Honour, Betrayal and Ambitions.
Wai Man Yip (The House That Never Dies) brings back the role of He Ying (Donnie Yen, Chasing the Dragon, Rogue One, Ip Man 1-3, Iron Monkey, Chasing the Dragon) as he goes back in time to change the fate of his village.
It is 1591, China in the Ming dynasty and the new emperor is just a teenage boy. He is being protected by his generals and their armies, amongst these generals is He Ying (Donnie Yen) and his three childhood friends Sao (Baoqiang Wang, A Touch of Sin), Niehu (Yasuaki Kurata, Fist of Legend) and Yuanlong (Simon Yam, PTU). They are sent West to explore and see what they can find and they are in luck. They come across a holy man who has access to the ‘sphere’, a relic that has the power to transport the owner of the key, a crystal Linga and the chant to start the process which is only told to Ying.
This treasure is taken back to the Forbidden City for the Emperor to toy with, but the real power in the Forbidden city is the eunuch Wu and Yuanlong is his right hand man and he is very ambitious. So much so that Ying is betrayed and framed for murdering Justice Minister Du’s entire family.
His three childhood friends now turn on him and a (snowboard) chase ensues, starting an avalanche which chases them and buries them for the next four hundred years until they are found and put into stasis tubes. The van they are being transported in crashes and Ying thaws out and is now a newcomer to 21st century Hong Kong.
Here he meets May (Shengyi Huang, The Locked Door) who accustoms him to life in the modern mega city. But he yearns to find the sphere and change the history of his betrayal and the fate of his village. Also stop the three that also survived the four hundred year freeze, who are still out to kill him.
Life becomes death. Death becomes life. In three cycles.
Not one of Yen’s finest works, but it is an interesting concept and one for his fans and one to add to your Martial arts collection.
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