Deals with the Dark
Hong Kong 2002
Directed by Leung Hung Wah.

Sam Lee and Samuel Leung star, along with Ronny Cheung, a regular in the TROUBLESOME NIGHT films (never a good sign). Shot on DV. The three skinny punks are complete losers and deep in debt with the local loan shark. One night, they shout out their wishes to be rich, damn the consequences, and a man in a black raincoat holding a miniature black dragon comes and asks them to pray to the dragon and their wishes will be answered. And so, they all make their deals with the 'dark,' and pretty soon they become rich, but suffer the consequences. Suddenly the guy who wished, "I want to be rich, I won't care if I die," probably is feeling he got the short end of the stick compared to the other wish, "I want to be rich, and I won't care who dies except me!" It seemed almost like a Media Evangelism film like Ultimate Intelligence, but the moral is muddled and I'm not at all sure what the filmmakers were trying to say, except "greed is bad."

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on May 18, 2004.

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