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Cheesy romance, a little bit of humour and and even smaller bit of warfare.
on 24 July 2009
Here we have another instalment in the 'Warring states era of China' films.
Although it doesn't quite live up to its competitors in the field: Hero, Curse of the golden flower, Battle of wits or Banquet it is still in its own right a valid entry.
The plot of this film is a classic love story loosely set in the 5 Dynasty - 10 Kingdoms Period of ancient China. At times during the film it seems as if the director has forgoten whether he is trying to make an epic war film or a romantic comedy. And because of this it unfortunately fails to deliver on either levels.
Whilst there are a few well known celebs in this film: Donnie Yen, Kelly Chan and Leon Lai this to unfortunately fails to bolster the films credentials. As there parts are at the best shallow and their acting quite wooden.
The directing and production of this film is nothing more than you'd expect for this type of film and the Special effects are minimal and if anything shied away from.
The lows of the film are the short battle scenes and sense of direcetion. Whilst a particular individual fight scene from Donnie Yen towards the end of the film makes it actually worth buying. Don't want to give too much away but: Donnie Yen, 1 huge sword and about a 100 enemies. Also the costumes in the film are particulary good, but I doubt you'll be buying it for this reason.
If you are a newcomer to this Genre I would invest in some of the above mentioned titles before averting your attention to this film.
But for true fans of the genre, although it isn't the best film of its kind I still feel its worth adding to the collection, if bought at a bargain.
All in all - A cheesy romance set against the backdrop of feudral China.