An Eternal Combat (1991)
Reviewed by: STSH on 1999-12-19
Summary: I'm a sucker for this stuff……
This story begins in the historical past. Hard to be more exact when…..
A holyman/Sifu and his assistant Sai Gwai (actor unknown, possibly Gabriel Wong) team up with a local official Dai Yat, and are soon attacked by a Japanese warrior, who is assisted by a princess (Joey Wong). The battle somehow transports them to the present day, where they wander around and try to adjust. Clearly a nutcase, Sifu is committed to an asylum, where his counsellor Gigi is a reincarnation of the princess. Meanwhile, the evil Japanese warrior has secreted himself in the cross of a Catholic Church, where Dai Yat and Sai Gwai are staying. All of this builds up to a good vs evil battle which, somehow along the way, manages to bring in Anthony Wong as a psycho who stalks Gigi.
If this all sounds dull and rather muddled, it certainly isn't. The photography, especially during the flying people fight scenes, is lush and colourful, equal to the standard set by Chinese Ghost Story. The story strikes just the right balance between clarity, confusion, suspense and comedy. If you like wu'xia (flying people) flicks, this one is a must-see. Warmly recommended.
Reviewer Score: 8