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The Laundryman (2015)

Qingtian jie yi hao (original title)
A-Gu enlists a group of contract killers in the disguise of laundry service. One of them, code-named "No. 1, Greenfield Lane", is haunted by the ghosts of his victims. He seeks help from ... See full summary »

Director:

Chung Lee

Writers:

Yu-Hsun Chen (screenplay), Chung Lee (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Hsiao-chuan Chang ... No 1, Chingtian St.
Sonia Sui ... A-Gu (as Tang Sui)
Regina Wan ... Lin Hsiang (as Qian Wan)
Yann Yann Yeo ... Captain Yang
Shao-Huai Chang ... Figure-Maker (as Micheal Chang)
Meng-Chieh Kao ... Pervert
Peggy Tseng ... Phantom Woman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wan-Hao Chen Wan-Hao Chen ... Officer
Chao-jen Hsu ... The Laundry Uncle
Kuan-yi Lee ... BOY
Lieh Lee ... No-Head-Lady
Chih-Ju Lin ... The Teacher
Ming-Shuai Shih ... Unfilial Man
Ming-shiou Tsai ... Detective Tang Wu-Hsiung
Gino Yang ... Gangster A
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A-Gu enlists a group of contract killers in the disguise of laundry service. One of them, code-named "No. 1, Greenfield Lane", is haunted by the ghosts of his victims. He seeks help from Lin Hsiang, a psychic. Lin helps him get rid of the ghosts, but the laundry hides secrets more than she bargains for. What "No. 1, Greenfield Lane" runs away from turn out to be the ghosts from his past. Written by anonymous

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Twist
Music, Lyrics & Performed by Tai-Hsiang Chen
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competent and enjoyable cross-genre film
1 May 2018 | by CedericSee all my reviews

This is an interesting variant on the standard hitman film, introducing a metaphysical twist that drives the plot and helps keep the story interesting.

Cinematically it's a very professional production but didn't distinguish itself at any point. One scene did sadly suffer the 'repeat this one stunt four times from different angles in slow motion' so beloved of Asian cinema but most of the film avoided that trope and portrayed credible action scenes that added energy and delivered pay-offs for the slower conversational elements.

Where the film did disappoint was a specific fight scene, in which previously demonstrated skill, reflexes, agility and strength are abandoned for plot reasons. Sorry but that's lazy film making.

It's a shame, and it did damage the review score I've given, because much of the film was better than that, and because of that I can recommend it to people that aren't scared of subtitles (or indeed, speak the language of the actors).

In particular one scene early in the film caught me completely by surprise, and left me highly entertained. Innovation, excellent acting from Hsiao-chuan Chang and overall I'm happy I spent the time watching this.


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Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

16 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El lavandero See more »

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