I admire Brigitte Lin as an actress, not beacause she is great at martial arts, but because she can act. In particular, I really admire her work in Swordsman II and East is Red. She truly is one of the few actresses who can carry a movie.
Yuen Biao was great in this film also. He posseses skills that are rare in modern films. He plays a hero, who is inexperienced, yet skillful. A character who does not have to rely on comedy to be accepted by the audience.
Throw in an interesting plot with a musical instrument that can kill and you have an enjoyable movie. While this movie does not contain the amount of action sequences in typical HK fantasy films, the story is more than enough to compensate. Definitely a refreshing addition to the genre.
My only complaint is that Lin's character was far too similar to Asia the Invincible. Even though it may be what the director intended, it would have been nice to see her expand on that role, to allow her to distinguish differences in both characters. If she would have been given the chance, I feel that she would have been successful.
Great transfer on the DVD. If you're into extras, you will be disappointed. But I always buy DVD's for the quality of the movie, so it didn't affect my rating. It's also region 0 encoded and has Dolby Surround mixes in Cantonese and Mandarin. The subtitles are burned in, but are very readable throughout.
Definitely worth the 91 minutes to view . . . and now that Tai Seng is ditributing it domestically, you don't have to pay an arm-and-a-leg for it.