A former judo champion quits the tournament cirucit and runs a nightclub. However, when a new challenger appears as well as an old rival and a judo master in need of reviving his school, the young man must go back in training and prepare for the ultimate challenge.
User Reviews: Director/writer Johnnie To throws down lots of HK movie clichés: The Heist, The Young Challenger, The Fighting, The Master, The Rival, The Gangsters, The Gambling. But all of it’s entertaining nonsense used to set up his usual innovative scenes and a little drama.
Give Director To credit for parodying these clichés to a fault.
This movie is challenging. This is not easy to digest chop sockey flash bang action.
So what is this movie about? A lot: Rediscovering relations from happier times, rediscovering oneself, and a director having fun and dropping references to Kurosawa’s "Sugata Sanshiro" (1943).