Wait for a subbed/letterboxed release of this film, and buy.
Jason Storm | San Francisco | 01/05/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, this is a reasonably strong film. Not that you'd know it watching this DVD. If you are lucky enough to find the letterboxed/subtitled video, rent or buy it. Simon Yam puts on a very strong performance as the head of a crime family whom is is forced by circumstance to take a hands on approach to eliminating the competition.By no means a groundbreaker by way of plot, and definately not Yam's finest hour as an actor but it does have some finely choreographed violence, including a noteworthy kendo match in which Yam administers a savage and breathtaking beating to one of his lackeys during a sparring match.A reasonably grimey and aggresive low budget gangster film in its original form, this DVD's production reduces it to a laughable mess at times. -Jason Storm"
Pretty damn good
scott | New York | 12/25/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is great.Simon Yam delivers a great performance as an adopted chinese son of a japanese yakuza leader.The chinese triads and the japanese yakuza are battling for control in Britain's chinatown.When his father is killed,he goes on a killing spree,killing anyone who may have had anything to do with his father's death.One day when killing a triad leader,he is caught on camera by a girl(Joey Wong).Instead of killing her,he falls in love with her.At the end, Yam kills all the baddies,finding that the main villian is his trusted underboss.The movie has some great looking scenes,some capturing the very essence of the animated cartoon, Crying Freeman,which this film was based on.The gunplay in the film is very good,as well as the swordplay.The fights(courtesy of Phillip Kao)are first rate,very hard hitting,and well choreographed."