Weedy office worker Cheung is sent to a remote village to secure property rights for his real estate company. Two martial artists run the village’s teahouse, which was once the kung-fu school of their teacher Master Law. Law is in fact lying unconscious upstairs in a three decades-long coma, but he awakes when gym boss and local landlord Pong attempts to secure the teahouse for redevelopment. Law mistakes Cheung for a former student and starts training him in preparation for a martial-arts tournament at Pong’s gym that will decide all their fates.
I once dreamed it would kickstart a nostalgic interest in the Shaw Brothers style martial arts film in Hong Kong, maybe a few great films would get made out of this. Then I woke up and found out it won a ton of awards and has even got recent recognition as being one of the great HK films of all time. Paired with the timely arrival of Kar-Wai's The Grandmasters, we may be on the verge of a massive revitalization.
You can’t help but love this film, the nods towards yesteryear are there for all to see,with The Shaw Brothers veterans out in force, and the way that each character is presented by Zooming in to a freeze frame and announcing the character on screen, its a classic I loved it.