This is a classic in so many ways. This set the bar so high that "period" martial arts movies were put on hold for over 10 years in Hong Kong before the flood gates opened again. This is Tsui Hark in overdrive.. 80's painted special effects , eyebrow martial Arts(just see the film) multiple "flying" using the old style rigs , flying statues, giant bells , giant chains, set decoration that clearly influenced Big Trouble in Little China and one…
This is an absolute treasure of a film. It has the emotional depth that the majority of live - action films fail to reach. There are at least three heart- stopping moments of emotional clarity in this film which have and need no words . There are images and themes that can be seen purely as scene setting , but this film sets out to show that goodness exists and takes on badness ,despite the hurt and pain that life inevitably brings.