Mortensen makes this work, and plays a similar role in 'Eastern Promise' 2008. Doesnt deserve 1 star from the idiot who 'reviewed' this previously, so felt obliged to speak out. Speaking as someone who usually watches subbed Asian cinema (lots in fact) but couldnt be bothered to read subtitles one night, it was a pleasant surprise. Some nice camerawork, choreography & a few great performances far outweigh the many cultural errors & cliches within. Wouldnt want to own it, but watch it if you get the chance. 6.8 out of 10.