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Genre: Drama
Starring: Eason Chan, Gia Lin, Wen Jun Hui , Eric Tsang, George Lam
Director: Derek Kwok
Rating: PG (Some Violence)

Year Made: 20087




- Trailer




Languages: Mandarin
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 Letterbox
Sound: -
Running Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Region Code: PAL 3
Distributor: InnoF
orm Media




Wang, a twelve-year-old child with learning difficulties, a weird janitor Dui and a subsitute teacher Miss Cheung meet at a school setting. Chemicals ignite among them and without aware of the influence they lighten up each other's lives. What they do not know is Dui is instructed to assassinate Wang and Miss Cheung's mission is to protect Wang. Finally a bloodcurdling battle at the school begins...


It’s getting increasingly difficult to survive in showbiz these days. You need to have more than one talent to make your presence felt amongst the countless rising starlets. Which is probably why, we are seeing acclaimed singer Eason Chan more starring in movies these days. His latest screen outing is this drama directed by up and coming Hong Kong director Derek Kwok.

Together with Lung Man Hong, they pen this tale of three lives coming together in the most unexpected ways. A janitor (Chan), a young boy (a very adorable Wen Jun Hui) and a teacher (a lovely Gia Lin from Blood Brothers) bond together in a relationship which makes for a good Hallmark moment. Of course, things are not what they seem because the janitor is really a hit man ordered to kidnap the boy so that his gang leader father will come out from hiding. And in a more than coincidental plot development, the teacher is also a hit man assigned to protect the boy.

The 90 minute movie has been screened at different international film festivals and has clinched quite a few awards. This means the movie can’t be all that bad, especially when the cast includes the reliable Eric Tsang (Dangerous Games, Kung Fu Dunk), George Lam (we will always love his Guinness Stout advertisements and his bushy moustache) and Siu Yam Yam (Run Papa Run), who won the Best Supporting Actress at this year’s Hong Kong Film Awards.

However, there is nothing really groundbreaking here if you are expecting to be blown away. There is the usual mobster element, the expected warm and touching adult-child moments and the nicely lit mood scenes to complement the competent performances. O Sing Pui’s (Hollywood Hong Kong) cinematography gives the movie an appropriate dark and moody look which increases the viewing pleasure. The confident editing and the appealing visual effects by Cedrick Chan (Hero) also affirm the quality of the movie. These signature Hong Kong cinema moments seem like a collection of elements you have seen from elsewhere before.

Nevertheless, this movie is still recommended for its engaging plot pacing and commendable acting from the cast members. This movie is considered to have earned its place in one of the better Hong Kong productions we have seen in a while. Credit goes to director Kwok, of course, for being able to bring the best elements of Hong Kong cinema together.


This Code 3 DVD contains only a Trailer.


The disc’s visual transfer complements the O’s beautiful cinematography, while there is only a Mandarin audio track available.




Review by John Li


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