I guess I was expecting something a bit more scathing. It almost sounds as if this could be an ok watch.
First you have to remember my tolerance for bad. Second the film is pretty much in the mediocre, it is not horrible it is not good. The problem with being medicore is that there are many, many better films to watch (of course you don't necessarily know this until you watch them ). Being a To fan I knew I had to take care of this one. It is by far NOT his worst film (Lucky Encounter and I don't like Executioners either).
In a way it reminds you of the many Taiwanese martial art films out there well without the horrible outfits. Their actually isn't much martial arts in the movie. It plays more of a mystery than anything else (though that is typical of many wuxia film). I wasn't that happy with the plot, but not the worst I've seen either (not sure if everything actually made sense, but I think most of it did). This is the type of film you forget in a few days time.