Standard, rather old-fashioned, martial arts mystery generates no real drama.
Unfocused, slackly directed fantasy with just a few good individual performances to its merit.
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By Stephen Cremin
Tue, 12 April 2011, 10:05 AM (HKT)
Chan told Chinese media that his interpretation of the story will bring a fresh spin to the tale of four assassins skilled in martial arts that are hired by the Emperor to solve various mysteries.
Woon Swee Oan, born in Malaysia in 1954, wrote his first novel about the four detectives when he was 19-years-old. The work has been adapted several times into popular television drama series in the region.