Following the canons of good action movies, Wu Xia doesn’t take long to deal out a large dose of wallops. Two thieves attack a small town’s general store, when a kind citizen steps in and bumps off the wrongdoers (apparently) by chance. This event brings him unforeseen fame and causes the arrival of a detective who will start to pry into the unexpected hero’s past. Peter Chan offers us a period action movie, with brilliant action choreographies and a use of computer graphics reminiscent of Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock. He is accompanied on the adventure by the colossal Donnie Yen and Takeshi Kaneshiro.


Peter (Ho-Sun) Chan

Hong Kong, 1962. After creating the UFO Production Company and piling up all sorts of different awards with He’s a Woman She’s a Man (94) and Comrades. Almost a Love Story (97), he directed Love Letter (99) for Dreamworks. In 2006 he presented Perhaps Love in Sitges and then repeated again two years later with The Warlords.

Technical information

Edition: 2012
Section: Casa Àsia
Original language: Mandarin