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Very low-budget, but some fantastic fights!
Mary Kae from United States
19 November 2006
Two main reasons to see "Close Escape": Dick Wei and Yukari Oshima. If
you're a fan of either one, this is a must-see.
Dick Wei, cast in his usual bad guy role, actually brings a
considerable amount of charm to his ruthless businessman character;
there are a few brief glimpses of the nice guy Wei reportedly was
offscreen. Of course, it wouldn't be a Dick Wei performance without
some astonishingly great kicks. The makers of "Close Escape" clearly
realized this too, and they give Wei ample opportunity to be the badass
we all know and love.
Yukari Oshima, meanwhile, very nearly matches Wei kick for kick; I dare
say their brutal showdown at the end betters Cynthia Rothrock's fight
with Wei in "Yes, Madam!"(Sorry Cynthia!) There's a brief sparring
match set in a harbor, between Wei and Oshima, that is simply beautiful
to watch. On the acting front, she brings a good amount of charm and
even some depth to her role as the film's femme fatale. Watching this
film, it is easy to understand why Oshima inspires the fanatical
devotion she does.
As for the rest of the film, it is primarily a silly revenge plot
involving some stolen diamonds. "Close Escape" won't win any awards for
screenplay, but the plot is fairly basic and easy to follow, and
serviceably gets us from Fight A to Fight B. Max Mok and Philip Kwok,
portraying the two main characters, are better actors than you might
expect from such low-budget fare. They too get their share of cool
moves during the film's final anarchic showdown.
Having said all this, "Close Escape" was quite visibly made on the
cheap; it lacks the polish of a good Corey Yuen or Sammo Hung film.
Nevertheless the talent of its performers, both as fighters and actors,
does make the film quite enjoyable. Additionally, although "Close
Escape" is cheap, I am happy to report that it avoids the sleaze and
exploitation that so often accompany low-budget films.
Bottom line: If you're not into fight scenes, skip this one. But if
you're like me and you love a good kickfest - particularly involving
Wei or Oshima - "Close Escape" is a forgotten gem.
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