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Ranks as one of the best Martial Arts movies in existence
Well, what can I say but this is an AWESOME movie. Jet Li and Yuen Woo Ping team up once more to bring us some of the best fight scenes ever. The movie is more-or-less a remake of Bruce Lee's "The Chinese Connection." Jet Li's master is killed in a match and Jet returns to Shanghai to investigate. He learns that his master was poisoned and finds himself going up against the Japanese. The music was good. The theme of racial tolerance was present. The performances were also good.
Now, let's talk about what really matters: the fights. Jet Li fights like he's never fought before. The wires are minimal. Many of fights are instant classics, such as him demolishing the Japanese school and his match with Yusuaki Kurata. The final duel with Billy Chow is one of the greatest single fights ever put on film. Li, Chow, Kurata, and Chin Siu Ho all put in excellent fighting performances. Basically, a must see for all fans of martial arts and action.
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