錦衣衛
Secret Service of the Imperial Court (1984)


Reviewed by: MrBooth
Date: 01/19/2004
Summary: 3/5

*** SECRET SERVICE OF THE IMPERIAL COURT: Takes quite a while to get going, but the last half hour or so is a lot of fun carnage. Leung Kar Yan has done better.

Reviewer Score: 6

Reviewed by: Sydneyguy
Date: 11/17/2003
Summary: PRetty good.........

Well i did enjoy watching this movie but not as much as the other reviewers below me.

The bad: the editing could of been better, some scenes look like they jump from one thing to another. The sped up fighting at times is noticable and then makes some of the other scenes look slow!!

The good: The story though simple is one about justice and doing whats right. The price of what is doing whats right is a hard one. Leung Kar yan plays this role very well, a rightous yet cold blooded imperial guard. There are no other stand outs as he's dominates every scene he is in.

Worth watching, the action is good though sped up at times and the story though simple is enough.

7/10

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: pjshimmer
Date: 05/20/2001
Summary: Near perfection

This movie, considering it was made in 1984, looks terribly out of date compared to other movies made in this era starring Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, and perhaps Michelle Yeoh. But in general, I think this is an excellent film. The soundtrack is by far the best to come out of any SB production. The action is so-so for movies of this period, but nevertheless enjoyable. The plot is really well-written, with lots of betrayal, values, and emotional approaches. The acting is very, very good, and the whole movie is not far from flawless. The only problem, really, is that 90% of the movie was shot in the dark, and the print is extra dark. No, it will never be considered a masterpiece, but it's just one of those good old flicks everyone likes to watch. It makes you feel good afterwards - unless, of course, you're not into the genre.

[9/10]


Reviewed by: Gerardh
Date: 03/26/2000

Liang Jia Ren stars in this story of honor and betrayal with the government police force. Ren is cast as a captain on the force who is under the control of his father( Ku Feng). They work under the childish Emperor who is hardly responsible to do his duty. When a blood thirsty eunuch usurps the Emperor's power, Ren decides that it is time to call it quits. Furious, the Emperor orders Ku Feng to kill his own son, but somehow, Ren manages to live every time. Realizing that his troops are not Ren's match, the Eunuch decides to kill him hiself. This results in a fight scene that is one for the ages. A great film overall, with enough swordplay to keep you going for hours.