Playing the hero first portrayed by Bruce Lee in Fist of Fury, Donnie Yen reprises his role as legendary fighter Chen Zhen in this breakneck kung fu thriller set in Shanghai during its occupation by the Japanese in World War II.
Undercover cop Kit (Wu Jing) becomes a junkie in order to catch Mr. Hung (Louis Koo), the mastermind behind a crime syndicate. When the operation goes sour and Kit blows his cover, his supervisor and uncle Wah (Simon Yam) decides to terminate the operation.
After ambushing and killing his rival -- losing everything in the process -- dispirited warlord Hou Jie turns to a Shaolin monastery seeking salvation. But his newfound redemption is soon put to the test in this kinetic kung fu saga.