Ching Wan Lau had not filmed a martial arts film in twenty years and was trained to use a whip to prepare for his role as a guardian leader of Pucheng village.
The set took over four months to build.
The project, budgeted at US$32 million, was first announced at the 2015 Hong Kong Filmart, which took place in March 2015, under the title "The Deadly Reclaim." It was scheduled to start production in April and be released at the end of the year.
Action director Sammo Hung had a cameo at the end of the movie as the leader of the army who defeated Tyrant Cao.