Stephan Yip's "Mad Stylist" has a decent trailer that promises lashings of sex, violence and sleaze in the "Dr. Lamb"/"Untold Story" vein, but I urge you not to be fooled by it. The film is one of the most inept Hong Kong productions ever and is entertaining for about fifteen minutes. Being the tale of a vengeance-seeking hairdresser, it has black comedy appeal, too, but it never exploits its premise beyond the expected bouts of murder and torture, and even renders these dull. Yip is clearly a fan of "Natural Born Killers" because that is the film this turkey apes to the point of nauseum. Unfortunately, there is no context, no characterization, and no theme backing up the gratuitous stylings. Truly awful , and not in a good way, either.
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