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The Ghost (2001)

 -  Action | Thriller  -  15 May 2001 (USA)
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A feared Chinese Tong soldier goes undercover in America as an Asian Internet bride.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Julie Lee ...
Jing (as Chung Lai)
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Chang (as Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa)
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George Cheung ...
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A feared Chinese Tong soldier goes undercover in America as an Asian Internet bride.

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An assassin so elusive, they would call her ... The Ghost

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15 May 2001 (USA)  »

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Code of the Dragon  »

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Laughably bad martial arts nonsense - 14%
6 November 2004 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Alright, I know that my bias against TV movies needs to be reduced. And perhaps one day, a TV movie will come along and blow me away. But sadly, that day is not today. Cheap effects, stone-faced acting and being completely unmemorable in any way cripple what might have been an OK film. But this was never going to be a mega-classic, even with the appearance of Michael "Mumblin' Like Brando" Madsen.

"The Ghost" begins by telling us that China has been ruled for centuries by Tongs (insert faint snigger here) and that assassins of the Tong are known as Ghosts. Hardly original but there you go. We then see said Ghost Jing (Chung Lai) who, after a bloody visit to a corrupt police chief (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) in Hong Kong, is forced to hide in LA until she is called upon again. Unfortunately for her, not only is Madsen's investigator looking for her but also various villains from Hong Kong as well. No matter as she disposes of them in ways that are reminiscent of fight scenes from the Hercules TV show at the same time as falling in love with an American with a seriously dodgy haircut (Richard Hatch).

Sorry if all that sounds laughable but take it from me, there is little I can find to recommend this picture. That awful TVM gloss seems to seep into every shot, making "The Ghost" look like a really bad one-off drama production from an independent cable TV channel. As for Madsen, he seems to have the look of a man who knows that this is just paying the bills (at least, until Quentin called him up again for "Kill Bill"). And am I the only one who thought that a fight sequence where a guy with no legs can take out a handful of Triads (or whatever the Hell they were) was not only ridiculous but also rather sick? What's next - The Autistic Samurai?

There are only two reasons why I watched this film last night. One: I was too tired to go to bed - working late does that to you. Two: I had drunk one Scotch too many. Unless you can claim the same, don't even think about watching this. Only a hardcore Madsen fan would want to watch this and I cannot imagine there being lots of those about. Simply put, stay well away from this one.


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