The location shooting really carries these movies through their weaker moments, so the climax at Alcatraz does a lot to elevate this one especially, which is uncomfortably heavy on the racism and misogyny initially but finds enough fun (and enough wrinkles to complicate those nasty impulses) to recover in the second half
"But I've been living as a jianghu just to find you."
. . .
"Am I that important?"
"If not you, then what is?"
In which Jia's character's must rapidly adapt to the economic and political (sur)reality around them. For the first time, the melodrama is as fluid as the history. Less schematic than Mountains May Depart's family-through-the-decades, Ash tests the relationship between Qiao (Zhao Tao) and Bin (Liao Fan) as the former’s personal convictions and commitment to jianghu values…