"Sweet for an action movie which features a kung fu killer whale."
Moon Warriors is much better than the movie it played with (Savior of the Soul) as part of an Anita Mui tribute.Sammo Hung directs here, though he does not appear. Andy Lau plays Fei, a simple fisherman with exceptional kung fu who comes to the aid of Yen (Kenny Bee), a prince on the run from his warlord brother. Yen is protected by Hsien (Maggie Cheung), who loves him despite his betrothal to Yeuh (Mui), a princess who will fall in love with Fei as they return to his village, where Yen is hiding out. Stated in one sentance, it seems like a complicated plot, but it's rather straightforward, and rather sweet for a kung fu action movie, even working in Fei's friendship with a killer whale (this came out soon after Free Willy; Sammo will swipe from anything that's not nailed down). Indeed, those scenes with the killer whale are quite nicely filmed, and they set up a bit in the end that provides great amusement in the middle of a particularly brutal fight scene.
The action is just as over-the-top here, but choreographed well. There are scenes with big armies fighting it out, one-on-one duels, and bigger fights. The fishing village is a neat environment; unlike a lot of movies (especially Hong Kong's quickly-made action movies) set in rural China, it looks like some work actually went into this. The comic relief doesn't get completely out-of-hand either.It's quite an enjoyable action movie, despite the grimness of its final act.