Judge Archer resolves disputes between the various martial arts schools, but cannot settle his own family issues and romantic affairs. When he is entrapped in a failed assassination plot, his ethics are put to the test.
This is a martial arts film set in the early days of the Republic of China. It explores the traditions and customs of various martial arts schools and the philosophy behind the art of archery. It is a story about "telling right from wrong". The protagonist acts as an arbitrator amongst the rival martial arts schools. Every day, he judges who is right and who is wrong; however, he himself is confronted with the most crucial question - should he himself be subjected to social conventions? This is a story that praises personal integrity.
Judge Archer is the latest film by Xu Haofeng, one of the most promising young directors in China. As in his debut film, The Sword Identity, Xu takes a realist approach to the martial arts genre. Xu himself has practiced martial arts for years and clearly understands the difference between real fighting techniques and the artistic choreography presented on the screen. As a result, he does not indulge his audiences with fast pace and physical sensation. Instead, Xu shows the viewers the true nature of each fighting style. The moves demonstrated in the film are realistic yet original and incredibly powerful.
Song Yang, Yu Chenghui, Li Chengyuan, Yenny Martin and Zhao Zheng star.