A terrific kung fu flying tale that has spectacular
fights and great spectacle, but also takes the time to develop the characters
and allow the viewer to care about them.
The evil Prince Six is trying to overthrow
the current regime and his main weapon of assassination is the Fire Dragon,
Brigitte Lin. She has the power to create and throw fire at will – along
with the usual assortment of other deadly kung fu skills.
A letter evidencing Prince Six's betrayal has
come into the hands of Ming and he tries to bring it to the attention of
the authorities. Brigitte is given the mission to get it back. In escaping
from Fire Dragon, Ming has the letter stolen by Sandra Ng ,
the proprietor of a troupe of entertainers. Sandra has "borrowed" it because
she has developed a crush on Ming and does not want him to go. All of Fire
Dragon's attempts to find the letter fail so she takes on the identity
of an ordinary woman and stays with Ming and the troupe. Once living with
these people though she begins to like them and takes on feelings of humanity.
One evening her sister, Snow, who is also a killer
for Prince Six comes and murders a few of the innocent troupe and this
troubles Fire Dragon a great deal
. Finally she gets an order from Prince Six to kill the Prime Minister
if she wishes to be free from any obligation to him. Will she follow her
Master's orders or follow her conscience?
Some wonderful flying, sword fighting, special
effects, weapons and characters in this film that has more explosions than
a Hollywood summer film. Brigitte Lin is stunning in both Fire Dragon and
ordinary woman mode.