Posts Tagged ‘Crime/Thriller’
Twitch.com has posted a trailer for Cheang Pou-Soi's "Accident", starring Louis Koo, Richie Ren and produced by Johnnie To. Cheang Pou-Soi has directed films such as "Dog Bite Dog" as well as "Shamo" starring Shawn Yue. Accident gets released in cinemas across Hong Kong on October 10th. Which should mean we will get the DVD in early 2010, well fingers crossed.
Inspector Ho (Lau Ching-Wan) has led the normal cops life after the events from the first movie. One day he is called to a building roof top when there warning that a man is about to jump. When Ho arrives one of his colleagues, Ken (Lam Suet) is talking with the jumper. The Jumper (Ekin Cheng) has manipulated Ken into playing a game of 'Heads or Tails', but Ken is like a broken record by continually repeating the answer "Heads". Strangely enough its always a "Tails". The mystery jumper soon grows bored with both Ken and Ho. the mystery man suddenly dives off of the building, lighting smoke flares as he jumped. When he lands on the giant crash mat at the bottom, he's no where to be found. Ho soon tracks him down, as each rubbish bin he passed, he left smoke flares in each. The mystery man states that he has stole 3 very valuable piece of art, which are worth over five million dollars. Ho is intrigued and sets of the rules between him and the thief. If Ho mange's to get him to the police station, Ho wins and the thief is under arrest. If the thief gets away, they'll continue chasing each other. Unsurprisingly enough, the thief escapes. But he leaves clues behind for Ho catch up. The story soon unveils to show that the thief is after 10 million dollar ransom and he wants Ho to deliver it... Running out of Time 2 definitely shows resemblance to the first film. Even repeating some memorable seen at points. Lau Ching-Wan plays the role of Ho perfectly. Ekin Chengs character turns out to be a magician who using Ho as his assistant. Surprisingly enough Ekin Cheng makes a good thief, he played his role well. Two thumbs up. Lam Suets character was at first annoying with the "heads or tails" storyline developing between him and Ekin. Although by the end of the film his character turns into a kind giving sort of guy, Santa...if you know what I mean. Kelly Lin joins the cast as business woman who is merging companies, but for the deal to go through they need those three pieces of art, back! Of course she has great confidence in Inspector Ho. Now the film does have its fair share of flaws. Ekins character has a pet eagle, not any old eagle, but the American Bald Eagle! A real AB Eagle is used in the opening sequences and then once more at the end of the film. The rest of the time it is actually a noticeably CGI Eagle. Final thoughts a rather enjoyable piece of work from Johnny To and his partner in crime, Law Wing-Cheong. Good Work, but don't expect his best.
When a criminal master, Peter Cheung (Andy Lau) finds out he has under one month to live. He decides to burgle a major Diamond Trading Company and plans to avenge the death of his father, who passed away a year before. Peter holds the manager hostage and insists on seeing a negotiator. Not just any negotiator, he wants to see Ho Sheung-Sang (Lau Ching-Wan). Ho soon arrives and is informed about the situation. When negotiating with Peter, Peter tells Ho that he's going to be playing a game with him for the next 72 Hours. The rules are simple Officer Ho has those 72 hours to arrest Peter, if Ho mange's to get Peter to the Police station, Game Over, Ho Wins... Although Peter begins to sending clues to Ho in hope that Ho will catch up with him. Peter escapes with the diamonds and meets up with his fathers business partner, Baldy (Waise Lee). Cleverly disguised as his dead father (Baldy had never known that Peters father had passed away). Peter & Baldy trades 5 Million Dollars for a blue diamond necklace. Although the necklace looks fake and cheap, its the real deal. Peter plans to leave with the diamonds, the necklace and the money all to himself... Ho's boss, Chief Inspector Wong (Hui Shui-Hung) is quite humorous, he's also a very bad negation. He acts quite mean to Ho until a certain part of the story where he's mistaken Ho to have the one month to live, instead of Peter. Peter also seems to work up a small relationship by a young woman he keeps on meeting on the bus, its quite a nice touch to the film actually. Lam Suet also stars in the film as Baldy's henchmen, but he always seems to have a comedic run ins with Officer Ho. Finally, I get to see a Johnny To flick and boy was I surprised, some very tense scenes, which kept me on the edge of my seat. The film managed to pull out quite a lot of surprises which was very delightful. Andy Lau was great in this movie, I was expecting him to play a similar role to his character Ming from Infernal Affairs. Yet he played someone completely different. Lau Ching-Wan was amazing, he out done himself. Having only seen him in films such as The Black Mask and Ringo Lam's Full Alert was clearly surprised. All and All Running Out Of Time was a real boost in the Cop and Robbers genre of films.
