Director: Ronnie Yu
Writer: David Wu, Ronny Yu
Producer: Ronnie Yu
Cast: Brigitte Lin, Leslie Cheung, Elaine Lui Siu-Ling, Yammie Nam Kit-Ying, Francis Ng, Law Lok-Lam, Pau Fong, Eddy Ko Hung, Joseph Cheng
Running Time: 90 min.
Hmmm…well, not quite as banal as I expected, but still annoying in several respects.
For starters, just about everything is blue.
Also, the villainess is one of those Saturday morning cartoon types who laughs manically at two things: 1) nothing, and 2) everything. The action is preposterous, and not in a good way; in addition to the typical wire stuff, people get decapitated and chopped into pieces by a whip. That’s right, a whip. Worst of all, the “wolf girl” falls in love with the golden-hearted hero for no reason at all. She tries to off him twice, then they start lip-wrestling. He did save her life, but if she’s supposed to be such a stone-cold killing machine, where does her sense of gratitude come from?
I won’t say it’s totally worthless, though. The script is OK in parts, the conjoined twins were an interesting touch, Brigette Lin has a regal on-screen presence even when she’s getting beaten down by a hundred people at once, and there’s more polish here than in many other HK flicks. It’s definitely over-rated, though. If you feel you MUST see it, do so for a change of pace, not because of its cult status.
Numskull’s Rating: 4/10