Directed by Tsui Hark, action direction and martial arts choreography by Sammo Hung, starring Andy Lau, Tony Leung, Carina Lau, Bingbing Li and Chao deng.
This film is a gorgeous piece of whimsy and I’m glad that I saw it on the big screen. It is a lavish adventure story that exploits its exotic and historical setting with luscious art direction. The plot involves a most improbable murder mystery full of twists and turns and red herrings (hey, if it’s good enough for Agatha Christie it’s good enough for Tsui Hark). The story is (intentionally) fantastic as well as complicated but Tsui lets the film unfold at a good brisk pace and controls his sprawling plot with discipline. The acting is uniformly good, and Andy Lau proves to be an engaging hero. If you want a fun cinematic experience then I can highly recommend this film.