Jackie chans return to asia singnals one of his best film in a while, Jackie chan shines as a cowardice character he delivers his usaul comic facials of the past and this as close as you would get to something similar to his past films. Though less hard hitting and featuring less stunts it none the less entertains with Chans brillant choreography. Chan ducks and weaves through obstacles to evade attacks rather than handling them head on and the athletic movements are a joy to watch. Wang Lee hom is in top form and he is given the opportunity shine in some well executed sword fights. fight scenes are top quality but occur less often than one would expect from jackie chan films, but this is a case of quality rather than quantity.
part comedy part tradegy it succeeds on both levels, Chan demonstrates great comic timing and his likable persona shines through in his perfromance. the film may seem like an epic but it is rather confined to the two leads which as you progress through the film you grow attached to each one, in fact it is similar to road movie.
by no means is the film perfect, during a small segment the introduction of a female character adds nothing to the proceedings and in fact hinders progression but this is minor gripe.
Chan fans will love this but none fans will also get a kick out of it, the fights are tight and well choreographed, acting is in fine form, direction is good and visually it is stunning. you will laugh and cry through moments of the film, highly recommened.