July 16, 2011
MR & MRS SMITH meet FACE/OFF in this Chinese swordplay epic where killers yearn for lives of quiet domesticity. Secret identities abound and death rarely has the last word. In Ancient China, “Drizzle” is the most deadly and ruthless assassin of the Dark Stone gang. After a life of theft and murder, she seeks to atone for her ways and leave the gang forever. Undergoing a drastic procedure to alter her appearance, she changes her name to Jing (Michelle Yeoh) and starts a new life in the capital. Even with her new-found life as a shopkeeper and a budding romance to Ah-Sheng, the Dark Stone gang is hot on her trail. She alone holds the secret of the mystical Buddhist monk’s remains, which legend says the possessor will gain control of the whole world. The gang will stop at nothing in their pursuit to control this power.
One word… EPIC!
It’s been a long while since we’ve seen a Chinese film this well orchestrated. The plot, cinematography and choreography were brilliant. Coupled with world class acting, flawless directing and detailed wardrobe/props, making this movie a must watch for all Hong Kong / Chinese film fanatics. We must also add that, this movie stands along side “Hero” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” as one of the best ‘wuxia’ genre films out.
We are all familiar with John Woo and the movies he’s made in the past, so it was no surprise that this film was as equally as exciting as what he’s made in the past (or even better actually). The film opened with an animated prologue telling the story of enlightened monk Bodhi, whose unmatched accomplishments in both Buddhist prayer and martial arts have ensured whoever now possesses his remains will become all-powerful. The main focus of the film was on the Dark Stone clan’s pursuit for Bodhi’s remains. The clan consisted of leader Wheel King (Wang Xueqi), Lei Bin (Shawn Yue), The Magician (Leon Dai) and Drizzle (Kelly Lin).
During one of their pursuits, they managed to secure one half of Bodhi’s remains but only for Drizzle to run away with it. Drizzle then went into hiding, got her appearance changed by a surgeon and tried to live a normal life in Nanjing. But that never happened…
One thing I’d like to mention is how amazing and well choreographed each fight sequence was. From sword play to the close up combat and flying fights, it kept me sitting on the edge of my seat wanting more. I take my hats off to the team for putting on an ace job…. I still can’t believe how amazing this film is.
Fat Kids Rating: 10/10 (it’s that good!)
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