Plot: Set in 1996, overly aggressive Cop - Ma (Donnie Yen) is involved in on going case against three Vietnamese triad brothers. In an attempt to bring down this powerful group, Ma's partner Wilson (Louis Koo) works undercover as a snitch. With years of loyalty between Wilson and the brothers he's gained their trust. Although Wilson is growing tired of Ma's brash attitude and finds his cover blown during a intense chase from the police. The sadistic Brother Tony (Colin Chou) drives down Wilson leaving him for dead. Fast forward three months and Wilson is now a cripple but only to the effect of a limp. With the eldest Brother Archer behind bars with a court date set in stone, the remaining two brothers begin killing off all witnesses involved with the case and with Wilson inline as the next target, how long can Ma last before he risks every? Review: If you’ve already seen Sha Po Lang and Dragon Tiger Gate, you know what type of action Donnie Yen is delivering. More grounded action this time around, no excessive wire work, although the action is under cranked and heavily edited. When watching the movie, realising Colin Chou is the main bad guy I could just imagine what was in store later on – Donnie Yen v Colin Chou in one long broad shot, too good to be true? Yeah! We do get a hard hitting 10 minute brawl between the two, but the constant angle changing takes away edge, but still I did find myself going "f*ck! That looked sore!" At the time I thought that would sum up my opinion on the action sequences, but when looking at the footage in the credits and the special features you see how much hard work and training Donnie Yen put into this movie, it made me appreciate it a whole lot more. On several occasions the Wilson Yip attempts to shock the audience, I’ll explain some of them, spoiler free of course; the gathering at Wilson’s flat, the fight between Tiger and Ma and Wilson’s cover being blown. All three events do attempt to shock, but the impact is lost instantly with the abnormal use of wire work and CG. The Cast, oh what a stellar cast! Wilson Yip has successfully managed to reignite the career’s of Colin Chou (whose career seemed quite after the Matrix movies and his brief appearance in Fearless) and Kent Cheng (who had a hit and miss career to start off with), both of them are used extremely well in this movie. Donnie Yen does well in the movie, nothing out of the ordinary, compared to his last two movie’s that is. Louis Koo’s performance seemed pretty hollow, the first half hour was pretty good, but he grew stale pretty quick. We are also treated to an appearance from stuntman turn actor – Ben Lam. I don’t know if it’s just me, but does anyone else think that a free botox injection came free with a copy of the script? Everyone’s looking too good, too good to be true! Final thoughts? A fine film indeed! Enjoy
There's always a price to pay when you hire an assassin, from 10 to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Recently a mysterious killer, known as the 'Angel Of Death' has appeared in Hong Kong. Asking no payment for his services because all of his targets are evil men and they deserve to die. The Angel of Death is considered to be The King Of Killers. Although no one knows the true identity of the Angel. This masked assassin is a force not to be reckoned with. The opening scenes of the film. The Angel of Death claims the life of a smutty billionaire, Mr. Tsukamoto. In Mr. Tsukamoto Will he mentions if he is killed by an assassin $100 Million US will be rewarded to the person who kills the assassin...This is where our Story begins. Ah Fu (Jet Li) is a poor hitman, poor in life and assassinating. Fu lives in a building in a cramp one roomed flat with a group hitmen. The group know as The Golden Triangle'. The 'soldiers' of the golden triangle spending there days waiting for a new mission and talking about the their past ones. Fu's skills of assassinating aren't up to much either. He was once given the chance to kill a woman 'Mrs Chu', in the end Fu ended up repairing his drain pipes. Fu admits that he isn't a good assassin, he seems to have too much heart, usually backing out at the last minute...He's just so damn kind hearted. Fu soon meets an old retired assassin Norman Lu, nicknamed Crocodile Lu (Eric Tsang). Norman met Fu at the Tsukamoto Business Center, who was attempting to get in. Norman helps Fu out and makes the security supervisor allow Fu in, telling the guards that Fu is the best hitmen throughout Mainland China and Norman is his manger. Norman enters Fu into the hunt for Mr. Tsukamoto's killer. Although Norman wasn't sure on Ah Fu's skills. So Fu ends up battling against a group of people in Cafe and he beats them with ease. Things seem to go wrong for poor Norman as people are suspecting him to be the vigilant Angel Of Death. Inspector Kwan (Simon Yam) has been following this 'hunt' since it began, trying to catch any of the hitmen at work. The police force themselves are also trying to find out, who is Mr. Tsukamoto's murder. Kwan soon gets a hold of Fu and Norman as they were at the scene of gun battle in an amusement park, although Kwan doesn't receive any helpful information from the duo. Norman and Ah Fu were then bailed out by Normans daughter... Norman's daughter, Kelly (Gigi Leung) is a budding lawyer who is fed up of her fathers criminal background. When meeting Fu she seems harsh at first. but after a romantic night ice skating she soon falls for him. although I think he's too dumb to realize. One of the touching scenes between Kelly and Norman is when Norman shows up at a party and tells his daughter that enough is enough, he hates his past, letting down his daughter and tells her that he it turning a new leaf. Eiji (Sato Keiji), the grand son of the billionaire seems to have a screw loose. He believed when eating his grand fathers ashes, the soul of his deceased grandfather will continue living inside him. Eiji participates in the hunt to find the Angel of Death with help from a very very tall guy. Every time Eiji goes after the Angel Of Death he bumps into Norman and Fu! Things hot up at the end of the film as Eiji goes against the Angel of Death by the way of the samurai! Altogether Hitman is one of Jet Li's finest films of the late 90's. With his great success earlier in the 90's with Fong Sai-Yuk and the Once Upon a Time in China series, this is a pleasant end to his Hong Kong career for now. Yet he is now perusing his film career on the silver screen of the US. Jet Li's future isn't as bright is it was in Hong Kong. But Hitman is as must see for all Jet fans even a must see for all Eric Tsang fans too!