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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

there is a streak of vigilantism in every one of us

Author: Tan karhui from Singapore
11 March 2004

What does a cop, a comic book writer and a serial killer have in common? A lot, it seems. In this very quirky HK film, the lives of 3 people who hail from such diverse background intertwine through their destiny and their heart.

Jordan Chan is magnificent as the bad-beat oppressed reporter who ekes out a living through writing comic series for a newspaper. He has a real talent in churning out pulp hits, but instead of a better working condition, he gets rewarded with more assignments and deadlines. So he needs some inspiration. Everytime his comics get published, it is invariably executed in exact same style. It would have been a real credit to his imagination, except that he is writing gangland murder stories over here. On the other hand, when he lacks the inspiration to continue in some of his murder series, the serial killer will act first to inspire him.

Involved in this intriguing setup is the detective played by Sunny Chan, ever so resourceful and suave. Invariably fingers are being pointed at the comic writer, but he believes the comic writer is innocent. In his quest to solve the mystery, he finds out that he himself has more than just sympathy for this serial killer.

Such a premise is very refreshing against the backdrop of tired old formulas from HK triad stories. It is a credit to the director that he just manages to steer it in control and keep intrigue going, when it threatens to fizzle out when the story-becomes-murder plot gets repetitive.

Rating : 7.3

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Quirky film is good, but not great

7/10
Author: jblock-1 from Mpls., MN
16 January 2002

The ones who get their "comeuppance" in this film are rude and obnoxious triad gangsters. Where it's coming from is the mystery driving the detective on the case. Is it the start of a gang war? A serial killer? Jordan Chan is cast against his usual role as a budding writer developing a fictional column based on these events. Unconsciously, this trio of characters begin to influence each other. Director has some fun with the concept by using jumps in time, hallucinations and some plot twists to keep things hopping. Suspense and humor comes from coincidences that don't strain credulity. Filmed in mundane locations with very little background music. Just needs a little something more to make this a cut above. Maybe some more style needed or maybe the idea would have been more compelling in a shorter format. Cautions: some violence, bathroomscenes, brief sexuality. Ending is unusual in a genre that normally glorifies triads. 7/10 Milky Way Image productions I have seen that I would recommend above this: The Longest Nite, The Mission, Running Out of Time.

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Eh

5/10
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York
18 January 2010

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Johnnie To produced tale about the investigation of the murders of triad members and how three seemingly unconnected characters, cop, killer and reporter all intertwine.

Weakly directed tale suffers from trying too hard to be hip and happening (stories with in stories and flashbacks and dreams all mix). However the real problem is the performances which are flat and occasionally really bad. They are the sort of thing that make this hard to believe since you stop thinking of this as something happening before you and instead you see it as people play acting. The idea is pretty good, the execution isn't.

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