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Character-based wuxia with choppy, violent fight scenes
A typically over the top, highly kinetic wuxia epic from Hong Kong.
This one offers a middling budget and an all-star cast, although it's
worth noting that story-wise it's much better when detailing
larger-than-life characters than it is bringing to life the
complexities of a muddled political script. In essence what you get are
a number of main characters interacting and occasionally doing battle
with some rival factions who have murder in mind.
Part of the film is an ultra-cheesy romance between Tony Leung and Joey
Wang, which is quite fun with a lot of flying around in the woods and
sweet moments. It's surprisingly old fashioned but genre fans will be
more interested in the high energy action scenes, of which there are
plenty. These possess extremely choppy choreography - so much so that
it's hard to see what's going on at times - but make up for it by being
inventively violent, with opponents literally exploding in two when
struck by power sword strikes.
A lot of fun comes from seeing Michelle Yeoh as a striking femme fatale
although she's slightly underutilised here which is no surprise given
the amount of characters in the movie. Donnie Yen is also in the film
but used even less although I was pleased to see that his character is
a typical hard man even at this early stage of his career. Although the
budget isn't high, the trappings of the wuxia genre - outlandish
costumes, outdoor scenery, effective sets - are handled adroitly.
Animal lovers should be aware of the real-life killing of a deer which
may be unpalatable for some.
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