16 December 2016 | ckormos1
Substantial star power but played too safe
It opens with Ti Lung casting out false gods. Another hero interrupts and asks they be spared and he agrees. Cut to a woman trying to escape from an arranged marriage with her true love. Ti Lung again butts in. Some fighters are tired of him interfering so they send assassins. Next is an abrupt cut to an escort being robbed and Shih Szu tries to escape. Ti Lung sets aside his chicken dinner to help her. But was it all a trick?
Brian Camp mentions in his review a runtime of 101 minutes that seems as if whole scenes were cut. I agree but it also seems to drag at that runtime. I first watched this movie about two years ago and just made some notes to myself, "Plot drags, probably doesn't make sense but I would watch it again and give it a second chance." So I did watch it again to write this review. My copy is VHS format screen with English dubbing by the A team and Turkish hard subtitles.
This movie has all the ingredients to be one of the best of the year. Yet it struggles to attain "average for the year and genre" on my scorecard. I feel everything about the movie was played safe, directed, filmed, and acted exactly as expected. The only thing "out of the box" was the two eccentric uncle fighters. Characters like that are not unusual, it is just that they didn't fit the perfect mold of this movie. Also, the reveal at the end was too little too late.