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Genre: Comedy
Starring: Chapman To, Wong Cho Lam, Fiona Sit, Kama Law, Tsui Ting Yau, Hui Siu Hung, Chui Tien You, Carl Ng, Lee Lik Chi, Cheang Pou-Soi, Law Wing Cheong, Poon Hang Sang, Wong You Nam
Director: Chan Hing Ka, Janet Chun
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2010






Languages: Mandarin
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0
Running Time: 1 hr 45 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: InnoF
orm Media




The story revolves around Spring, a hitman who is on a mission in Hong Kong with his partner Setting Sun. However, Spring falls ill and comes under the care of a nerdy screenwriter Soya. Soya welcomes his new friend snd tells him his sad story involving a beautiful woman, Tian Ai. Spring decided to solve Soya problem by killing Tian Ai. But it turns up to be a mission impossible...


During the viewing of this DVD, we pressed the “pause” button a few times. Not because we wanted to take a toilet break. Not because we needed to take a call. Not because we decided to watch the movie on another day when we felt “more inspired”. We paused the movie because being movie buffs, there were a few very interesting shots of nicely stacked DVDs – we just wanted to take a closer look, to see which of those titles are movies we have seen before.

Ah, the narcissistic nature of reviewers.

This Hong Kong movie does satisfy this egotistical behaviour of ours. And that is the reason why this 105 minute movie is one oddly intriguing comedy that we have to recommend to all you cinephiles out there.

Directed by Chan Hing Kai and Janet Siu, the story’s protagonist is a Mainland Chinese hitman who ends up in Hong Kong with a film screenwriter. The friendship brings the duo on a misadventure that involves a psychotic girlfriend, a pompous film director, a pregnant young girl, and a climatic gunfight showdown. Sounds like a serious drama? Think again. When one of the directors, Chan, has a filmography which includes La Brassiere (2001) and La Lingerie (2007), you can expect anything except serious drama.

It is convenient to pass this movie off as one of the many disposable Hong Kong comedies, but trust us, if you are a fan of Chinese movies, then you will lap this up. There are countless references to Chinese cinema which will have you grinning in glee. One particularly memorable scene involves the hitman using movie titles to tell his personal story (that’s when you’d see the nicely stacked DVDs in several shots), while others include parodies of films like Assembly, Ip Man and Johnnie To’s triad films.

Don’t worry - the parodies are not as senseless as the ones you saw in Vampire Sucks or one of those Scary Movies. In fact, these in jokes are played with a heart, and you can sense the filmmakers’ love for cinema. The warm and fuzzy feeling makes you smile, and want to embrace this unique movie.

Chapman To (Triple Tap), who plays the chubby hitman and Wong Cho Lam (72 Tenants of Prosperity), who plays the geeky screenwriter head a wacky cast in this movie. The pretty Fiona Sit breaks her sweet stereotype to portray a crazy girlfriend, while the equally pretty Kama Law plays the spunky girl who wants to seek revenge on the boy who impregnated her. Joining them are familiar Hong Kong stars like Tsui Ting Yau, Hui Siu Hung, Carl Ng and Wong Yau Nam in some blink and you’ll miss it roles. Fellow filmmakers Lee Lik Chee, Law Wing Cheong, Soi Cheang Pou Soi and Derek Kwok also chip in to play clueless filmmakers in a brilliantly executed scene.

You may not remember much about the story when the end credits roll, but you’d be amazed how much you love cinema, and start going back to the abovementioned scene to check which of those DVD titles you actually own.


The Code 3 DVD contains a Trailer for the movie.


The visual transfer of the movie isn’t spectacular, and it is presented in a dubbed Mandarin audio track. We can only imagine how much funnier the movie is in its original Cantonese audio track.



Review by John Li

Posted on 21 September 2010


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This review is made possible with the kind support from InnoForm Media


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