Nin Gang Yiu (Jimmy Lee), after training for the hard time, he decided to go to the outside world and join the 4th prince (Norman Chu) for gaining the king's position. Eventually Yiu ...
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Nin Gang Yiu (Jimmy Lee), after training for the hard time, he decided to go to the outside world and join the 4th prince (Norman Chu) for gaining the king's position. Eventually Yiu alongside with Pai Tai Hau (Alan Hsu) decided to make a rebellion towards the 4th prince for the justice.
THE REBELLIOUS REIGN is a Taiwanese-shot historical martial arts episode with lots of convoluted political machinations to act as a plot. Some say that this was originally lined up as a vehicle for Bruce Lee although I find it hard to imagine him starring in a historical movie like this. The story is about a dying Qing Emperor and the attempts to alter his will so some political rivals can gain power as a result.
Nondescript kung fu star Jimmy Lee is the pawn caught up in this game and the film charts his journey to self-realisation and eventual resistance against his foes. As a historical romp this is just about acceptable, although the lack of money is apparent in the limited use of sets and costumes; it's quite small scale despite the characters talking at length about grand matters. There's plenty of action here, but the choreography never really wows you and I've seen better elsewhere. Where the film does pick up is for the hard-hitting climax which ends in a genuinely surprising way; a great touch, so a pity the rest of the movie hadn't followed suit.
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