For those expecting well crafted story and logical plotting will sadly be disappointed, this film is as generic as story can get. at times the film can feel like it is two seperate films almost like it is ending during the first half of the feature only then is a new story thread is introduced out of the blue. the similarities to Jet Li's Fearless is obvious and there is no denying that here. there is little characterization and some questionable motivations as well as pointless cameos.
BUT no one goes to watch a Yuen Woo Ping for coherent story telling, it is the fight scenes that shines through out featuring the usual visual flair and creativity that Yuen is renowned for. the combination of wushu and break dancing is fun and inventive. Zhao Wen Zhou delivers in the martial arts department utilising some impressive combinations and fluidity that only a martial artist can pass off. the down side for some maybe the over reliance of wire work (in which there is a hefty amount used) but (for me personally) it enhanced the viewing pleasure. Now for the downers of the fight scenes; one particular fight scene was done in front of a green screen and the effects as good as they are can be a bit jarring, and not to say the least pointless. the other gripe is the lack development or focus on the drunken fist element that the title character is supposedly famous for.
the film is visually stunning using some beautiful back drops as well as fantastic cinematography to engage the audience in the time period.
to talk about any other elements is pointless because it is all about the fighting and for those who enjoyed Fearless or Crouching tiger hidden dragon will find some impressive choreography here.
recommended for martial arts fans only.