3 January 2002 | modius
Chow cooly says goodbye to Hong Kong
As one of the most recognised and coolest actors around, Chow Yun Fat is a master at facial expression, and his presence in such herioc bloodshed films as "A better tomorrow" and the magnificent "Hard Boiled" make him great to watch.
In this film, Chow plays the god of gamblers, a sort of card shark who has retired to France with his wife and child to be. Unfortuently a master gambler wants to play Chow in a life-or-death match, and forces him into gambling with him by killing his wife and child to be.
Chow goes after the wannabe-god of gamblers with help from various sources and with lots of guns, charm and sophistication that you expect from Chow.
Saying goodbye to Hong Kong audiences, Chow gives a masterful performance, espcially in the glossy, expensive gambling ending with a masterful twist that gets you thinking back over the course of the film.
Unfortuently the film relies too heavily on Chow and the John Woo, two-gun action and not enough on the other characters. Although there is plenty of comedy to get through the scenes, they feel slow and unmoving.
Fortuently towards the end, the characters are welcomed and respected. But the action scenes lack the depth of a John Woo feature nor the danger of Ringo Lam films.
Without comparing this film to other movies by other movie directors, this film is quite a good film, but an average movie is nothing more than an average movie.
Don't buy the DVD version, as this version, although in widescreen, has very few features.