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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
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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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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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Hong Kong | China

Language:

Cantonese | English | Hindi

Release Date:

27 September 2003 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

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Opening Weekend:

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

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Genius, Brilliant, along with other complimentary adjectives
9 April 2005 | by ko_hySee all my reviews

I will list three major reasons why this film should rock your world: 1. (The action.) It is a mixture of Chinese-martial and superhero choreography. The protagonist and the various "villains" he encounters are over-the-top, their abilities are by all means supernatural, there's nothing believable about them. All this exists in a contemporary Hong Kong setting. The film isn't even about kung-fu or wild action sequences. This is brilliant.

2. (Andy Lau showing off his skills with a piece of tissue.) The most original way of demonstrating martial art skills of all time.

3. (Unconventional genre mixing.) It has action, it has comedy, and it has philosophical depth. It features Andy Lau in a goddamn body-suit. There's a love story. It's a tragic love story. There's a tragic love story involving Andy-freaking-Lau in a goddamn body-suit. He does kung fu. There are cops. There's mystery. There's a detective story. This is very brilliant.

I find this film brilliant. There's no other adjective I find more fitting. Every word of that screenplay and every movement captured by the director (Johnnie To), is goddamn brilliant.

Along with One Nite In Mongkok, this was my favourite HK film of 2004.


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