This could have been a fun little picture, but it somehow is less than great. For one thing, Samo takes much too long to get into serious martial arts, and only does so when Chiang's
Reviewer Score: 4
ghost enters his body, near the end. Also, the romance with Joey is totally unconvincing, and is almost as hard to watch as Jackie Chan's stomach-churning "romantic" scenes in Dragons Forever.
On a brighter note, this is Jacky Cheung's first movie, and he acts as if he's on speed. He's totally hyped in every scene, as though the other actors are performing in slow mo. Luckily, he quickly learned (in later films) a little more restraint.
If you get bored, though, you can spend the film trying to keep up with Samo's incredible array of well-known actors doing bit parts and cameos.
The support case is simply huge. The end credits list no less than
twenty support actors and twenty other guest appearances. I've added a few I could identify.
Overall, just passable.