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Running on Karma (2003)

Daai zek lou (original title)
A monk turned body-builder, with the gift to see into people's lives, befriends a female cop, and uses his gift to change the force of Karma and her destiny.

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Inspector Chung (as Cheung Siu Fai)
Wong Chun ...
Yee's Superior Officer (as Chun Wong)
Karen Tong ...
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Wen Zhong Yu ...
Master Wu (as Yu Wen Zhong)
Lian Sheng Hou ...
Master Wen (as Hou Lian Sheng)
Sheng Wei He ...
(as He Sheng Wei)
Meng Zhang ...
Jade (as Zhang Meng)
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Exotic dancer Dai Jet Lo (brawny man) has a gift to see through "cause and consequence". He meets a female cop and uses his gift to help her capture an extremely dangerous murderer. The female cop learns that Dai Jet Lo was once a monk who, due to the murder of a friend, left the monastery to find the killer. The female cop also has a inevitable "karma" that dooms her to die an unnatural death. The duo decide to oppose "cause and consequence" and change what cannot be changed. Written by Anon

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27 September 2003 (Hong Kong)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$678,270 (Hong Kong) (26 September 2003)

Gross:

$3,361,742 (Hong Kong) (24 October 2003)
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Excellent Plot But did not need to be that complex
28 June 2004 | by (Fort Lauderdale) – See all my reviews

I feel that the plot is excellent: A Buddhist monk who is able to "see" past choices that lead to present day Karma. This was an excellent plot but... They should have made it more of a love story, i.e. a strong attachment by the viewer between "Big" and the police woman. And somehow it should have had a clearer ending. the plot had a potential for a great movie. Also it would have been nice to have a good ending. There were some interesting things in the movie...For example, the director certainly understood something about karma as explained by buddhist. I recalled in the movie when the monk says that the Japanese soldier is a different person than the policewoman, but that she is carrying his karma. That is an interesting distinction from the Hindu explanation of karma.


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