Well, what a surprising film, at least in terms of story. I won’t go into too much detail, as I don’t want to spoil it, but let’s just say it’s not very Hollywood.
Very Crouching Tiger in feel – sweeping scenery, sword fights that are closer to ballet, beautifully filmed and choreographed… very much a visual delight. The story is told as narrative by the nameless hero of the film, who has defeated China’s three greatest assassins, and is now standing before the King of Qin.
Hugely impressive set pieces – the palace and steps are fabulous. The thousands upon thousands of soldiers are very impressive, and the arrow sequences are good too. Favourite moments are when Broken Sword and Flying Snow storm the palace by defeating 3000 of the palace guard, and when Snow and Nameless defend off the arrows from the Zhao school.
Probably not a keeper – once is enough – but definitely glad I finally got around to seeing it.