Ever wonder that for one success story like Jet Li, how many potential martial art stars in China end up leading not-so-glamorous lives.
One way of looking at this movie is as a semi-documentary. Wushu, or martial arts, is more an art than anything else.
Another angle is a coming-of-age story of five buddies (4 guys and a girl) whom we see initially as kids and then ten years later as young men and women competing to represent their school in the provincial competition, in various events. The plot line is familiar, what you would have seen in movie about different fields of endeavour – music, dance, sports. There is also family sentiment as two of the five are Lee's own sons, and light romance in two generations – adolescents inevitably, as well as what remains of a triangle after Lee's wife had died. But everything is refreshingly down-to-earth.