In the late Qing Dynasty, Liu Jin-xi is a papermaker and father of two sons who lives a seemingly normal life with his family in a remote village. However, the arrival of a detective soon threatens to tear them apart.
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Great martial arts action scenes and compelling characters here. The dynamic between Detective Xu Bai-Jiu (Takeshi Kaneshiro) and mild mannered family man with a secret, Liu Jin-Xi (Donnie Yen) alone make it worth a watch. Treads territory similar to "A History of Violence" and "Out of the Past" but more as different examination of the same questions than imitation. Can a bad man become a good man? everyone wonders.