It's very rare for me to not enjoy HK action films. They all seem to be directed by Benny Chan or Johnny To. The story is fairly simple. It doesn't take itself too seriously. Jaycee Chan impressed me very much. I can see him having a long career like his father, Jackie. Nicholas Tse is the man, plain & simple. He kicked ass in Moving Targets, Gen X Cops and Metade Fumaca. Sure, it has it's cheesy moments but it's 100 times better than Kung Fu Dunk (I still can't believe I bought that garbage. Jay Chou, WTF?) Check this film out.
(MINOR SPOILER in this review) The King is very haunting, yet hard to turn your head away from it. There are several twists and they are extremely effective. It speaks on many levels (I can't go deep into explaning without revealing major plot elements). I can say that if you're a person of Faith, it WILL reach out to you and strike a few chords. The performances by Gael Garcia Bernal and Pell James were extraordinary. Especially from Pell James. There have been very few films where I felt the raw emotional pain of a character. Without a doubt, my favorite (using this word lightly)scene is when David (William Hurt)confesses to the church and calls Elvis (Garcia Bernal) up on stage, the pain on Malerie's (The amazing Pell James) face contrasted with Elvis' lack of concern and elation at getting recognition speaks volumes about what is driving all this. All the while, self-absorbed David is "getting right with the Lord." Tragedy and hypocrisy at its best (er, worst). I can't remember seeing SO MUCH PAIN & betrayal coming from one person's face. If you can't shed at least ONE tear for Malerie during that pivotal scene, you are not human. This is why I prefer indie films over major studio releases. The genre dares to hit on issues that make the viewer feel real pain, happiness, anger and so on.