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An epic set in the Ming Dynasty - loyal generals (Tony Leung Ka-Fai and Brigitte Lin) vs. the East Chamber's eunuch (Donnie Yen), set in a sleazy hostel run by Maggie Cheung. Lots of action, lots of humor in this film, and a few nods to western films - a John Ford cavalry charge and a Sweeney Todd plot device. The swordplay is overly frenetic, the plot is straight-forward, but the biggest selling point is that it is just FUN to watch, from beginning to end. The film is essentially monochromatic and the cinematography is sub-par. Not one of the highest quality films in the genre. The real high-point is an AERIAL KUNG FU STRIP-TEASE DUEL between Maggie Cheung and Brigitte Lin.