My Baby Shot Me Down
Hong Kong 2004
Directed by Rocco Leung.

Looking for some female vengeance in this movie whose title was obviously inspired by the KILL BILL soundtrack? Not really here. Instead it's the story of an actor turned serial killer -- as we all have long suspected, there's really only a hair's breadth differentiating the two -- who falls in love with and starts dating a cop (Theresa Mak) whose sister he killed some time earlier. They quote lines from his films together, and make love (though he has trouble keeping the vomit down, since he usually hates women enough to dismember them). He is the "New Midnight Butcher" so she visits the old one in prison (Lam Suet as Anthony Hopkins, ladies and gentlemen) to get clues to reveal who the killer is, since she is apparently an idiot. Jade Leung and Pinky Cheung are other girls on the very hot police force. There are some quality performances here. Lam Suet is amusingly creepy and Wong He perfectly nails that sort of vacant stare, cool hatred, and desperate neediness that is a hallmark of the professional actor. Alas, the digital video lighting and editing makes everything look as cheap as cable access television.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on December 23, 2004.

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