Time Out says

Rather tendentiously credited to the veteran King Hu (it was supposed to be a ‘comeback’ film for the director of A Touch of Zen, but he left the production very early on and none of his footage remains), this actually plays like a vulgar and resolutely modern-spirited pastiche of the kind of movie he used to make. As such, it’s a lot of fun: a roller-coaster ride through memories of the great Chinese swordplay movies of the ’60s. It plays out the joke about an explosion in a dye-factory, and then romps through a series of gravity-defying fight scenes in which the antagonists not only clash in mid-air and slice each other in half, but also unleash darts, poisons and swarms of deadly insects at each other.


Release details

120 mins

Cast and crew

King Hu, Tsui Hark, Ching Siu-Tung
Kwan Man-leung, Wong Ying, Lam Kei-tou, Lau Tai-muk, Leung Fi-ming, Tai Fu-ho
Samuel Hui
Jacky Cheung
Cecilia Yip
Fennie Yuen
Cheung Mun