The movie is set in chaotic 1920’s China, when warlords fought each other for power while Sun Yat-Sen’s underground movement tried to establish a democratic republic. The movie tells the story of three young women and two young men who are thrown together.
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Why aren't there more movies like this?!?! Seriously. It has the energy of Raiders of The Lost Ark or an episode of Lupin The Third and combines it with wit that feels straight out of Brain De Palma. Sigh.
One of the great action adventure films of all time. Filled with Tsui Hark's and Ching Siu Tung's trademark energy, coupled with the director's pop-feminist overtones. The film opens a window into another world through which the viewer is allowed a glimpse of a living, breathing setting populated with complex characters in fantastic situations accomplishing heroic deeds.
The slapstick and physical comedy are some of the few film scenes in recent memory I found myself laughing out loud at (and, notably, probably the only film where an attempted rape is played out for comedy). The crossdressing and relationships had a - dare I say - Shakespearean quality to them.