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China is plunged into strife as feuding warlords try to expand their power by warring over neighboring lands. Fuelled by his success on the battlefield, young and arrogant Hao Jie sneers at Shaolin's masters after killing a rival warlord on their temple grounds. But the glory comes before a fall. His own family is wiped out in an unexpected turn of events and Hao is forced to take refuge with the monks. As the civil unrest spreads and the people suffer, Hao and the Shaolin masters are forced to take a fiery stand against the evil warlords. They launch a daring plan of rescue and escape. Written by
Still good despite stick fighting monks somehow keep beating guns
China is being torn apart by feuding warlords and foreign powers. Hao Jie (Andy Lau) is a ruthless commander who kills all his rivals. He rejects foreign offers to built a railroad. His treacherous ways rebound on him when his underling Cao Man (Nicholas Tse) revolts with the help of the foreign power. Hao Jie loses everything including his precious daughter, and seeks help from Shaolin masters. He regains his humanity with their help including cooking monk Wudao (Jackie Chan).
I like the solid first half. It is poetic, dramatic, and compelling. However the movie couldn't resist its kung fu movie genes, and it devolves into a lot of unreal fighting. The fighting is more ridiculous since the troops with guns keep getting kicked around by monks with their sticks. It's still a good movie. The action looks good. However the message loses a bit.
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