Brilliant action flick , and one of the action movies I rate above all else from hong kong ; for several different reasons, the chief among them being JET LI'S ferocious speed ,his deft body movements and his absolulutely lethal and precise instincts when he goes on the attack. Typically when COREY YUEN directs or choreographs , the material at hand is remarkable , However, when he pulls double duties in both departments , the material is over the top ; this film is simply just that ' over the top'.
A paper thin story and plot , redeemed by the skills of one of the greatest martial artist of the modern era--JET LI.
A female witness to a mob killing (CHRISTY CHUNG ) ,is marked for death by the assassin before she can testify in court . JET LI is sent from the beijing elite forces to protect her. At first , she resist all efforts to LI"S presence ,under the presumption that any threat to her is exaggeratated ; but in time that presumption is replaced by the very real and tangible threat that the assassins in question will not stop until she is dead.
An awkward romance blossoms between LI and CHUNG , and the difference between beijing's Li- and hong kong's CHUNG-- are made apparent , as the happy go lucky CHUNG'S charm seemed inocuous to the strict disciplinarin and hardened demeanour of the military trained LI.
Gun play, stunts , martial arts acrobatics formed an intricate part of the action , packaged nicely and dished out evenly in one violent , to say nothing of colorful , scene after another. New wave movies doesn't get a lot of air time on this site , this one truly deserves it however,as it pretty much sells itself. I could write a half a dozen review of this movie and not used the same word twice. this is indeed a gem and a wonderful gift from the talented COREY YUEN , for many to enjoy for generations to come.