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corey_NP
yuen_???
's_BEZ
latest_JJS
film_NN
,_,
"_"
hero_NN
"_"
is_BEZ
notable_JJ
on_IN
two_CD
fronts_NNS
._.
first_OD
this_DT
is_BEZ
the_DT
film_NN
to_IN
bring_VB
back_RP
the_DT
shaw_NP
brothers_NNS
studio_NN
back_NN
to_IN
the_DT
forefront_NN
of_IN
film_NN
production_NN
._.
secondly_RB
,_,
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
re-discovery_NN
of_IN
yuen_???
biao_???
._.
the_DT
film_NN
opens_VBZ
around_IN
the_DT
end_NN
of_IN
the_DT
qin_???
dynasty_NN
,_,
when_CS
many_DT
immigrants_NNS
were_BED
making_VBG
their_PP$
way_NN
to_IN
shanghai_NP
._.
poverty_NN
and_CC
crime_NN
rule_NN
most_DT
of_IN
china_NP
._.
a_DT
young_JJ
man_NN
,_,
ma_NN
wing_NN
jing_???
and_CC
his_PP$
brother_NN
enter_VB
the_DT
fabled_JJ
city_NN
and_CC
become_VB
laborers_NNS
at_IN
the_DT
pier_NN
._.
tam_NP
see_VB
is_BEZ
the_DT
most_DT
powerful_JJ
gangster_NN
in_IN
town_NN
,_,
having_HVG
control_NN
of_IN
the_DT
center_NN
of_IN
the_DT
city_NN
and_CC
having_HVG
an_DT
alliance_NN
with_IN
the_DT
british_JJ
army_NN
._.
wing_NN
jing_???
and_CC
see_VB
become_VB
friends_NNS
during_IN
a_DT
confrontation_NN
._.
their_PP$
friendship_NN
grows_VBZ
as_IN
both_PDT
men_NNS
start_VB
to_IN
realize_VB
their_PP$
dreams_NNS
,_,
wing_NN
jing_???
's_MD
to_TO
be_BE
a_DT
powerful_JJ
and_CC
wealthy_JJ
man_NN
,_,
and_CC
see_VB
to_IN
settle_NP
down_IN
with_IN
a_DT
woman_NN
he_PP
can_MD
truly_RB
love_VB
._.
wing_NN
jing_???
meets_VBZ
the_DT
singer_NN
at_IN
the_DT
club_NN
(_(
jessica_NP
hester_NN
)_)
and_CC
falls_VBZ
in_IN
love_NN
with_IN
her_PP$
,_,
not_XNOT
realizing_VBG
that_DT
she_PP
is_BEZ
the_DT
star_NN
attraction_NN
._.
after_IN
stealing_VBG
her_PP$
picture_NN
from_IN
a_DT
display_NN
,_,
wing_NN
jing_???
and_CC
his_PP$
brother_NN
plot_NN
to_IN
impress_VB
her_PP$
._.
first_OD
they_PP
rob_VB
two_CD
foreigner_NN
's_POS
of_IN
their_PP$
money_NN
and_CC
cloths_NNS
,_,
and_CC
set_NN
up_RP
a_DT
midnight_NN
rendezvous_NN
._.
unfortunately_RB
,_,
wing_NN
jing_???
has_HVZ
run_NN
afoul_???
of_IN
a_NN
rival_NN
gangster_NN
,_,
yeung_JJ
seung_JJ
who_NP
has_HVZ
bribed_VBN
the_DT
police_NNS
in_IN
an_DT
effort_NN
to_IN
gain_NN
control_NN
of_IN
see_VB
's_BEZ
night_NN
club_NN
._.
the_DT
two_CD
bothers_VBZ
are_BER
arrested_VBN
and_CC
held_VBN
until_IN
they_PP
manage_VB
to_TO
escape_VB
just_RB
before_IN
dawn_NN
._.
jessica_NP
,_,
having_HVG
waited_VBN
outside_IN
in_IN
the_DT
cold_JJ
with_IN
her_PP$
manager_NN
all_PDT
night_NN
,_,
gives_VBZ
up_RP
and_CC
returns_NNS
home_NN
._.
see_VB
decides_VBZ
to_IN
retire_VB
,_,
he_PP
gives_VBZ
the_DT
night_NN
club_NN
to_IN
wing_NN
jing_???
,_,
as_CS
repayment_NN
for_IN
saving_NN
his_PP$
life_NN
during_IN
an_DT
attempted_JJ
murder_NN
._.
see_VB
arranges_NNS
the_DT
trade_NN
and_CC
ask_VB
his_PP$
lover_NN
(_(
valerie_NP
chow_NP
)_)
to_IN
take_VB
care_NN
of_IN
wing_NN
jing_???
