Would anyone say that the heist part was inspired by Rashomon?
I read this else where . The very first time a filmmaker mixed Chinese martial arts into a movie, into a production designed as a story told on film and not just a record of a staged opera, was about 88 years ago. Part 1 of this series mentioned Ren Pengnian, an early wuxia filmmaker who started out as a bookbinder at the Commercial Press, a thriving publishing house in Shanghai. The Press opened a film production division around 1917-18, making it one of the earliest studios in China.