The Other Side of the Sea
Once again Michelle Reis takes on the character
of a cold-blooded professional killer (Black Morning Glory being another).
Its hard to imagine anyone looking less like a killer than the ravishing
and pouty faced Michelle Reis but I have to say she looks very chic whether
thrusting a hairpin into a mans jugular or slashing a razor across a mans
throat. And she can take a bullet as well as any professional killer can.
I lost track of how often she gets wounded and keeps going and killing
and still looking so beautiful.
Its a film that is a bit difficult to define
the first hour is generally very lyrical, gentle and character driven
but then in the final thirty minutes it turns into a killing ground
almost ludicrously so as the killing goes on and on. The first part is
actually much better done from a cinematic perspective poetic and refreshing
- but I must say that as unrealistic, overly melodramatic and cheesy as
the second part becomes I enjoyed it more. There was just something about
watching Michelle putting into action her version of population control
that was quite fun silly but fun.
Michelle shows up one sleepy summer day in a small
slow paced fishing village on the island of Lantau. She is on the run,
in hiding and recovering from betrayal and a shot to the stomach. She finds
refuge in a small inn that is run by Vincent Wan a sweet caring man
who quickly falls in love with Michelle. The days go by slowly and silently
and Michelle recovers from both her physical and mental wounds and is eventually
accepted by the village folk. In a few flashbacks her story is told. She
grew up in wartime Vietnam escaped to HK as a teenager and found the
only options available to her were to become a prostitute or become a killer.
She chose the less painful one and joins a Murder Inc. type organization.
After years of killing, she finally has had enough and decides to walk
away from this world but there is no walking away from that life and
they send a loved one to kill her.
Even on Lantau Island though her old life catches
up with her and she returns to HK to try and get a passport so that she
can leave. The killing begins. Lots of it. A seemingly endless supply of
hitmen are sent after her (headed by Xiong Xin-Xin) and very few make it
home for dinner. The streets of HK are littered with dead bodies but no
one seems to really notice. Michelle is great killing from every conceivable
position sliding backwards down some stairs, leaping into the ocean and
while locked to a bed even manages to make it into a deadly weapon and
kill a few people with it. Remember beds dont kill people people do!
And it even gets more ridiculous as Michelle
once again retreats to that small town finds solace in the arms of Vincent
and then the killing begins again. An army of bad guys shuts down the entire
town as they search for Michelle. The best cheesy part has to be when Michelle
and Vincent find themselves surrounded by more gun toting men than at a
NRA convention and both are bleeding profusely from more bullet holes than
you want to count and they begin whispering sweet nothings to one another.
So you are a killer. OK so you have killed nearly 200 people in your
life OK in the last day or two I still know you are a good person and
I love you. Its that kind of movie. I just go with it and dont question
the absurdity of it all.
My rating for this film: 7.5