._.
unfortunately_RB
,_,
she_PP
has_HVZ
sided_VBN
with_IN
yeung_JJ
seung_JJ
._.
the_DT
performances_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
are_BER
all_PDT
top_JJ
notch_NN
,_,
with_IN
fine_JJ
turns_NNS
by_IN
takeshi_NP
kaneshiro_NP
as_IN
ma_NN
wing_NN
jing_???
and_CC
jessica_NP
hester_NN
and_CC
valerie_NP
chow_NP
._.
the_DT
comic_NN
turn_NN
by_IN
yuen_???
wah_???
,_,
previously_RB
known_VBN
as_IN
the_DT
mad_JJ
vietnamese_JJ
in_IN
samo_???
hung_JJ
's_NNS
"_"
eastern_JJ
condors_NNS
"_"
,_,
is_BEZ
a_DT
marvelous_JJ
surprise_NN
._.
his_PP$
gift_NN
for_IN
comedy_NN
is_BEZ
marvelously_RB
understated_VBN
and_CC
hilarious_JJ
._.
the_DT
stand-out_NN
is_BEZ
by_IN
yuen_???
biao_???
who_NP
returns_NNS
to_IN
the_DT
screen_NN
after_IN
a_DT
string_NN
of_IN
disappointments_NNS
,_,
with_IN
a_DT
stellar_JJ
performance_NN
._.
his_PP$
tam_NP
see_VB
is_BEZ
a_DT
triad_NN
boss_NN
who_WP
knows_VBZ
that_DT
his_PP$
time_NN
is_BEZ
coming_VBG
to_TO
an_DT
end_NN
but_CC
still_RB
has_HVZ
the_DT
cunning_JJ
and_CC
craft_NN
to_IN
uphold_VB
his_PP$
pride_NN
._.
his_PP$
gangster_NN
is_BEZ
almost_RB
non-violent_JJ
,_,
in_IN
that_DT
he_PP
only_RB
retaliates_VBZ
,_,
never_RB
instigates_NNS
violence_NN
._.
but_CC
when_CS
the_DT
time_NN
comes_VBZ
to_IN
fight_NN
,_,
yuen_???
biao_???
has_HVZ
never_RB
looked_VBN
better_RBR
._.
corey_NP
yuen_???
directs_VBZ
the_DT
film_NN
with_IN
a_DT
maturity_NN
and_CC
a_DT
sense_NN
of_IN
pacing_VBG
that_DT
has_HVZ
been_BEN
lacking_VBG
in_IN
hong_NP
kong_NP
movies_NNS
as_IN
of_IN
late_JJ
._.
the_DT
lighting_NN
,_,
cinematography_NN
and_CC
staging_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
are_BER
beautiful_JJ
to_TO
watch_VB
._.
the_DT
action_NN
scenes_NNS
do_DO
not_XNOT
disappoint_VB
either_RB
._.
this_DT
is_BEZ
the_DT
most_DT
aggressive_JJ
and_CC
inventive_JJ
martial_JJ
art_NN
choreography_NN
i've_???
seen_VBN
in_IN
some_DT
time_NN
,_,
actually_RB
surpassing_VBG
jackie_NP
chan_NP
's_POS
work_NN
in_IN
both_PDT
'rumble_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
bronx_???
'_"
and_CC
'first_NN
strike_NN
'_"
._.
the_DT
special_JJ
effects_NNS
team_NN
deserves_VBZ
praise_NN
for_IN
a_DT
fantastic_JJ
job_NN
of_IN
making_VBG
the_DT
impossible_JJ
look_NN
possible_JJ
._.
an_DT
early_JJ
fight_NN
between_IN
takeshi_NP
kaneshiro_NP
and_CC
yuen_???
biao_???
on_IN
the_DT
back_NN
of_IN
a_DT
horse_NN
is_BEZ
to_TO
be_BE
seen_VBN
to_IN
be_BE
believed_VBD
._.
also_RB
noteworthy_JJ
is_BEZ
the_DT
score_NN
for_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
done_DON
in_IN
a_DT
marvelously_RB
lush_JJ
orchestral_JJ
style_NN
,_,
not_XNOT
representative_NN
of_IN
most_DT
hong_NP
kong_NP
fare_NN
._.
i_PP
would_MD
dare_VB
to_IN
say_NN
it_PP
ranks_NNS
as_IN
high_JJ
as_CS
the_DT
scores_NNS
for_IN
both_PDT
"_"
titanic_NP
"_"
and_CC
"_"
rosewood_NN
"_"
as_IN
best_JJS
of_IN
the_DT
year_NN
._.
all_PDT
in_IN
all_PDT
,_,
"_"
hero_NN
"_"
marks_NNS
a_NN
grand_JJ
return_NN
to_IN
filmmaking_VBG
for_IN
shaw_NP
brothers_NNS
._.
this_DT
is_BEZ
the_DT
film_NN
that_CS
gives_VBZ
us_PP
faith_NN
that_CS
hong_NP
kong_NP
cinema_NN
is_BEZ
alive_JJ
and_CC
flourishing_JJ
._.