Hong Kong director Wilson Yip had made his first foray into costume movies with kung-fu action romance The White Dragon, starring Cecilia Cheung, Francis Ng and Andy On.
A remake of Wong Fung' s 1968 classic of the same name, the film tells the story of Phoenix Black (Cheung) a talented student singer who falls in love with a prince (Andy On). One day, a legendary swordswoman, the White Dragon, comes crashing into Phoenix' s life and, believing that she' s about to die, transfers all her powers to the young student. These new skills soon come in handy when blind assassin Chicken Feathers (Francis Ng) threatens the prince' s life.
The story eventually develops into a love triangle when Phoenix is forced to spend time with Chicken Feathers and the two adversaries start to understand each other a little better.
Yip has given the film a more comedic twist than the original and also attempted to bring the classic story up to date for modern-day audiences. Despite its Ming Dynasty setting, the film is peppered with pop culture references. However, the action sequences, overseen by Ma Yuk-sing (Enter The Phoenix, Big Bullet), recall the old school martial arts of the 1980s rather than the special effects-heavy style of today.