The mainland China distributor thought the version shown at the Venice Film Festival by John Woo himself was a huge mess and unwatchable, so the film got a completely re-cut from the original source materials when shown in mainland China. See more »
This Japanese and Chinese collaboration of a John Woo directed movie turned out to be one of the least interesting of John Woo's career. And here I am only thinking about his work in Asian cinema.
The story portrayed in this movie was straightforward, but it was so straightforward that it offered no surprises, no twists, no nothing. So you just basically sit back in the seat and strap yourself in for the ride. Except you need not worry about the straps, because the ride here was plain and downright boring.
The action sequences were adequate, although hardly outstanding in comparison to many other Asian movies.
It was gutwretching to listen to the dialogue performed in English, because it was abysmally poorly delivered.
This movie came and went without leaving any lasting impression. Heck, it hardly even left a dent.
I love Asian movies, but this movie is not one that I ever plan to return to watch a second time.
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