I never quite figured out why this film was titled
Run as there is no running that I can recall. Perhaps it was a warning
to the viewer as in RUN - dont walk - away from this video before it
is too late! As soon as you see that it was filmed on videotape, you can
be fairly sure that you are in for a bad time. But I trudged on anyway
because the film does have the buxomly Diana Pang Dan and as a public service
to her many fans I thought it was my duty to slog through it. Can I get
Sainthood for this?
From my limited viewing (though others may conclude
that it is way too much!) of Pang Dan films they seem to generally fall
into two categories. Those in which she reveals a great deal of herself
and I dont mean her personality and those in which she is almost the
girl next door sweet, devoted and fully clothed. Needless to say, I have
a preference for the former type and in films such as Evil Instinct and
The Imp she can be quite entertaining in a gauche sort of way.
Regrettably, this film is in her girl next door
mode and it is pretty awful for the most part. I give Pang Dan some credit
though she really tries here to rely on acting as opposed to cleavage
and she gives it everything she has. It is kind of like watching your
kid in the school play it may be terrible but you are kind of proud
of her for trying so hard. Here Pang Dan cries, grieves, rages and laughs
the whole gamut of emotions and then in the final fifteen minutes fights
savagely for her life. Even so this is still a very bad film.
In the opening scene a crooked boss kills Pang
Dans cousin and gets rid of the body. Pang Dan starts arduously searching
for her missing cousin. In fact she walks all over HK looking for her
and it is almost a walking tour of HK and somehow Pang Dan manages to
change outfits six times during this walk! Not knowing the boss is a crook
and a killer Pang Dan starts working for him but eventually discovers the
truth and this leads to the final fight.
Now this final fight is a complete hoot as Pang
Dan takes on a professional killer and a few of his lackeys and uses both
kung fu and some Chow Yun Fat gunplay to get the better of them. This fight
goes on forever as people get knocked down, get up, kick someone, shoot
someone, get knocked back down and so on.
My rating for this film: 4.0