Notable mainly for its overuse of slow motion, its unbearably bad dubbing, and Li's fascination-du-jour with putting people into arm locks, there's absolutely nothing here to make the movie worth watching. Li, early in his career, spends most of the running time gawking at the scenery while he struggles to remember his lines. Cheaply produced and shot with a minimum of effort, this is one archival 'fu film that should have remained on ice.
Aka Long xing tian xia.
Run time: 144 mins
In Theaters: Friday 21st September 2012
Box Office USA: $16.2M
Box Office Worldwide: $28.3M
Distributed by: The Weinstein Company
Production compaines: Annapurna Pictures, The Weinstein Company, Ghoulardi Film Company
Contactmusic.com: 1.5 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
Fresh: 191 Rotten: 33
IMDB: 7.1 / 10
Director: Hark Tsui
Producer: Hark Tsui
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix as Freddie Quell, Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lancaster Dodd, Amy Adams as Mary Sue Dodd, Laura Dern as Helen, Jesse Plemons as Val Dodd, Ambyr Childers as Elizabeth Dodd, Rami Malek as Clark, Madisen Beaty as Doris Solstad, Kevin J. O'Connor as Bill White, Patty McCormack as Mildred Drummond, Lena Endre as Mrs. Solstad, Barbara Brownell as Margaret O'Brien, Amy Ferguson as Martha the Salesgirl, Jennifer Neala Page as Winn Manchester, Christopher Evan Welch as John More, Mike Howard as Rorschach Doctor, Bruce Goodchild as V.A. Doctor / Interview, Frank Bettag as Frank, Mimi Cozzens as Chi Chi Crawford