PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama
A martial artist/doctor steals from the corrupt authorities as a masked thief to give to the poor while another martial artist/doctor is forced to hunt him down. But a major threat unites them as a powerful and traitorous shaolin monk takes over the authorities.
For the US release, distributor Miramax made their own subtitles that did not accurately translate the Cantonese dialogue. Scenes were also edited or removed to tone down the violence and comedy.
Fight poison with poison, what a brilliant doctor!
(at around 1h 4 mins) Just after Miss Orchid put the needles in the back of Dr. Yang to get the poison out of the Buddha's Palm, she lays him back in the chair, and then we see his back without the needles, and it never shows her taking them out.
The Miramax version released in the U.S. in 2001 is severely cut from the original Hong Kong version and has the memorable original musical score by Richard Yuen removed and replaced by a new score by James L. Venable. The new score was made to sound similar to the Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon score because Miramax hoped that it could cash in on its success.
$6,014,653 (USA) (14 October 2001)
$14,681,661 (USA) (18 November 2001)
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