Walk In
Hong Kong 1997
Directed by Herman Yau.

Tommy (Dayo Wong), a charming cop with a loving girlfriend (Yu Li), runs into a fight between two gangs and it hit by a car and paralyzed from the waist down. Meanwhile, a stuttering idiot named Chicken (Danny Lee) was to be the gangs getaway driver, but instead takes a few bullets in the chest courtesy of his supposed criminal buddy Bill Lo. Tommy learns of a way to change bodies at the time of death, a way to "walk in" to someone else's body, from an old mystic (currently inhabiting the body of Wu Chien-Lien). He takes over Chicken's body, in order that he can walk (and have sex) again, but he also promises Chicken's comatose form that he will clear up his problems when inhabiting his body and will not touch his women, or he will ejaculate prematurely. While there are gang fights to get into and crimes to solve, nevertheless Tommy (in Chicken's body) spends much of his time lamenting the premature ejaculation stipulation, especially once he discovers that Chicken is married, with two concubines, and has a very hot younger sister (Ada Choi). WALK IN is a very entertaining mixed bag, with humor, the supernatural, and crime drama all mixed in together. Danny Lee is convincing both as the low life stutterer and as the cop inhabiting his body (sure, Danny Lee always plays cops, but this time you could swear he really is channeling Dayo Wong). An impressive double-decker bus chase through the streets of Hong Kong makes a satisfying finale to a very unique production.

Rating: Marginally Recommended (Marginally Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on January 23, 2005.

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