The influence of everything from Casablanca to Inglourious Basterds is evident, but Wong Jing manages to add enough of his own style to make it all work. The set-piece action sequences are outstanding, particularly the shootout in the church. This was a bargain bin buy for me, so it's nice to find a gem like this when not expecting it.
Wong Jing pays tribute (rips off?) a wealth of both Chinese and international film history with this stirring tale of Shanghai between 1913 and 1940. Reuniting with Chow Yun Fat for the first time since the iconic 'God of Gamblers' the two make up for lost time with this wildly entertaining film. Production values are quite high for a Wong production. Performances are quite good as is the action choreography.