This is a brilliant piece of action cinema that is generally un-heard of. When i first saw this it was the first film i had seen of Mark Dacascos and since then i have been a fan simply because he is an action star who can act, who is a brilliant martial artist and who you can plainly see in his films that he does alot of his own stunts. This film is based on a Japanese animation which i have not seen but which does'nt matter seeing how good the film is, the plot is a little basic with some flaws but you really are interested in the lead characters (Dacascos in particular) and the direction is absolutely superb and i have to say that Christophe Gans is one of the best directors i have seen and i would rate him higher than John Woo, this film is slick and stylish, the cinematography is excellent aswell as the music in it which really adds to the atmosphere. As for acting, well Dacascos is one of the best actors of the action star lot and his performance is excellent and all other leading characters in the film are good aswell, as for the more background characters their acting is quite cheesy. To top off the superlatives of this flick, the action. Each set piece is masterfully staged especially the sword play at the end. This is really worth watching and is a must buy for any action fan let alone a fan of the cartoon or Mark Dacascos. I hope they release this action classic on DVD.