The film by Andrew Lau will screen in Venice on Sept. 1.
Synopsis: While China is traumatised by military cliques during the Warlord Era in the 1920s, Shanghai is the cynosure of all eyes. People see it as both Hell’s Kitchen and Heaven’s Gate. One of the city’s most memorable heroes has to be Chen Zhen, who single-handedly avenges his mentor’s death by killing all the Japanese at a dojo in Hong Kong, only to be showered with bullets while making his legendary flying kick. Having vanished from the public eye ever since, he is presumed dead though his body has never been found. Seven years later, a wealthy entrepreneur called Koo returns from abroad and makes a grand entrance on the Shanghai social scene by befriending the notorious mafia boss of the city. This mysterious man is none other than Chen Zhen in disguise, dwelling in a nefarious world in order to infiltrate the criminal empire. He soon discovers a clandestine collusion between the mafia and the Japanese. Disguised as a caped crusader at night, Chen sets out to dismantle the evil collusion that plagues the country by using his martial arts skills. One of his foremost missions is to ferret out the assassination list prepared by the Japanese. (Venice Film Festival)