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Genre: Action/Crime
Director: Gregory Hatanaka & Gary Mak
Starring: Chi Lam, Lam Ka Tung, Eric Tsang, Ricky Fan, Nahatali Lekbumrung, Pavarit Mongkolpisit, Candice Yu An An, Joni Zhao
Rating: M18 (Some Sexual Content)
Year Made: 2007




Languages: Cantonese
Subtitles: Chinese
Running Time: 1 hr 43 mins
Format: VCD

Distributor: Scorpio East




A murder case happens in "Bar Suay" where a male who is dressed as a female is found dead in the washroom with a gun-shot on his chest. The victim has his pants taken off and he is holding a sharp knife in his hands. There is no trace of struggle or dispute before he died. However, a small amount of drugs is found at the crime scene, which the victim is suspected to have taken...


The first thing that caught my attention was the cover of Bar Paradise VCD’s cover. It has this cool black and white feature that invokes a noir feeling to it. But after watching Bar Paradise, the conclusion would be that the cover was the only good thing about this movie.

It has an incomprehensive plot without any clear direction that it’s heading and it tried to impress by planting too many weak subplots which of course became a test of patience.

Let me fill in the plot (or subplots) that was the bulk of this movie instead of the synopsis had stated (which only occurs a few seconds before the credits and another few seconds near the end).

First we got Julian Cheung with his unshaven dark shades rugged image, signing up to become a bar bouncer, working for an owner with an ambiguous gender (of course, since it’s based in Thailand and with all the stereotypical movies about it, all pretty girls should be suspected as a transvestite or transgender).

Trouble soon followed as a rogue (Gordon Lam Ka Tung) with his noisy girlfriend crashed into the bar to escape the wrath of a lady mob boss. A confrontation occurs but due to the mysterious identity of Julian Cheung character and the bar owner, it quickly became a standoff and the lady mob boss backs off for a while.

Then Eric Tsang appears as an authoritative figure in cahoots with the lady mob boss and subsequently discover the appearances of Julian Cheung and the bar owner. This baffling movie then tries to introduce more mysterious connection between them and firing all it’s effort at other unimportant subplots such as Gordon Lam ‘s extremely jealous girlfriend, an abandon baby and some supposedly good friend of the bar owner who is trying to borrow money for her useless boyfriend.

In the end, it only managed to effectively not build any importance to the revelation of the mysterious connection or what the synopsis was trying to sell. Called it bad management of characters and plots or biting off way too much than it can chew, there is definitely no paradise to be found in this story.


Review by Richard Lim Jr


Other titles from Scorpio East:

. The Invisible

. The Lookout

. The Jungle Book

. China Vampire

. Hooked On You

. Who Slept With Her?

. Goal II: Living the Dream

. Meet The Robinsons

. Hanna Montana

. Wild Hogs

. Breaking And Entering

. Jump In

. Primeval

. Forest of Death

. The Fox and the Hound 2

. The Fox and the Hound

. Dumbo

. One Last Dance

. Protege

. The Curse of the Golden Flower

. A Battle Of Wits

. Rain Dogs

. Heavenly Mission

. Exiled

. Operation Undercover

. Diary

. Fatal Contact

. Singapore Dreaming

. Rob-B-Hood

. On The Edge

. The World's Fastest Indian

. Dragon Tiger Gate

. Unarmed Combat

. Crazy Stone

. Election 2

. We Are Family

. I Not Stupid Too

. The Shoe Fairy

. 2 Becomes 1

. 49 Days


. Dragon Eye Congee

. A Chinese Tall Story

. Perhaps Love


. Election

. The Myth

. Wait 'Til You're Older

. The Maid




This review is made possible with the kind support from Scorpio East


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