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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian28 Apr 2017 10:16 p.m. PST

This DVD was in the discount bin at Big Lots – $5 USD – and a family member picked it up. Came out in 2012. Already has 2 sequels, it appears!

The movie starts out with a confusing scene involving too many characters, too many factions, but keep watching and it will begin to make sense.

This is a Chinese superhero-meets-kung-fu movie set in pre-gunpowder China. In the capital city, someone is flooding the city with counterfeit currency, and two rival constabularies (police forces) are trying to solve the problem.

Department Six, led by the Sheriff King, is the conventional police force. They have troops with shields that make clanging noises when moved. There are also constables who are masters of kung fu.

The Divine Constabulary is a secret police force authorized directly by the king. It consists of one older man and four younger people, all of whom are kung fu masters.

In this movie, a kung fu master who has qi power can do supernatural things, such as fly into the air or hurl darts mentally.

The person behind the counterfeiting is a merchant who may also be some kind of devil; as it says on the back of the DVD, his ultimate goal is to create an army of undead so he can seize power.

One more twist is a female assassin who is the newest Department Six constable. She also seems to be working for the bad guy, but if so, why is she delaying her assignment to kill the Sheriff King?

The Divine Constabulary also has some QiPunk (?) devices, basically gears and cogs powered by qi power.

This movie was a lot of fun to watch, and the plot is just an excuse for a series of fast-paced battles, a love triangle, and a lot of wondering about who are the real bad guys. The actors are great fun to watch. Lots of wire work, spidercam (cam on wire).

On the downside, nearly everyone in this movie has the same basic superhero power (kung fu master), so you would think this would make the movie boring. But it didn't bother me.

Bad language? Not in the English subtitles. Sex? Just a creepy zombie kiss, and some police women who like to 'hob tub' after work (a little toplessness).

I recommend this one as a fun movie, don't take it too seriously.

1ngram29 Apr 2017 6:13 a.m. PST

£29.00 GBP minimum on

Piquet Rules29 Apr 2017 8:43 a.m. PST

Are the two sequels titled "The Five" and "The Six"?

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian29 Apr 2017 9:18 a.m. PST

IMDB for 1st movie:

The 2nd movie, according to IMDB, is Lawless Kingdom and came out in 2013.

The 3rd movie (2014) is called The Four III:

goragrad29 Apr 2017 12:57 p.m. PST

Compared to the recent historical dramas this reads more like one of the old style of martial arts movies.

A bit of nostalgia perhaps?

Not a bad thing – I'll keep an eye out for it.

CeruLucifus30 Apr 2017 10:12 a.m. PST

Thanks for the review.

This is a Chinese superhero-meets-kung-fu movie … a kung fu master who has qi power can do supernatural things, such as fly into the air or hurl darts mentally.
Isn't the term for this genre "wuxia"?

Lion in the Stars01 May 2017 6:06 a.m. PST

Sadly, the first movie is much better than the sequels.

But they'd make a fun marathon to watch on a stay-in-the-house day.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP01 May 2017 7:33 a.m. PST

@Editor: "in pre-gunpowder China."

I didn't know there was such a thing. I thought they had already invented and used it before the First Emperor days, with rockets, grenades and projectile launchers.


Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian02 May 2017 7:16 a.m. PST

I didn't know there was such a thing.

I guess I mean "pre-guns" grin

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