When Ah-Gou, a smalltime Hong Kong street rascal, visits a fortune teller and hears that soon he will face a life-changing choice, he surely can't imagine that his life reached a middle ...
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A corrupt cop named Sam handles negotiations between two Triad leaders who plan to join forces. However, he meets a suspicious bald man named Tony, who keeps following him around and disrupting his personal business.
Ching Wan Lau,
Tony Chiu-Wai Leung,
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When Ah-Gou, a smalltime Hong Kong street rascal, visits a fortune teller and hears that soon he will face a life-changing choice, he surely can't imagine that his life reached a middle point without return. Will he go to Mainland China with his fellow gangsters to close a deal on a couple of stolen cars? Or will he instead chose to accompany his friend on a trip to kill a mafioso in Taiwan? We are presented with the outcomes of both choices, but is any of the choices really a good one won't be easy to tell... This underground action comedy not only draws inspirations from Krzysztof Kieslowski, Guy Ritchie and Quentin Tarantino, but can also be seen as a highly evaluated political commentary on Hongkong's transition to the People's Republic of China in 1997. Avant-garde cinematography, trippy electronic music and a variety of characteristic figures makes it a fun and memorable experience. Written by
The first thing a viewer will notice about this film is the camera-work: some love it, some hate it... me: I found it distracting. There are some nice ideas, like when the crew all sit around the table in the first act and the camera revolves from the centre, but for the most part, it stinks of an amateur director playing around with a hand-held.
Should one outlast the "annoyance" of the "cinematography", the film is actually quite enjoyable - it features some truly humorous moments and some really good ideas... just a shame really then, that it all needed a bit more time during the script development stage, because, cameras aside, that's what really let's this film down: the underwhelming build-up and/or pay-off to all the characters, gags/events and plot.
Verdict: not horrible, but it definitely could have been a lot better.
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