... Another splendid piece of new wave material , beautifully acted and wonderfully executed in both action set pieces and sequencing .
----------Before I start my review however, I would like to take this opportunity to pay full respects to ANITA MUI who sadly passed away a couple of years ago . Her work , general charm and profound sense of candour laced with majestic feminity made her very special in many hearts , the world over . Here's hoping ANITA has found the heavenly peace that I am sure all would say she richly deserves.-----
JET LI is an undercover cop for the beijing police who has been sent to Hong Kong to infiltrate and eventually take down a crime syndicate who threatens to take their illict activities beyond Hong Kong .The story is three dimensional as JET LI"S connection to the crime boss YU RONG GUANG his relationship with his son TZE MIU and the Hong Kong cop in pursuit of LI , the lovely miss ANITA MUI herself , provides a solid platform upon which the entire story unfolds .
LI is so deep under cover not even his ailing wife knows his current job assignment ; his son is mocked and harrassed at school as LI'S deeds with the notorious syndicate reaches headlines on tv. The detective in pursuit of LI , ANITA MUI , who had a fortuitious ' run-in ' with JET previously , in which he saved her life before escaping is Intrigued if not fascinated by the masked criminal who saved her life. She embarks on a quest to find / catch JET . Her quest takes her to the ' less glitzy ' side of beijing , where she meets the son of our hero and his ailing wife . In one emotionally powerful and tear-jerking exchange between LI"S wife and the pursuing detctive (MIU) , LI"S wife confesses that she knows MUI is not a friend as she pretends to be , but is a representative of the law who is actually after her husband . MUI agrees with the wife to take the son back with her to Hong Kong as she (the wife) expects to pass away soon .
The journey to hong kong is rife with perils as MUI and the boy fights at every stop until the syndicate themselves get hold of the young lad . LI pretends not to now the child in order to maintain his cover and the lad plays along nicely , but un-aware to both Li and son , the crime boss YU RONG GUANG -----mr. iron monkey himself , already knows who they really are..
The end product is as predictable as clock-work as JET LI and YU RONG GUANG squares off in an abosolutely fantastic finale. COREY YUEN who directs and choreographs , uses the skills of all the parties very well as each character has his / her own moment to shine .
The film is highlighted by some incredible gun-play and stunts to match and the martial arts quality , without doubt , is over the top with mr. COREY "coreygrapher" YUEN and YUEN TAK ,showing the way .THis film marks one of several collaboration with "corey" and "jet" throughout the mid-nineties , it proved a very fruitful partnership indeed.
A class film , with some class acts and some genuinely classy actors.