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I just finished watching this film and was so utterly blown away by it that I just had to preach its awesomeness to all kung fu fans the world over.
There is a story to this one, but let's just skip that part and concentrate on what gets real kung fu fans itching with excitement: the action.
Not even ten minutes into this film and you know that you're in for a treat. By the time you're 53 minutes in, you'll be wetting your pants - it's just THAT GOOD.
Donnie Yen did the action choreography and it's some of the best you could ever hope to see, combining genuine martial arts skill with wire-work and a touch of computer effects for some of the most stunning fights ever to come out of Hong Kong... and that means a Hell of a lot if you know your grain.
For me, this film rates up there with other kung fu masterpieces such as Iron Monkey, Fist Of Legend and Tai Chi Master; fans will therefore be able to get an idea of just how masterful this flick is!
I understand that no film can ever be perfect, but I rated this one a "10", as such is the highest attainable merit.
Now, if you're any kind of action fan, go and watch this film - I promise that you won't be disappointed.
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