8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2004
If you like wushu, get this movie. its amazing. a true test of the knowledge of a martial arts film fan is how they rate this movie. If you like actors pretending to be martial artists, being yanked around on strings with 2 second cuts, this movie is NOT for you.
if you like a movie full of REAL talented wushu athletes from China, with LONG fight sequences (upwards of 20-30 seconds! believe it or not!) demonstrating high difficulty moves... this movie is for you.
The story is a bit rudimentary, the dragon boating scenes are a bit boring (unless you're a huge dragon boat fan maybe) but that is what the Fast Forward button is for... its worth it for the fight scenes alone.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2004
First off, I'd like to point out that I love acrobatic, wushu style of martial arts in movies. If you are the same way, you will absolutely love this movie.
Although the story is boring, it is far from annoying due to the fact that this movie obvously has a higher budget than most kung fu films of the time not starring Jackie Chan. It is a very easy film to watch, and the kung fu is spectacular.
Every person who performs martial arts in this movie is obvously very skilled at wushu, and the choreography is beautifully done.
BUY THIS MOVIE NOW!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2006
This movie pretty much had it all. Don't expect some Godfrey Ho film. This one is for real martial arts fans. I put this movie right up there with Prodigal Son, of course not as good, I think that if the fight scenes were longer and gave me a little more sense of realism it would have definitely gotten 5 stars.
And the release from video asai is perfectlky widescreened and the picture isd FULLY remastered. English dub and UNCUT. This is really the one and only video asai release that I can highly recommned.
on November 3, 2012
This is one of the best Martail Arts films to have ever been released by the People's Republic of China, featuring the National Wushu Champion of China, Chiu Jan Kwo and incorporates some of the most awesome Shaolin fighting scenes ever captured on film as well as impressive swordplay and lethal weapon fighting by some of China's greatest martial arts masters and champions; one of the few from the People's Republic that actually involved a big budget contrary to the trend during that period of time and is, today, revered as a cult classics.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2000
i like the plot of this movie and the star actor along with a few of the other actors, all are very interesting, there are however a few boring moments in this film, so i couldnt give it a five.