Even with its somewhat unoriginal premise; part "A History of Violence", part "Ip Man" and part "Sherlock Holmes", Peter Chan's Wuxia film is aimed for Mainland China viewers and international audiences. It may well become the Hong Kong martial arts film to beat in 2011.
We all know that Donnie Yen seemed to have been isolated under one specific genre; and that is hard-hitting martial arts action. Who can blame filmmakers, since the man does have the tools to pull off fantastic fights as we’ve seen in SPL and Ip Man). Well, Peter Chan isn’t exactly the director that Yen absolutely has collaborated a lot with unlike Wilson Yip, but he does have a great Chinese epic under his belt called “The Warlords”. I have to admit “Wuxia” may … more
If you're into Chinese martial arts, this is probably the film for you. It's long and draggy for women and although there are some philosophies to learn out of it, it's more of an analysis of martial arts and ancient forensic science. The fights were on for almost an entire 2 hour period... all I was thinking was I wonder why Kaneshiro signed up for this film! Granted, I was there mainly because of him so I do like to know the motivation behind his role ;-)