In a remote Chinese village, ordinary paper maker Liu Jin Xi lives with his wife Ayu and two sons. When two bandits attempt to rob a nearby general store, Liu Jin Xi happens to be nearby and comes to the store's defense. The final result of the battle is that the two bandits are killed by Liu Jin Xi.
Detective Xu Bai Jiu is then tasked to investigate the general store robbery. His attention quickly focuses on Liu Jin Xi as he suspects the ordinary paper maker is hiding a secret past. Add Synopsis In Portuguese
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Its has great martial art fights but its not even too focused on that. The intelligence is found in the way the story is revealed to the audience. Such awesome directing! The synopsis tells you all you need to know to begin watching the movie but when I watched it, I had no clue what it was about aside from the fact that it was a martial arts movie featuring Donnie Yen. In the end, the only issue I found with this movie is that the 1st half of it is so awesome and engages the audience thoroughly in this roller-coaster ride (a 10/10), while the second half of it is a bit dull in comparison like the roller coaster slowed down a bit (a 7/10). All together it still remains and awesome movie which I rate 9/10. Highly recommended! XD
However, the movie had many aspect that kept it from being outstanding in my view. First of all I felt the movie had an identity crisis. It wouldn't settle for one and go through to the end. The first half was purely a scene investigation done brilliantly and, as a mystery junky, I was totally absorbed by it. During the end of the first half, it started leaning towards horror type which, though not my type, I understand that many mystery use it to add more thrill. Then suddenly, just half way through, all the secrets get revealed and nothing is left to be uncovered. It becomes a pure action movie. The problem here is, instead of incorporating the two genre in a complementary way, it felt that the just pasted to together, without mixing it at all. At that point, all the character development and exploration gets thrown out the window.
Another thing I cannot get over is the music here. Overall I mostly enjoyed how sound and music has been used here. That is except for one scene. It marked the beginning of the action sequence and starts with this guitar soundtrack. It only lasted seconds but it was a mood destroyer.
One last complaint is the death of one of the characters in the end. I wonder if I was supposed to laugh but that is what I did. I laughed at it though, not with it.
Again, despite my complaints I was delighted to watch this movie. Well my delight was mostly to watch Kaneshiro Takeshi but neither him nor Yen Donnie disappoint.