This is a great film!
Excellent. Only someone who is a fan of the genre would understand what
the filmmakers wanted to achieve. C'mon, it's supposed to be dark and
violent.Shanghai, 1935, get it? It's smart blend of action and film
noir with fantastic tips of the hat to classic films like Five Fingers
of Death. The opening is perhaps one of the most staggering (and yes,
violent) in recent memory, and, like the the ending, trulyepic. This
director pulled out all the stops and he shows an effortless mastery of
action and emotion.
Carradine's performance is dark, nuanced, his fighting is ruthless. Now
that's not to say it isn't flawed in some ways as most films are when
they take these kinds of chances, but kudos to some really bold
film-making. My advice to the naysayers is to grow a pair, bone up on
this genre and appreciate good film-making..
David Carradine doing his legendary "Kung Fu" only he's older
"White Crane" (Kung Fu Killer) is to me classic David Carradine doing
his legendary "Kung Fu" only he's older. If any of you remember his TV
shows "Kung Fu" in the 70's and "Kung Fu: The Legend Continues" of the
90's in which Carradine fights in a majestic and powerful way and
shares with you his words of wisdom then you should love this, if you
have been brought up on the films of Jackie Chan and Jet Li where they
jump around like they are on something hitting their opponents a dozen
times without defeating them but some how winning in the end then you
may not appreciate this style of Kung Fu movie. Daryl Hannah does a
good job as a 1930s singer and looks the part and Osric Chau is
excellent as a young Kung Fu student..