Aroview: Though no doubt diminished on the small screen, this ancient Martial Arts spectacle from the dir. of RAISE THE RED LANTERN transforms the genre with its ultra-stylised, balletic fight sequences.
Though hopelessly melodramatic and riddled with genre cliche, this is the stuff of legend with 'loyalty' and 'betrayal' writ large across its ravishing canvas, and the four superstars of Chinese cinema ornamenting beautifully.
5 stars (Exceptional) Beautiful. A martial arts ballet, with stunning slow-motion sequences and wuxia elements that go even beyond the brilliant 'Crouching Tiger' (although the storyline is not as deep or emotional).~Tom H
5 stars (Exceptional) A visual masterpiece, with stunning set pieces and fight scenes that are some of the most beautiful ever put to film. Supplemented with a compelling story and great performances from the cast.~Wizzums