Somehow this film manages to be almost as odd
as its title. I never did figure out what the title was referring to
there is no Tink but the film certainly is filled with ungrateful characters
that you would be unwise to ever turn your back on.
One gets the impression while watching this
film that the filmmakers likely had no idea where it was going from day
to day basic scriptwriting done by the seat of your pants Hong Kong style.
The film is just all over the place scenes begin and sometimes go nowhere
others are gone before you even knew they were there - characters are
introduced and then when the writers cant think what to do with them,
they kill them off (or perhaps the actors had other commitments!). This
sort of fast food filmmaking tends to break down a film from time to time
and the pace of the film suffers seriously. I sat there wondering if this
film was ever really going to end or would all the characters have to
be killed off first. Just about but then in the last ten minutes the
film catches a second wind and barely makes it to the finish line still
on its feet.
By now Anthony Wong could play his character in
his sleep and at times it looked like he was as he is a cop straddling
the world of the law and the shadowy world of the triads. Though basically
a decent sort, he still takes bribes and favors from the wrong people.
He thinks he has it all figured out that he can play both sides of the
game he knows just how far he can go but he doesnt realize that he
is playing in a pool along side some hungry sharks. He gets caught
in a dangerous vortex created by the ambitions of a young triad member
(To Tai-yue) that Wong considers a friend and a young cop that Wong is
a mentor to.
In the background are two women who are perhaps
the most intriguing aspect of this film. One is like a triad Lady Macbeth
(Celia Sze) urging her man on, while the other Wongs girlfriend for
much of the film seems to be little more than a flower vase, but shows
some deadly thorns when her interests are at stake. This is the second
film in which I have seen this actress (Lam Mei-hing) in (the other being
Francis Ngs girlfriend in Bullets over Summer) and both her looks and
her thoughtful performances in smallish roles have been impressive.
Somewhere in this muddle lies the potential of
a good film perhaps, but the director never quite finds it. There are moments
when he seems to only to have it slip from his grasp once again.
My rating for this film: 5.5