I felt the villain was superb. He portrays a really nasty piece of work. The tension that he creates is very tangible. It is refreshing to see that the lead villain was NOT casted, on account of his Martial Arts abilities for the final battle, as in many other poorly scripted films, but was there just for his sheer malevolence. Jet Li, was again, unassumingly fantastic. He is, I am sure a valuable role model for young Martial Artists, not just for his technical abilities, but also for the way he seems to carry himself. His acting abilities far outstrip other Martial Art Actors. This is a gritty, fast action film which is well worth watching. OK, so some parts of the script were a little bit unrealistic, but the important point for me was the fact that the fight scenes on the whole were again, refreshingly accurate. A decent kick to the head drops people.
People do not queue up in order to hit you sequentially. For me, this film, together with "Romeo Must Die" are the best films with Jet Li. Forget buying "The One" (the one to avoid watching) and "Black Mask" etc. Have a look at this one.