It's entirely ambitious, to say the least.
The story focuses on a man who flees the burning of his temple and the murder of his master. After watching his friend die to ensure his escape, Hung Hsi-Kuan vows to gain revenge on Pai Mei, the martial arts master who murders his master.
So begins the story of Hung and his family, following a multi-generational tale invoking many a clever jump cut and a lot of heart-warming family theatrics. Part of the films charm is directly correlated to how effective it is at getting us to love these characters, and making every crucial choice they make feel earned (as well as every consequence devastating).
The cinematography is gorgeous, crisp and diverse…