This is much harder Jackie movie and although there’s some kicky-fighty-stunts-type stuff it’s obvious that he can do the serious acting as well.
Chinese film-acting (that I’ve seen and admittedly not much) seems to still lean towards the gods-style big gestures of good and evil where everything has to be clear cut. With this one there is an attempt to avoid that cliché and the back story, thin though it is, has a very slightly ambiguous edge in about as much as the front story does. Still a lot of over-drama though in the sets and plot if nothing else.
Having said that, the performances are good for main cast members and the fighting is kept small but impressive, more complimentary than overpowering. Jackie really throws himself into both the action and the soul-searching but don’t watch for the JC style stunts and fights, watch for the direction and sets as well as the ensemble.
It’s one I’m happy to have watched and might do so again if on TV but I’m not overtaken with the need to rerun it as soon as possible. There isn’t as much humour as usual and in many ways it’s like a short story that’s been put on the big screen.
DVD Extras: Interviews and making of are good and it’s interesting to hear the way other actors relate to Jackie.
Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Watch if on TV?
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog but with a brutal-faced edge.