Taste of Killing and Romance, A
Hong Kong 1994
Directed by Veronica Chan.

Andy Lau and Anita Yuen are killers for hire who meet and fall in love while the cops, led by Waise Lee, try to hunt them down, and the people who hire and pay for their hits (Christine Ng and Mark Cheng) decide they are no longer useful and arrange to have them killed. Everyone inhabits their stereotype characters well, so it is only moderately tiresome to see them fulfill each cliche as the movie progresses (relentless cop who stays in the station overnight, assassin who only kills bad guys, giving hit money to charity, etc., etc). Mark Cheng goes into full-on crazy psycho mode, which is always a treat, but Anita Yuen as a professional assassin never quite works, which goes some way towards explaining her rather short career in Hong Kong cinema. Where's Anita Mui, or Wu Chien Lien, when you need them? Absent. Also missing from this production is even a spark of originality or a unique stylistic touch. Not terrible, just not good, either. A perfectly mediocre film.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on July 06, 2005.

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