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Postby rarr » Wed Apr 26, 2006 4:22 am

this is a classic having a shitty!!!! copy for so long when you see it re-masterd it shows you why shaw was the best

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Postby pollypolly » Mon May 08, 2006 8:28 pm

I thought Tony Liu was brilliant in this, almost matching his performance in Secret Service Of The Imperial Court.
Everyone was in top form and the fights were fluid, crisp and precise, it's a shame some were speeded up...but then again I suppose the dizzying and abrupt final sequence wouldnt have had the same impact if the fights were any slower. Class fillm.

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Postby DongFangXu » Sun Feb 28, 2010 11:02 am

For me 10/10

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Postby samtheseed » Thu Oct 25, 2012 2:19 pm

This is a true classic in every sense of the word.
The ailing Manchu Emperor is poised to name the 14th Prince (Max Mok) his successor. This angers the scheming 4th Prince-Yong Zheng (Liu Yung) whose assassination attempts on his younger brother are foiled by master swordsman Tsang Jing (Norman Tsui Siu-Keung). The villainous prince soon finds out that Tsang can be neither bribed nor killed since he is protected by two beautiful kung fu students, Jade (Yeung Jing-Jing) and Pearl (Cheung King-Yu). While fishing by the river, Tsang is smitten with an even lovelier and deadlier swordswoman called Liu Si Niang (Leanne Lau Suet-Wa), who enigmatically disappears.

Following a friendly kung fu bout, Prince Zheng finds his own invincible ally in the form of an arrogant swordsman Nin Geng Giu (Jason Pai Pao), then offers to assist Han Chinese rebel Liu Niang (Ku Feng), who turns out to be Si Niang's father. In return for the prince-promising an end to Han persecution, Si Niang agrees to steal the Imperial decree and alter the document to rename Zheng as successor. Sure enough, Zheng is crowned emperor and predictably does not keep his word as bloody recriminations ensue.


This is a story of power, fate and the high cost of ambition, for history is littered with good characters doing despicable things with noblest of motives.
Tsang Jing stays steadfastly loyal to the 4th Prince who is really no better than his evil brother and happy to sacrifice his friend if it means regaining the throne. The Liu family only engage in skulduggery in the hope that the Han Chinese will benefit and subsequently refuse Prince Zheng's offer of a rich reward. Even Nin Geng Giu starts out as a decent sort but grows enamoured of power and becomes a thorn in Prince Zheng's side.
The action choreography remains dazzinly inventive, breathlessly paced, and a non-stop acrobatic onslaught.
Things get more fantastical when Tony Liu arrives onscreen as a Dracula-caped Japanese ninja master (he even reverts from aged zombie to revitalized youth) who kills Si Niang's sister, beheads her father and sets a trap for Tsang Jing. Thereafter acclaimed actress Leanne Lau Suet-Wa seizes the spotlight and drives the movie with her fiery performance. Her energetic presence makes this a martial arts movie with added appeal for women since it's the ladies who save the day in a spellbindingly staged finale.

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