pitch-black, swaggering genre piece from to & co. as milky way ramps up for 'a hero never dies.' with one of the strangest lighting and color schemes of the 90s, and a peculiar, stuttering editing patterns with an unnerving tendency to focus on empty space and pools of too-hot light sources. and the moroder quoting synth score is one of the best of to's career.
It doesn't work as a cohesive whole and is occasionally confusing tonally, but this contains some of To's most astonishing expressive flourishes (the climax is the Hong Kong action version of the climax of Lady From Shanghai). This is merely a guess, but it feels as though To, free of being officially attached to the film, took more chances outside of his stylistic identity that would influence his later films.