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12 July 2012 (Hong Kong) See more »
A government department known as the Six Panels appoints their best officer to infiltrate a special force called the Divine Constabulary, to ensure their way in stopping the circulation of counterfeit coin currency in the capital. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Chao Deng ... Leng Lingqi (Coldblood) (as Deng Chao)

Yifei Liu ... Shong Yayu (Emotionless) (as Liu Yi Fei)
Ronald Cheng ... Cui Lueshang (Life Snatcher)

Collin Chou ... Tie Yourda (Iron Hands)

Anthony Wong Chau-Sang ... Zhuge Zhenwo (as Anthony Wong)
Xiubo Wu ... An Shigeng - The God of Wealth (as Wu Xiu Bo)
Taisheng Chen ... Sheriff King (as Cheng Tai Shen)
Yi Yan Jiang ... Ji Yaohua (as Jiang Yi Yan)
Anna Fang ... Butterfly
Ryu Kohata ... Avalanche
Sheren Tang ... Aunt Foise
Waise Lee ... Prince
Bei-Er Bao ... Big Wolf (as Bao Bei Er)
Ying Jie Wu ... Ding Dong (as Wu Ying Jie)
Miao Chi ... Guts (as Miao Chi)
Tina Xiang ... Bell
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yuki Li ... Feng Ming

Directed by
Gordon Chan 
Janet Chun 
Produced by
Gordon Chan .... executive producer
Gordon Chan .... producer
Abe Kwong .... producer
Original Music by
Henry Lai 
Cinematography by
Yiu-Fai Lai (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ki-hop Chan 
Production Design by
Bruce Yu 
Special Effects by
Bruce Law .... fire effects
Visual Effects by
Di Cai .... compositor
Kristaan Cain .... previsualisation artist: Base Fx
Will Geng .... visual effects producer
Pavel Hristov .... technical director
Pei-Zhi Huang .... effects technical director: Base Fx
Shiyang Liu .... digital compositor
Yulong Liu .... compositor
Natasa Simonson .... visual effects coordinator (as Natasa Ljubisavljevic)
Ron Simonson .... visual effects supervisor
Hao Sun .... compositor
Fu Xiao .... compositor
Chen Zonglei .... matte painter
Huan-Chiu Ku .... action director
Camera and Electrical Department
Zheng-Jia Guo .... gaffer
Music Department
Petr Pololanik .... conductor
Petr Pololanik .... orchestrator

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Si da ming bu" - China (original title)
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118 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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If you love blurry action and gaps in the story, this is the movie for you., 25 January 2014
Author: KADC from London, Ontario, Canada

I enjoy these sorts of exaggerated wuxia (superhuman/magic martial arts) movies, so anyone not into this genre might give it a significantly lower rating.

The primary problem with this movie is, due to the writing, directing, or editing I don't know, its nonsensically fast-paced timing; like it's in some kind of race to finish within its roughly two hour length. Without exaggeration, the pacing of the combat scenes in Michael Bay's first Transformers movie seem relaxed in comparison. A previous reviewer points out that after the first fight scene the action slows down, which is true, but only so much that you can at least make out who's fighting whom and what kind of attack they're using, but not so much that you ever get to really enjoy the combat until the final showdown at the end of the movie.

Like a bad Hollywood action flick, the story gets the same herky-jerky treatment; spending as little time as possible dealing with major plot elements or simply skipping ahead to the next scene altogether and leaving it up to the viewer to figure out in hindsight what must have transpired between scenes. For example, there's a love triangle which has to be pointed out in exposition by other characters because there is literally no time is allotted to developing any kind of relationship between these characters who are supposedly attracted to each other. Even the looks and comments of the trio can only be interpreted as attraction due to the observational comments others make.

Granted, this is a problem which seems to be increasingly creeping into many Chinese films in recent years, with romantic comedies devoid of romance and detective movies that gloss over the detective work, but whether that's a cultural change or if Chinese cinema is adopting the worst of Hollywood's bad habits in an unfortunate attempt to become more commercially viable, the end result is a movie with great promise that falls well short of the mark and ends up being just barely entertaining.

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