, and the desire to right a great wrong, even at the cost of the star’s own life.

The production of the film is somewhere between American Western and Chinese martial arts fantasy, and it works for what it is. What it is not is the gritty, realistic type martial arts action film that Donnie Yen has become known for in recent years. While the cinematography and fight choreography are very good, they are not similar to his work in Flash Point, or John Wick 4.

Yen and the acting from the supporting cast is very good, but it is appropriately hyperbolic to match the script, the story, and the genre.

The film is very enjoyable. If you love Wuxia films add an additional star, and if you love Donnie Yen, add one more. While I am not a huge fan of Wuxia films, or high wire based, martial arts action films I do love DONNIE YEN and this was worth seeing.

This international Wuxia fantasy is distributed by Well Go USA and is in Chinese with English subtitles.

The cinematography is visually stunning.  It has a very clean and appealing look.

We recommend it.




The Wuxia-Infused martial arts drama SAKRA, on Digital NOW and on Blu-ray™ & DVD June 13 from your friends at Well Go USA.

The film contains English subtitles.  It is Rated “R” for action violence

review by Marc Zirogiannis



Donnie Yen

Action Direction

Kenji Tanigaki

Donnie Yen

Yuqi Chen,

Eddie Cheung, and

Yase Liu

Run Time
131 mins
Release Date
Original Language
Dubbed Language


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