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Yin Nam (writer)
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Release Date:
6 January 1990 (Hong Kong) See more »
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A pleasent trip to the Phillipines is turned into tragedy when the tour bus is kidnapped by a group... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Welcome to Philippines! See more (6 total) »

Cast

 

Directed by
Eric Tsang 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Yin Nam  writer

Produced by
Eric Tsang .... producer
 
Original Music by
Man Yee Lam 
 
Cinematography by
Jingle Ma 
 
Film Editing by
Sun-Kit Chu 
Ma Kam 
Chai Sek 
 
Art Direction by
Yin Fang  (as Ying Fang)
 
Production Management
Patricia Cheng .... production manager
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kwok Hung Chan .... dolly man
 
Other crew
Wing-Kwong Chan .... planner
Anthony Chow .... presenter
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Fatal Vacation" - Hong Kong (English title)
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Runtime:
Hong Kong:92 min (video) | Hong Kong:96 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Welcome to Philippines!, 14 July 2002
Author: Bogey Man from Finland

Eric Tsang directed and starred in this vacationer's worst nightmare of a movie, Fatal Vacation. This Hong Kong film tells the story of group of Chinese people that are on vacation in the Philippines and their tour guide is funny and optimistic Bob, played by director Tsang. Soon the group is kidnapped and taken hostage by some local revolutionaries who have their member in prison. They will free the tourists if their member is freed by the Philippines government. After many killings and rapes by the kidnappers, our group gets a chance to fight back and so they do.

This is a routine Hong Kong heroic bloodshed action with plenty of humor elements, but not too much, fortunately. As an action film, this is only mediocre and offers nothing special when compared to the real masterpieces made in Hong Kong. Photography is nothing special this time, but at least the action scenes are fairly interesting and explosive. There is one harrowing scene that reminds me of similar scene in John Woo's Bullet in the Head and its savage war camp segment, that is still far more disturbing than the scene in Fatal Vacation. The scene in Fatal Vacation ends in one of the more memorable "heroic death" scenes in Hong Kong cinema, and that is a must see for fans of the genre. Otherwise, as mentioned, this is pretty mediocre Eastern actioner, pretty violent but never as powerful and masterful as the real classics made in Hong Kong. Still, this is worth checking out for fans of Hong Kong cinema.

There are many scenes that depict the fears of future and what will happen to Hong Kong in 1997. That was a topic in many Hong Kong films made before 1997 so Fatal Vacation is among many others to criticize and depict these fears. The humor is sometimes too stupid as Eric Tsang tries to be funny (he succeeds also) but still this is not any slapstick Stephen Chow film, fortunately.

I give Fatal Vacation 6/10 and recommend it for fans of the genre only. If one has seen masterpieces of Ringo Lam, John Woo and Mak brothers among others, then this feels pretty tame, but still watchable film.

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