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But any fight that involves the big bad is a masterpiece
Reviewed in the United States on March 5, 2018
A very interesting, if uneven, movie.
Half the fight scenes (the group ones) are silly and uninspiring, fillers basically. But any fight that involves the big bad is a masterpiece. The choreography is flawless. I loved the parts when White Lotus simply danced around, avoiding the hero's punches with such ease and grace, yet with a smirk. He's one of the more interesting villains from the era.
As usual, the hero motivations are kind of vague, and the movie ends the second the final fight is over. Who could be bothered with any kind of a wrap up to tie up the non-existent story-lines.
The good guy is also kind of a jerk. His treatment of the obligatory comic relief is downright mean, and very disrespectful of a guy who gives up everything he has at a drop of a hat to help his friends, and saves his life twice. But, he's scrawny, balding and geeky, so go ahead and pour constant abuse on the guy.
As far as the training sequences go, this is some of most beautiful work I've seen Gordon Liu perform. Especially his mastery of "woman's" kung-fu is graceful, funny, yet powerful.
The inexplicably unexpected full frontal nudity shot of White Lotus is just "what?"