I watched the version on Netiflix that had 20 minutes excised by Weinstein, and it sure suffers from that truncated runtime. Expository monologues and convoluted plot points are pelted at you so rapidly, it’s a real effort to keep up. The whole thing just needed more space to breathe, which I’m sure makes the original cut far superior. 

Still, the fight scenes - choreographed by Donnie Yen himself - are pretty spectacular. The cast are all convincing, and the film looks great.