The good stuff
One of Hong Kong's 90s martial arts highlights, though it's actually quite light on action. There's a lot of fun to be had with this one, especially once everyone has arrived at the inn. A typical product of Hong Kong's relentless cinema machine, delivering a fine mix of comedy and action.
Swordsman II is a very typical film and definitely won't win any fans to the genre. It's pretty chaotic, all style and no substance and not the least bit interested in telling a coherent story.
Few will agree, but I always favored the third film in the Chinese Ghost Story trilogy. It's the least serious and structured of the three films, but it's exactly this purer dedication to wacky entertainment that makes it stand out. The story is paper thin, instead you get prime fantasy martial arts, lots of silliness, a superb setting, lovely costumes, hyper dynamic camera work, breakneck pacing and lots of comedy and action. It's probably not as fun if you want a polished plot, I couldn't care less to be honest. 200% genre fun.
Fun little martial arts/fantasy film that gets bogged down by overabundant, mediocre CG. If you need CG to wok some vegetables, you're clearly doing something wrong. The rest of it is pretty fun though. Some nice battles, impressive vistas and an economic running time. Not a genre stand-out, but pretty decent filler nonetheless.
Worthy but flawed
Rather horrendous TV movie. Even though there's enough talent on board, the film looks as if it was shot on a 5 dollar budget. While extremely dynamic and eventful, the martial arts and visual effects don't look the part, making it a very cheap and dull experience. Only for true fans of the genre, others shouldn't bother.