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When his wife, also working for the the police, but in a different department, is being brutally murdered, a police officer begins to investigate the case on his own. Soon he has the hitwoman, who did it arrested, but must find out that things are not as easy as he thought. He has knocked at the wrong door and it turns out that the woman he has hold of may be his only ally. Written by
Alfred Cheung's ON THE RUN (1988) stars Yuen Biao as a cop who gets to know his boss and other colleagues are not as clean as they should be. His wife gets assassinated and he meets a mysterious hit woman (Pat Ha). It comes clear that they are tracked by some very corrupt criminals/cops and they are on their own to survive. No children or women are safe either in the gritty and infernal urban jungle the film takes place in..
This film is very impressive piece of Hong Kong crime/triad thrillers which hate the usual "humor" found in HK films as much as I do. The film is all the time serious and at the end, very pessimistic and nihilistic, too. The seemingly "good" character changes, again, and after all, he isn't any less violent and "bad" than those who originally hunted him and Pat. I'm not quite sure what the film maker's meant with the ending but I think it is there to depict the decay of the movie character's world and how it forced the worst and ugliest sides in Biao's character to see the light and become active.
Still this film is very impressive even if we leave these "deeper" sides of the script away thinking they don't necessarily mean as much as we wanted to. The photography and settings are dark and atmospheric and enhanced even further by the strong and menacing soundtrack and use of music. The streets, alleys and hallways are captured menacingly and claustrophobically on camera, and this film is an example of what makes other masterpieces of HK crime genre so great.
The action is plentiful and leaves no changes to breathe for the characters. This film is as bleak in its violence as it is in its visual style and look of the film. I give ON THE RUN 8/10 rating and I'm pretty sure this requires more viewing times in order to fully appreciate it and its all aspects. This is highly recommended for those who love their HK films honest and realistic without any unnecessary and irritatingly awful humor often found in HK films, action films included.
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