comrade_yui’s review published on Letterboxd:
god-tier heroic bloodshed melodrama, probably the only time i've cried at one of these films outside of the first a better tomorrow. tona jaa is in absolute top-form here, but wu jing comes close to stealing his thunder, the cast in general is just stunning, and the action scenes have that lovely raidsploitation manic frenzy that is oh-so-enjoyable. the script to this is flawlessly tight to a fault, it's full of crazy contrivances and epic cross-cutting that make this feel like the martial arts-flavored iteration of magnolia. just a fucking riot to watch, supreme entertainment, if you're at all in-tune with hong kong filmmaking sensibilities, this is basically as good as it gets from the past decade.