Written by: Carroll Jenkins on January 28th, 2012
Theatrical Release Date: Hong Kong, 1983
Director: Nam Nai Choi
Writer: Keith Li
Cast:Kuo Hua Chang, Pei Hsi Chen, Han Chiang, Ging Man Fung, Pooi Lee Geung, Billy Lau
DVD Released: December 21st, 2006
Approximate running time: 83 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Cantonese, Dolby Digital Mono Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Chinese
DVD Release: IVL
Region Coding: Region 3 NTSC (Hong Kong)
Retail Price: $14.49
Synopsis: The police have their hands full at the moment tracking an ex-con who killed a police officer and finding a hit man who took out the local drug kingpin’s number 1 enforcer.
Ngai Kai Lam was a noted cinematographer on titles such as Big Bad Sis, then directed some excellent and rather diverse genre entries including The Seventh Curse, Her Vengeance, Erotic Ghost Story, and (most notoriously) The Story Of Ricky. This modern police / gangster / crime action drama is somewhat ahead of it’s time, followed shortly by Long Arm Of the Law, and later by Police Story and Rich And Famous.
Jason Pai Piao (Killer Constable) steals the show as a hit man thought to be dead who returns on the scene with a vengeance leaving lots of bodies in his wake. The rest of the cast portray their cardboard characters well, but the episodic and rather hard to follow plot with multiple storylines is mostly inconsequential. What does matter is that something is happening all the time. There are chases, shootouts, beatings, killings, and numerous people set on fire. People fall from buildings, jump onto moving cars, rob casinos for no particular reason, and generally wreck [sic] havoc. The game of death raquetball match is just one highlight among many, with the stand out being the Rambo-on-steroids grand finale.
This region 3 IVL release is presented in a very fine 2:35 anamorphic widescreen format with original mono Cantonese and Mandarin tracks. English subs are error free.
Less memorable than some of Lam’s other efforts, this is nevertheless a great popcorn movie. Don’t expect extreme gore effects in this one, just a gritty good time.