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Daai zek lou (2003)

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.

Directors:

Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai (as Wai Ka Fai)

Writers:

Ka-Fai Wai (as Wai Ka Fai), Nai-Hoi Yau (as Yau Nai Hoi) | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Andy Lau ... Big
Cecilia Cheung ... Inspector Lee Fung Yee
Siu-Fai Cheung ... Inspector Chung (as Cheung Siu Fai)
Wong Chun ... Yee's Superior Officer (as Chun Wong)
Karen Tong ... Woman
Wen Zhong Yu Wen Zhong Yu ... Master Wu (as Yu Wen Zhong)
Lian Sheng Hou Lian Sheng Hou ... Master Wen (as Hou Lian Sheng)
Sheng Wei He Sheng Wei He ... (as He Sheng Wei)
Meng Zhang Meng Zhang ... Jade (as Zhang Meng)
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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

Official site [Hong Kong]

Country:

Hong Kong | China

Language:

Cantonese | English | Hindi

Release Date:

27 September 2003 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Running on Karma See more »

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Opening Weekend:

$678,270 (Hong Kong), 26 September 2003, Limited Release
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Beyond Love
Music by Keith Leung
Lyrics by Xi Lin
Performed by Anthony Yiu-Ming Wong
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A pleasant surprise!
28 September 2003 | by metamercSee all my reviews

I did not expect the depth that this film mines when buying tickets yesterday for "Running on Karma" starring Andy Lau. In fact, when it began, I cringed wondering how campy it could possibly be. This first impression quickly transformed as some special effects were artfully used to convey that I was in for fast and thought-provoking ride.

The violence in the film stops just short of being gratuitious. In fact, it is quite purposeful and well done. As a whole, the film has a little of everything that attracts me: the supernatural, special effects, humor, love story and surprise, surprise, an actual heartfelt message that provides the viewer with 'the big picture' on life. I wanted to give the flick an 8.5/10 but opted for the 8 since this system does not take half points.

By the way, seeing this film is Hong Kong has the added effect of illustrating one of the film's points: there are many layers to our day-to-day 'reality.' This may not have such a strong effect for the viewer who lives elsewhere.


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