This tale of three long-retired martial arts masters revives the Shaw Brothers spirit with genuine emotion and a spectacularly playful reverence for the genre. Amazing action, tinged with real sadness, from young directors Derek Kwok and Clement Cheng. Kung-fu nostalgia with a huge heart.
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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.