Directed by Gao Xiaosong with action choreographed by Sammo Hung, based on an original script by acclaimed writer Zou Jingzhi (Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles), the film stars Wu Chun, former Super Junior-M band leader Han Geng and Barbie Hsu in leading roles in a film that tells a tightly-woven tale of two brothers’ quest for fame, love and revenge, back-dropped by the Shanghai opera stage during its 1920’s heyday. The story blends martial arts onstage and offstage with a suspense-filled love story defying the genre of martial arts epics today.
The synopsis goes:
In the closing days of the 19th century, an imperial order decrees the mass execution of the entire Meng clan. At the execution, the power and purity of a young child's voice soars above the crowd, touching the hearts of his audience. Opera star Yu and his seven-year-old orphaned pupil, Guan, watch and listen. Moved by his desolation, Yu rescues the five-year-old child, Meng, and the two orphans become brothers. Yu wins the coveted golden "Da Wu Sheng" ("The Mightiest Warrior") plaque from the Prince Regent but loses it in battle with his arch rival Yue Jiang Tian and is banished from the stage. He spends his time training Guan and Meng in Peking Opera and martial arts, perfecting their skills until one day the only thing that stands between them and the coveted plaque is each other. Guan's heart is set on winning the title from the man who defeated his master, whilst Meng's heart is set on capturing the affections of Yue's lover, Xi. What follows is a sweeping story of love, lust for power, betrayal, vengeance and finally tragedy ...
and here's a sneak peek from the trailer: