All Men Are Brothers - Blood of the Leopard (1993)
Reviewed by: Trigger on 2001-11-20
Summary: Pretty Good... Worth a Look.
The Film - 6/10

It was a decent flick - it started off rather slow, but picked up 1/3 of the way through. Elvis Tsui was outstanding in this film - his best work I think. Tony Leung was good too I thought. Lots of flying-fu in this, but it was not as much of the wire kind as it was the trampoline kind and quick cuts. Still it was fun to watch. The male bonding bordered on going beyond "brothers" to being a little bit on the gay side (not that there's anything wrong with that)... I felt they tried a little too hard to illustrate how good of friends these two were.

The Plot - 5/10

It's a period film with flying swordplay. Basically this military general who is honest, loyal and respected meets up with this uncooth monk and they become great friends and constantly fight with each other for fun. They swear brotherhood and then the general guy gets framed and is sentenced to death and the monk comes to the rescue blah blah... it's just good friends vs. evil guys. It's like a buddy-cop film in historical China. Nothing groundbreaking.

The Action - 6.5/10

Decent fights, but nothing too amazing. The beauty of it is that there is so much of it. This film is packed with fighting.

The DVD - 5/10

Colors were well saturated and looked nice. Decent Transfer. Sound was ok. Subtitles were burned-in, but mostly easily readable.

What I Learned -

I learned that two men can love each other and take baths together and it doesn't make them gay. :)
Reviewer Score: 6