Cop Unbowed
Hong Kong 2004
Directed by Wai Tat.

Lam (Alex Fong) and Fung (Michael Tse) were best of pals, until Fung accidentally kills the girlfriend of Mr. Dick (Eddy Ko), the mob boss. Fung blames it on Lam, which cuts their friendship short prematurely, and permanently, as Lam ends up killing Fung because of it. Lam retreats to open a seafood restaurant in Sai Kung and settles in uncomfortably with his girlfriend (Yoyo Mung), who is hoping to get married and have kids, which is hard to do when your boyfriend is just waiting around to die. Mr. Dick finally returns for retribution, with his gang of tough punks and a sexy girl who bites off people's tongues. He also has an ace up his sleeve, Fung's son, recently returned from Australia, who wants revenge for his daddy, not realizing his dad was the true bastard. It sounds like an action movie but for the most part it is a lot of hanging out in the restaurant and fishing. Lots of soul searching. Lam Suet plays the local police inspector and Chin Ka Lok is the restaurant's head waiter and resident reformed gangster and all around goofball. Alex Fong, Chin Ka Lok, and Lam Suet were together earlier in 2004 in One Night in Mongkok, once again in this film they roll off of each other's performances effortlessly, while a cast of youngsters that surround them generally act atrociously but with spirit. Direct to video but shot on film. An intro voiceover and end voiceover explains that Lam is a police officer, who is forced to resign over the this issue, but they seem like afterthoughts and his role as a policeman is rarely, if ever, mentioned in the film itself.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on March 03, 2005.

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