4 out of 5 stars

This genre-mashup takes place in 19th century China, where various clans are fighting each other and among themselves to get their hands on a large shipment of gold from the governor. Revenge is thrown into the mix when the leader of the Lion Clan is murdered.

Jack Knife: I always bring a gun to a knife fight.

Lucy Liu was the main draw of the movie – she absolutely kicks ass in anything and she does not disappoint in here. When you watch a martial arts film like this, there’s bound to be lots of Asian faces and you get to see them work their kungfu! I was also impressed with Byron Mann (Arrow) and Rick Yune. I also spotted Osric Chau (Supernatural) as the blacksmith’s assistant – pity he didn’t have any lines! The brothel, Pink Blossom, also serves to be more than a location of Oriental beauties with Madam Blossom (Lucy Liu) in charge.

After watching this, I realized that rap goes really well with martial arts. Now, that’s an odd combination. With Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead) serving as the key special effects makeup supervisor, you can be guaranteed lots of awesome body parts and juices spewing in their glory.

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