Hidden Blade Doesn’t Impress

Have you ever read a book by an author incapable of writing a bad sentence, and yet, for some reason or another, the book as a whole never maintained your interest as much as its well-constructed sentence-level parts? It’s a very unique reading experience. The third-film in the Chinese “Victory Trilogy,” Hidden Blade, translates the experience to the visual plane: it’s a gorgeous spy-noir, with hardly a boring composition in it—and yet, I’m not sure I’d jump to recommend it and its empty calories to many. 

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