Secret Service of the Imperial Court (1984)
Reviewed by: pjshimmer on 2001-05-20
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This movie, considering it was made in 1984, looks terribly out of date compared to other movies made in this era starring Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, and perhaps Michelle Yeoh.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.