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28 October 2004 (Hong Kong) See more »
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In this swordfighting comedy, a young noblewoman falls in love with a prince of the Imperial House. By accident... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Francis Ng ... Blindie / 'Chicken Feathers'

Andy On ... Second Prince Tian Yang
Lei Liu ... Tian Sheng, First prince
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cecilia Cheung ... Black Phoenix / White Dragon Jr.
Xiao Lung Ding ... Palace Guard #1

Avi K. Garg ... Deer Claw / Various Characters (voice: English version)
Shiu Hung Hui ... Deer Tai
Zhangjin Shi ... Eagle
Nei Suet ... White Dragon
Patrick Tang ... Gene
Kitty Yuen ... Tweetie

Directed by
Wilson Yip 
 
Writing credits
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Yiu Fai Lo 
Wilson Yip 

Produced by
Tiffany Chen .... administrative producer
Ivy Kong .... producer (as Y.Y. Kong)
Joe Ma .... producer
 
Original Music by
Tommy Wai 
 
Film Editing by
Ka-Fai Cheung 
 
Art Direction by
Walter Wong 
 
Editorial Department
Kar-tung Chu .... digital editor
Wai-Yip Ho .... digital editor
Kai-wing Yeung .... digital editor
 
Other crew
Charles Heung .... presenter
 

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Also Known As:
"Fei hap siu baak lung" - Hong Kong (original title)
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Argentina:93 min
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10 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Modern Silliness in Feudal China - Kung Fu Style, 16 March 2006
Author: Stoli_Raz_N_7 from United States

So here's the gist of it: Phoenix Black, a pretty young woman in China two hundred or so years ago, a one-dimensional victim of the director's need to rehash the silly-teen-girl-who-loves-to-shop jokes, inherits the powers of the White Dragon via simulated computer-download. Because she's in love with the Prince, she must fight to save him from the country's top assassin, a man named Chicken Feathers. She is aided by Gene, a young man with an impressive knowledge of modern forensics.

Throughout the course of the story, though, Phoenix finds out that Chicken Feathers is a decent man, and falls in love with him as well. Now she must learn where her loyalties lie and uncover the mystery of who hired Chicken Feathers to assassinate the Prince.

To be fair, if you can stomach the first twenty minutes of silicon-age silliness blending with feudal China affairs, and the last ten minutes of western-world make-me-puke-mega-happy-endings, then the rest of the show ain't so bad. Though the wire-fu is growing tiresome, the sword play is decent. The love story is slightly appreciable, though on the whole less than respectable.

Cecilia Cheung, who's always delightful to see does an admirable job of taking a lame role seriously, and she gets to play a character with two cool names: Phoenix Black and White Dragon, Jr. The other supporting characters are just silly. The conspiracy story is dumb and over-abused in Western cinema. The blind assassin with a pure heart story is even more over-abused in Eastern films. I would have hoped that something coming out of Hong Kong would have had more substance.

The worst of the film, though, is that the director tries to blend modern silliness akin to Leslie Nielsen's Mr. Magoo (actually, you could reference just about anything Nielsen has done for the last twenty years) with all the pageantry of Eastern period-piece films. What you end up with is computer download power transfers, and a débutante of ancient China playing ancient Chinese songs on a flute while acting like a rock star and stage diving.

Needless to say, the mixing just doesn't blend. People who honestly express the thought that this is a great movie only demonstrate their foolishness, and an all-too-frightening penchant for idiocy.

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