Another Wuxia style movie brought over here after the sucess of Crouching Tiger.
Summary: a prefect from a small village (Nameless) tells the story of how he killed 3 assasins to the Emperor of one of the early chinese kingdoms. The movie is a game between Nameless and the emperor, as Nameless tells his story, and then the Emperor extrapolates what really happened, this goes back and forth until it is revealed that Nameless is actually there to kill the emperor. 99 percent of the movie is flashbacks.
The Good: the fu was pretty top notch. Having just watched Iron Monkey though, I have to say it wasn't the best. What was interesting is that most of the fighting was weapon based, which was a nice twist to the usual hands and feet combats in most Wuxia. The plot was an interesting one that kept you guessing. The way that everyone wore a different outfit in each flashback depending on who was telling the events was very well done.
The Bad: The presentation I just didn't like. It was overly artsy. I was a cool concept to have one story told, then another, then the true story, but I think I would have rather just watched what really happened the first time through. There was a fight on water (that supposedly just happened in two of the characters minds, I told ya it was a bit artsy), that was just too over the top. It was so unrealistic that it was just dumb.
The Ugly: this was just a bit too convoluted. You end up watching the same fight 3 times or so with different twists each time. Some of the character interactions become blurred (were the assasins really in love with each other, or was that just part of the 'tale' made up).
Overall: a pretty cool movie. A unique story telling style. Good Fu. Just not the best modern Wuxia I have seen. I liked it, but I like others moreso.