Based of Woon Swee Oan’s novel series Si Da Ming Bu (or The Four Great Constables). Woon Swee Oan is a Malaysian Chinese poet and writer of wuxia novels. Adapted to film by Gordon Chan, Maria Wong, and Frankie Tam and directed by Gordon Chan (King of Beggars (1992), Painted Skin (2008), Fist of Legend (1994)) and Janet Chun. The Four tells the tale of the Divine Constabulary run by Anthony Wong (Young and Dangerous 2-5, A Man Called Hero (1999), Infernal Affairs (2002), White Vengence (2011), as Zhuge Zhengwo who has assembled a group of heroes who are the four referred to in the title.
Deng Chao (Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2010), Heavenly Sword and Dragon Sabre (2009)), as Lengxue (Cold Blood). His Performance was alright, I think they could have put more depth to this character.
Liu Yifei (White Vengence (2011), Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils (2003)) as Wuqing (Emotionless) – She seems to be in everything these days! She was good playing the character but there really was not much written for the part.
Ronald Cheng (This is my first time seeing him) as Zhuiming (Life Stealer). I really enjoyed this character.
Collin Chou (Kung Fu Cult Master (1993), Ashes of Time (1994), Fearless (2006)) as Tieshou (Iron Hands). Again not enough time spent on this character.
Most reviewers say the movie isn’t that great but it is fun. And it is fun. I enjoyed watching it and I think I will enjoy watching the 2nd and 3rd installments of these films. The entire cast did quite well. I didn’t feel that the acting was poorly, the martial arts were all camera angles and CGI but I don’t think that took anything away from the movie at all. The plot was entertaining and it kept me engaged enough where I didn’t feel the need to look at my smart phone while watching it. In my humble opinion this is a very nice Wuxia film and worth watching.
I’d also like to mention that there is television series produced by TVB in 2008 based off of the same novels. 25 episodes at 45 minutes each.
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