Fantastic picture from Peter Chan that delivers both dramatically and as a wu xia action picture. Donnie Yen gives one of his best performances here as a former vicious clan member who for ten years as been living a quiet life under a new identity with a young family. Forced to defend himself he finds himself the quarry of a wry investigator that winds up bringing the clan back into his life as well. Fully delivers.
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.