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Top Customer Reviews
about 10 minutes into it, i was riveted. the actions (fight scenes) were very solid and the casts were great! i was just going "wow!" whenever the characters fight. it was that good! everyone fought like they all learned martial arts when they were born which makes those scenes that much more convincing!
pay attention to the lead actress; for such a skinny gal, she sure fought with surprising agility and strength. she really impressed me!
the plot, action and storyline flow nicely together. quality of the film is very evident as the story unfolds - everything looked good. if you are a martial arts fan or just love kung fu or action movies, this will leave you satisfied. the story is fast paced so you won't get a chance to get bored! :D
pick this up (especially the new special release by dragon dynasty) and you'll have a great (action) movie on hand! i know i will!
First, you don't really expect anything from the movie made in Vietnam. I've never paid attention to films made in Vietnam. So when I heard that this film was made in Vietnam and it's action movie. I was expecting to be cheap Hong Kong style cinema.
Well, I was wrong.
Good plot. Good story. And fabulous action sequence throughout the movie, including a lot of explosions!
If you like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.... although the story takes place in 1920... you MUST watch this film.
Most martial arts movies use historical settings as either an excuse to let the kicks fly, or perhaps as a rallying point for historical and national pride. This movie goes far beyond those flimsy constructs. It deeply probes the colonial nightmare of Vietnam: the humiliation of occupation, the way it tears at every level of the social fabric, from city life, to villages, to institutions, to families, and male-female relationships. The way it corrupts the colonizers and the colonized. And the movie shows the true cost of rebellion: that one must be prepared to sacrifice life as one has known it...and the cost of rebellion will be paid by many more people than the individual who chooses to rebel.
The national pain of Vietnam is given no easy catharsis through rebellious violence, either. Indeed, the message of the movie seems to be that for all the physical power of the characters, nothing could change the inevitable grinding of the logic of colonization and conflict that gripped the country. The acts of rebellion the movie depicts certainly lead to more bloodshed, tragedy, and pain than any kind of triumph. The personal redemption of the hero is won through the blood and suffering of those around him.
For those looking for some great fight scenes (as I was when I put it in my player), it certainly doesn't disapoint. The gritty fights remind me of the choreography of Sammo Hung - but with the added flair of the traditional Vietnamese forms, and the high-flying style of the star, Johnny Nguyen.Read more ›
The movie is extremely well written and very well acted. There is other eye candy in the movie:Johnny Nguyen(no relation) who plays Sy's rival and the beautiful Veronica Ngo. This movie was an incredible escape for me from the minute it started untl it ended. Do yourself a favor, buy this one. If you rent it, you'll end up buying it. It's THAT GOOD!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This movie could've been acceptable if it had decided whether to be a historical drama (albeit thinly fictionalized) or a straight action movie. Read morePublished 5 months ago by LeW
This is the coolest action movie I've seen come out of Vietnam. It's in Vietnamese with subtitles so it's definitely accessible to western viewers. Give it a look.Published 6 months ago by donburijin
ULTIMATELY ONE OF THE MOVIE'S NEEDED TO ADD TO MY COLLECTION. RECEIVED IN VERY GOOD CONDITION.Published 16 months ago by Cassandra Sheets
I was fooled by the reviews on this one. I love martial arts movies. This wasn't one of them.Published 16 months ago by Damien Pedlar