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Starring: Cheung Chi Lam, Cheung Tat Ming
Director: Herman Yau
Rating: M18
Year Made: 2006




Subtitles: Chinese & English
Running Time: 1 hr 25 mins
Format: VCD
Distributor: Innform Media




Ah Chat is a 27 year old assassin. He has experienced the cruelty and violence of the underworld since a tender age of 7. His experiences made him ruthless in all his missions. In one of his missions, Ah Chat was recognised as the killer. In order to avoid being caught, he escaped to Taiwan to look for his buddy. However, money and woman led to the breakup of his brotherhood and eventually, betrayal and death.


In my memory, Julian Cheung (I know him more affectionately as “Chilam) is a Hong Kong singer whose love songs are a favourite at karaoke sessions. His clean-cut look and tender voice was at its most popular during the early 1990s.

Fast forward 10-odd years later, and he is playing a cold and heartless assassin? Doesn’t quite fit the image, if you ask me.

In this Hong Kong production about mobsters and their obligatory thirst for revenge and all things violent, Cheung plays an angry hit-man who escapes to Taiwan to escape his enemies. Cheung Tat Ming (House of Mahjong, Iron Lady Chef) plays his childhood friend who becomes involved in the brouhaha of things.

If you have some knowledge about films that come out of Hong Kong, you probably won’t find this one too innovative. Themes of vengeance, loyalty and treachery are explored in familiar images of blood being splattered and skulls being crushed.

The story isn’t anything refreshing, and the constant voiceover narrations do come across as pretentious, tiresome and uninspired at times. Note to filmmakers: This trick does not work anymore.

Director Herman Yau brings crime and romance together in this 85-minute movie with some very nice cinematography. Having helmed the camera lens for other Hong Kong movies like Dennis Law’s Fatal Contact (2006) and Tsui Hark’s Time and Tide (2000), Yau does display an eye for lush images and well-framed shots.

There are also some appropriate flashy fast and time-freeze edits which helped to set the mood for the dangerous world the mobsters live in.

Other than that, the formulaic movie does not offer anything new or particularly worth noticing. Except for Chilam’s rather unconvincing turn as a mobster, of course.


Review by John Li


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This review is made possible with the kind support from InnoForm


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