Chan, an articulate senior detective nearing the end of his career, is taking care of the daughter of a witness killed by ruthless crime lord Po. Martial arts expert Ma is set to take over as head of the crime unit, replacing Chan who wants an early retirement.
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90's throwback served as a good star vehicle for Donnie Yen and a welcome return for Sammo Hung but neglected to tell much of a tale. The final two major fights, action directed by Donnie Yen, are quite impressive; the alley scene and the battle royale between Sammo and Yen.
It's definitely worth watching for the final battle between Donnie Yen and Sammo Hung, but it suffers from a similar problem as "Flashpoint": inbetween all the great fight scenes, you're just kinda...waiting for all the great fight scenes. Very few post-handover Hong Kong films have been able to nail the drama and character development of vintage HK cinema, that kind that actually made you care about the story.
A tasteful mix of cheesy violins and hand to hand (or baton versus dagger) action in an enjoyable film. Some basic misdirection and some minor twists which keep the pace interesting between fights and a very good performance from Hung. A little bit too much slow-motion for my liking though and Yen's invincible character wears a bit thin - you've seen it all before! Worth watching but nothing spectacular.
Let's face it, you're here for DONNIEEE! Or maybe Sammo? Well I hope you didn't come for the story or character development because you will be solely disappointed.
There is some great tension between the cast (Wu Jing makes a particularly good psychopath) but mainly it's meandering HK gangsters and police, discussing revenge plots until the next (outstanding) fight scene. Turn off brain, open beers & watch!