A big-budget follow-up to the 1998 Hong Kong smash hit 'The Storm Riders'; again from Golden Harvest Films. The movie attains fleeting echoes of Sergio Leone's 'Once Upon a Time in America'; the plot is overflowing with characters and subplots; but is far easier to follow than 'Storm Riders;' thanks to much more fluid lensing by returning director Andrew Lau. It contains a remarkably fine score by Chan Kwong-wing; which knits together the story's sprawling emotional fabric. Scripter Manfred Wong's extensive flashback structure; with three characters giving different perspectives on the hero's odyssey; works surprisingly well. Starring Dior Cheng Yee-Kin (Ekin Cheng), Shu Qi (Hsu Chi, Shu Kei), Kristy Yang, Nicholas Tse, Yuen Biao, Jerry Lamb, Dion Lam, Anthony Wong, Elvis Tsui, Harold Low, Grace Yip, Francis Ng, Mark Cheng, Cheng Pei-pei, Sam Lee, Thomas James Hudak. 105 min. English. English subtitled.