Set before China's unification by the Qin dynasty, Jackie Chan's titular trooper captures an enemy general in battle and sets off to transport him back to his homeland.
This cross-country Eastern adventure, a long-in-the-pipeline passion project for Jackie Chan, sees the star on his best form for years. Set in 225 BC, a majorly tumultuous time in China, there are spectacular locations, CGI-free acrobatics, witty twists and an angry bear. But there’s also a surprisingly sombre undercurrent, with an anti-war message and hauntingly downbeat ending. It lacks the fizzy energy of Chan’s early chopsockbusters, but long-time fans will delight to see him in a proper film once more.
A whole different kettle of fish from his Hollywood efforts, Chan's Eastern opus is a terrific ride.