Going into nearly any film the viewer has to be
willing to suspend belief to some degree and often be willing to accept
some film cliches. This is perhaps even more true with many HK films because
they often employ amazing leaps of logic or have scripts that leave enormous
plot holes for the director to try and dig himself out of in the two week
production time. But there are limits to which a viewer should not be willing
to go and this film simply pushes the credibility factor beyond any reasonableness.
One would have to believe the world was the size of my NY apartment for
all the coincidences to take place as they do and that the characters were
all dropped on their heads at birth. I sat there watching the plot unfold
with growing disbelief at how inept it was and what a waste of the talents
of Cherie Chung, Jacky Cheung, Paul Chun Pui and Pauline Wong it was.
And yet for the first five minutes I had hopes!
A crystal orb is stolen from a safe and then sold to an antique dealer,
Chun Pui. This orb seems to have some magical powers as it flashes and
dazzles when the lights are turned off. But it is never revealed what they
are and why everyone is after it. OK I can accept this a McGuffin as
Hitchcock termed it is a well-known cinematic device used recently in
Pulp Fiction. It is used simply to get the story going. Now Chun Pui needs
pictures of this orb to show someone else interested in buying the stolen
property and like all fences do he hires a random commercial photographer
- Jacky Cheung to come to his house and take pictures. What a wonderful
idea creating photographic evidence of your crime and a witness to boot!
Now on the way to Chun Puis house Jacky spots
Cherie on the street and snaps her picture and later puts it on his wall.
Jackie then takes some pictures of the orb and after finishing goes to
visit a friend in a gallery where sure enough Cherie is standing about.
Again he snaps a picture. There are some other villains out to get the
orb and their main instrument of death is Pauline Wong. I am getting
to like Pauline the more I see her. She has an air about her that gives
the promise of a touch of sleaze, a taste of sex and an edge of danger.
Her smile is simply wicked and inviting.
Well, she gets the orb and then for some reason
finds it necessary to also get the negatives from Jacky why this is important
we never find out and develops this ridiculously elaborate plan to get
them. Maybe they should have just asked him first! But no lets frame
him for a murder send him on the run and mess with his mind. So he
comes home to find a dead body in his studio of course he doesnt call
the police but starts running like hell a few people chase after him
and he runs into a club. And who should be sitting there? Take a wild
guess. Yes, Cherie Chung and is she involved somehow in all of this?
take another wild guess!
And it only gets worse at one point thinking
that Cherie is dead Jacky departs grief stricken for San Francisco and
whom should he run into there? No dont even guess any more! By then my
finger was edging towards the fast forward button and it was all I could
do to stop myself. Everyone in this film is an idiot Jackie would not
be able to spot a setup if he were sitting on it. Perhaps the only stupider
people are ones like myself who watched it all the way through!
Not to be completely negative both Pauline
and Cherie looked fabulous - though the above poster picture of Cherie
in the swimsuit does not actually take place. Ah, thats it maybe there
is another version out there in which all this would be explained and make
perfect sense sure and its right next to the tooth fairy!
My rating for this film: 4.0