In a young Republic of China, where greedy warlords fuel a period of war and strife, Hou Jie (Andy Lau) arrogantly shows no mercy to his enemies seeking refuge with the benign and compassionate Shaolin monks.
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Martial arts epic is more violent than others in the genre.
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Fresh: The kung fu itself is great fun to watch, from the discipline of balancing on one foot on a wooden pillar, the other in the air, for hours at a time to the confrontations that send fist and feet flying.
- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, September 8, 2011
Fresh: An ambitious, almost epic drama that devotes as much time to introspection as it does to combat.
- Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News, Friday, September 9, 2011
Fresh: The epic feel to this Hong Kong action-drama helps balance a lack of hand-to-hand combat scenes.
- Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, Friday, September 9, 2011
Fantasy martial arts tale built on the simple story of a man who makes a terrible mistake, hurting everyone who loved him, and spends the rest of his life clearing his mind, rebuilding the way he sees the world and atoning for his sins by protecting the weak. A simple, solid story that was beautifully acted and really moved me. Everyone finds their place. And of course I've been an Andy Lau fan my whole life because people think my dad looks like him. Or should I say, he looks like my dad.
- fb223580, Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Really good film. Lots of great choreography. Jackie Chan shows up in this, and he adds alot of humor. The only thing that took away from the movie was the foreign troops that show up to cause conflict...the lead soldier was a horrible actor. But that is such a small section, and it doesn't take away from this film. Good all around movie.
- itsjustme2004, Monday, February 6, 2012
the film had some excellent moments. the story was predictable but still engaging, some of the action was solid, and the film looked great. however there was so much about this film that disappointed. some of the action was silly, and the end of the film fell flat at so many moments. i was looking forward to this film with much anticipation, but in the end, it was just a tad above average.
- sanjurosamurai, Thursday, October 27, 2011