Money Kills
Hong Kong 2004
Directed by Wong Ka Fai.


A group of dimly intelligent provincial types come across a dead body and a big bag of money, and decide to keep the bag of money. There's Ken Wong, the "smart" one, whose business has failed and sort of wants to keep the money, his brother (Lam Suet), mentally handicapped (though they are all so dim his handicap is hardly noticable), who wants to buy his own house, a girl with big triad debt, and Ken Wong's manipulative, scheming, Lady MacBeth-like wife. Elle Choi plays their friend who has moved to Hong Kong for a job as a reporter. She comes back to spread largess among the childlike community, but when her brother winds up dead, she stays on to figure out what is going on. In the end, it all goes horribly wrong, as any movie so obviously based on the Sam Raimi film A SIMPLE PLAN (1998) would. Though I would argue money doesn't kill people; stupid people kill people. It's an important lesson for us all. Boring, predictable, badly made, shot on digital video. The actors are all fine, too bad they weren't doing something more constructive. They wasted more of their time making the film than I did watching it.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on January 06, 2005.


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