6 AM
Hong Kong 2004
Directed by Adrian Kwan.


The corpse isn't even cold yet but here's a parody/knock off of Jiang Hu. Steven Cheung and Kenny Kwan are Noodle and Bowl respectively, two lazy students who stumble into a triad lottery where the unlucky winner will have to perform a hit -- cutting off the hand of a triad baddy known only as Serpent, who walks in the back alley of a massage parlour every day by himself -- at precisely 6 AM. They get the job, and proceed to impersonate, in no particular order, triads, cops, Judge Bao, and gods of gambling; throughout they also pretend to be acting, though they are unconvincing. The Twins make a cameo as themselves. Veteran comedians Law Kar-Ying, Cheung Tat-Ming, and Tats Lau provide some comic relief, but not much. Ray Lui, who used to play triad kingpins in epic biopics, is now reduced to a parody of a triad kingpin. He hams up his part and in general does no service to his career. It's not the total loss I'm making it out to be, however. The script is pretty decent for a film like this, allowing director Adrian Kwan to play with the flow of time, freezing dramatic scenes and going back a bit into the past to see how the other characters in the scene got there, each time subtly changing our perspective of the scene as a whole. It was interesting enough to give me hope that Kwan may make a good movie one of these days. But it hasn't happened yet.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on February 27, 2005.


Comments

I got to say, this movie is a little bit unusual comparing from those black traids movies we all commonly come accross. I watched it by coincidence just now during dinner, i got to admit, this show contains a lot of worthwhile life values where i think we should pay attention to those messages ocassionally to remind ourselves; rather than determining a good movie according to those special effects ONLY. Watch it, if you have a chance.. ^^
Ps: i enjoyed the movie.

Posted by: Regina at May 20, 2006 11:51 AM
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