I really had no expectations for the movie since I had only seen one trailer, and actually rented it on a whim. It's safe to say I was pleasantly surprised. This film can only be described as cinematic poetry. It is a brutally beautiful combination of an art film and a martial arts film, accomplished by using color and cinematography to complement action, choreagraphy, and dialogue. These elements are used masterfully as the film unfolds. The story itself is deceivingly simple because once you add the poetic visual elements, it becomes very gripping and powerful.
I wasn't going to post a review of this film until I read a review by someone (see below) who had things like this to say about the film:
Myra Schjelderup "Ignolopi" (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)
"When you see a title like that, the first thoughts that
come to your mind are probably 'Neat,' 'Interesting,'
'Action!' 'Fighting!' and 'I want to see that!' - probably
not 'Boring.' But that, I'm afraid, is what it is."
"The choreography was all right. The directing was fine.
But the movie was boring. It was really surprising - even
my father, who simply loves all martial arts movies, said
it was flat out boring."
What bothers me the most about these comments is the fact this person probably didn't make an effort to appreaciate the beauty of the film. If that person is looking for a "martial arts" movie with mindless action, no substance, and no creativity, they should keep watching their Steven Segal and Chuck Norris movies. I'm sure those won't be "boring".