Fear and doubt plague some while power and greed plague others. This is a story of a ghost and his protege. The protege learns everything he thinks he needs from the ghost. When he decides to act on his own, his actions are seen as the ultimate betrayal. He becomes an outcast. His life slowly descends into darkness as he gets lost in opium. What will save him? Only himself. He gets. that opportunity when a pair of siblings are desperate for help. They are on the run from the black guard, the black guard is after them because of the murder of the king. Are they guilty or innocent... Only the movie can tell you that. As the protege and the siblings aid each other, they begin to see things in the others and v help them see it within themselves. Their journey inadvertently leads them back to the ghost who is stuck on what was instead of what will be. His hatred clouds what he can see. That is until the protege has a chance for redemption. When everything finally seems to be falling into place the black guard shows up. Upon their arrival a great battle ensues. Ultimately, the murderer pays the ultimate price and the rightful king moves forward towards a better life and a better kingdom. This unusual story and setting has so much opportunity to be great. That opportunity gets lost in clouds of drug abuse and characters that feel out of place. Cage is definitely not a star figure and almost feels like a distraction. Set in the 12th century, there are multiple flaws of period decorum. The martial arts and swordsmanship feel believable... Unfortunately, it's not enough to bring up the misgivings.