This is a fun, twisted martial arts adventure. Set in a Chinese village in 1917, Donnie Yen stars as a seemingly affable villager who manages to stop two thieves in a general store with what seems to be some lucky, clumsy fight moves. An investigator (Takeshi Kaneshiro) comes to town, digs a little deeper, and finds out that the town hero has a few, big, nasty secrets. Yen is at his best here, giving both an interesting dramatic performance along with some major kickass fights (which he designed and choreographed). Director Peter Chen mixes in some scary horror elements that make this one of the more unique martial arts movies of recent years. High marks for cinematography and score in this one. If you are a fan of martial arts films, this one is not to be missed.
Director: Peter Chan
Producer: Peter Chan
Cast: Donnie Yen, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Kara Hui, Wu Jiang, Yu Kang, Xiao Li, Wei Tang, Kenji Tanigaki, Yu Wang and Hua Yan