Her Name is Cat 2: Journey to Death
Hong Kong 2001
Directed by Law Shun-chen.

This film bears no relation whatsoever to HER NAME IS CAT. Some pre-credits action has Almen Wong copping a TOMB RAIDER vibe as she steals a gold Buddha from a Thai temple. This is never mentioned again, and has nothing to do with the film. She's a killer, raised in Thailand by a powerful general, who gets killed while running for political office. So, aided by the General's daughter, she steals a microchip worth millions as a roundabout way to revenge the killing. Roy Cheung is an on the run Hongkie small potato trying to hide out in Thailand who unwittingly gets caught up in the action. When he's completely down on his luck, he contacts an ICQ buddy he knows (Fast becoming an Almen Wong plot signature -- see also ANGEL COP: FINAL CRISIS). This film is an absolute mess thanks to poor directing and even poorer editing that at one point has us experiencing a flashback within a flashback within a flashback. Before entering the wayback machine the climax of the film is pretty much totally spoiled. Then, we just have to watch everything lead up to the already known conclusion. On the other hand, Roy Cheung and Almen Wong are excellent and the fight scenes are pretty good and frequent. Despite the considerable flaws I found myself enjoying this low-budget, shot in Thailand, girls-with-guns actioner for what it offers.

Rating: Marginally Recommended (Marginally Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on May 12, 2004.

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