A retired bodyguard who suffers from early dementia finds a new friend in a young girl. When her life is threatened by her father’s connection with a local crime lord. The bodyguard must call upon his long forgotten skills to save her.
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Sammo Hung's first directorial effort in almost twenty years is also one of the most idiosyncratic and auteurist Hong Kong action films since Tsui Hark's "Time & Tide" in 2000. Behind the camera, Hung experiments with the framerate, X-Ray effects, and animation, but the heart here is the story - full of humor, melancholy, joy, and violence, and one that feels like a personal statement from the venerable performer.
The scripting might be under written and the action a little sparse in the first half but the battle royale Hung has crafted for himself in the finale is quite stirring despite age and speed. A perfectly good vehicle for Sammo Hung entering his twilight years.
Bittersweet but a wonderfully cathartic experience to see an actor-director with as much panache as Sammo Hung crafting an late-period masterwork with elegiac undertones. The cuts within each fight scene carry an emotional weight as we witness the limitations of an actorly body dedicated to expressing continuous physical movement.
Personally I prefer Johnnie To's Vengeance, which has a similar narrative strain, but then again, quite different simultaneously. Otherwise the film has its moments, especially the absurdist humour that runs throughout (the chase sequence is hilarious!). For some reason it kept reminding me of Hanna-Barbara adventures.
Ok for those who know nothing about the advertising campaign and just love Sammo Hung movies then, boy o boy are you in for a treat, because Sammo goes all Heart of the Dragon on your asses, and in a good way, this is without a doubt Sammo Hung's Tour de force. check out full review here http://www.easternfilmfans.co.uk/?p=4046