Action followed by long periods of nothing happening. This movie does not know what it wants to be, a tragic romance, a 30s gangster film or a one against many martial arts film. It doesn't succeed at any of those. It starts out as a sort of historical drama/action film, then looks like a 30s gangster film, then becomes a pentagonal romance of sorts. Then there is some action, then nothing, then action and tragedy at the same time. There is some sort of historical reference in the movie, but it is not an important point. Since the movie allegedly takes place in the 30s, at least that's when I think it's supposed to take place, judging from the machine guns all over the place. This movie is just not interesting, it is almost incoherent, the villain is played by an actor who's main moves are putting his hat on, taking it off and lowering his head slightly. The female leads Guli NaZha and Choo Ja-Hyun are good looking and believable. So is Zitao Huang as Jie. Peter Ho asZiHao is OK as long as it's action and not acting he's doing. He also looked much better with the beard and scruffy hair he had at the beginning of the movie. Anyway, I am surprised that I watched the whole thing without falling asleep.