Maybe I've just seen too many chinese 'epics" about Sun Yat-sen but I found this one particularly disappointing. The first half of the film is historical backstory and the second an action setpiece as a rickshaw convoy is constantly attacked. A couple of good set pieces especially an epic battle featuring Donnie Yen. But the film just winds up feeling "been there done that". Not bad for genre fans but not special
This verdict is that this film is just ok. I was expecting more of a traditional Hong Kong period beat em up action film with non stop fight scenes but got more of a dramatic action film that was in need of more action. Still, it was nice to see Donnie Yen go outside of his comfort zone before turning into the ass kicking machine we all know and love.
Pretty cool dramatizing of an assassination attempt on Dr Sun Wen, b.k.a. Sun Yat-sen, China's equivalent to Dr Rizal or TJ -- founding father whose contributions continue to carry material and symbolic power. Did any of this happen? Hell if I know, I just love how this movie honors the lost art of setting up the action with emotional foreplay. Nationalism, melodrama, & kung fu conspire: Hong Kong being Hong Kong.
The action scenes are the best part of this heavy handed, emotionally manipulative period piece. Yeah, I get it already. Sun Yat Sen was an important person. All the screaming in slow motion with the sentimental music really got on my nerves. Oh, well. At least, Donnie Yen takes a beating for a change.