It's 1645, and the forces loyal to the Ming are fast losing out to the Ching (Manchu). Treacherous quisling Shu Ting Kao betrays Captain Sher and takes him prisoner, as per the (Ching) ... See full summary »
| Big production values but poor pacing and average action
The movie starts with Carter Wong about to be executed for losing the battle but gets a last second reprieve. He and Mom go to Yang Chao. The other general is poisoned by Wei Pin-Ao (translator in Fist of Fury). Polly arrives in time to rescue his daughter.
This is mostly a historic drama. There is the usual corrupt officials, plotting, backstabbing with everyone out for himself. The action is almost all sword fights with big battle sequences.
The wire work in the movie is the kind that gave wire work a bad name. It is far too exaggerated and used for impossible escapes.
The movie seemed overly dramatic and the pacing dragged. The action sequences were run of the mill average.
The DVD is no more than a copy from a VHS tape with the 4:3 size and 1970s television resolution. It is dubbed English by the A team of voice overs.