Unarm 72 Hours
Hong Kong 2003
Directed by Ha Jim Si.

Shot on video production in which a veteran police officer (Danny Lee, as always) tries to capture some jewelry thieves right as he nears retirement. Only trouble is, they sock away the jewels, and one of the bastards (Lam Wai) steals his gun. Lee tries to hunt down the missing criminal and his weapon, but can't find him -- mainly because the criminal had kidnapped a taxi driver (Shing Fui-On) and had him take him to his home at gunpoint. Unfortunately for the robber, Shing Fui-On's family are about as disfunctional as the Osbournes. Shing Fui-On is a riot as the family patriarch, and though the bad guy tries tying them up and waving his gun at them, there's just no stopping their endless bickering. Other family members have fun moments, including Law Koon Lan as his long suffering (and insufferable) wife, and Ken Lo as the oldest brother. Don't expect a cops-and-robbers film, this is a slight meditation on a working class family and how they get by without being rich, beautiful, or brilliant. Danny Lee barely makes an impression here, this movie is Shing Fui-On's all the way.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on November 14, 2004.

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