Killer 2
Hong Kong 2003
Directed by Steve Cheng Wai-Man.

Odd to have a sequel to a film that was really quite modest, and not particularly well regarded or even well known. No, this isn't a sequel to the world famous THE KILLER (John Woo, 1989, HK), starring Chow Yun-Fat. It's a sequel to KILLER (Billy Tung, 2000, HK), starring Jordan Chan. Alas, neither Jordan Chan nor Chow Yun-Fat appear here. KILLER 2 is a cheap digital video production starring Ronnie Cheung Ho-Lung as a young tough guy with nothing to prove. His friends, and his younger brother, have plenty to prove, though, and decide to score points with the big triad boss by doing a hit for him. Unfortunately, the hit goes badly, and still more unfortunately, their boss is a real sicko who likes to videotape himself torturing and killing people who cross him. Meanwhile Ronald hooks up with funky girl Zoie Tam, despite the fact that she keeps sleeping with all his friends, too. Oh, and she is the boss's girlfriend, too, which puts the final nail in his coffin. The boys are on drugs most of the time, so they are too whacked out of their minds to worry about anything until it is too late. Ronald Cheung is a young actor going places, I enjoyed his sincere performance here, though he still lacks depth. There is not enough plot to pad out the entire running time, and that's even with showing scenes from the entirely unrelated KILLER over the opening credits.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on November 17, 2004.

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