The plans for the Japanese invasion of China in 1941 are hidden inside the most solid banjo ever made. This incredible instrument is used in an elaborate fight scene, where Japanese troops are whacked into unconsciousness in one hit, yet it comes apart easily when Colonel Kino removes the plans later. Perhaps the poor instrument just couldn't take any more.
Reviewer Score: 7
The story proceeds too slowly in parts, and the acting and dialogue are pretty creaky during the first half. However, as is true of so many HK movies, things start to gel around the half-way mark (And why is that ? Did many HK directors make a habit of not paying attention for the first half ?) and the remainder is a blast. Plentiful fights of good quality and high entertainment value. Also pretty gory - plenty of fake blood spilt here. The dialogue and acting even improve a bit.
Bruce Leung is a lead actor who, as far as I'm concerned, has a good track record. I've at least enjoyed every movie of his I've seen, and this is no exception. Recommended.