Martial arts films and campy movies have a special place in my heart. When I heard that RZA created a martial arts film, I thought it would be a perfect combination of the two. Alas, it was not. Set in feudal China where clans such as the Lions, Hyenas and Jackals are at war with each other over god knows what. One clan lead by Gold Lion vows to the emperor to protect his gold as it travels across the country. Gold Lion faces betrayal from within his clan and his oath to the emperor is in danger. A mysterious blacksmith (RZA) who makes weapons for the various clans rounds out the cast.
The fights were poorly staged and were more gory that graceful. Instead of campy over the top acting, the actors were stiff and boring. The lone stand out was Russell Crowe (Jack Knife), he seemed to be enjoying himself as a randy British Officer.
If you are in the mood for a martial art film featuring a mysterious stranger and treachery, watch the exciting “House of the Flying Daggers.”