Although not one of Hung's classics, this is still streets ahead of what the critical reviews have said. The film has obviously went through some rewrites since then, as I can't see Chan playing the type of role that Lau plays here. The plot of the film steals somewhat from movies like " Man on Fire" and the "Man from Nowhere", with Hung as a retired Civil Servant protecting a young girl.
In this case it is local triads, who Lau, the child's father, owes money too. Some reviews have complained about the lack of action in the movie. There's an excellent chase sequence with Lau and a number of gangsters, that is only let down by being a bit short, then a fight between Sammo and some thugs who come to his house. Then there is the extended finale, with Hung taking on a group of gangsters. Unlike the comedic fights Hung used to take part in, this is just brutal, with multiple limbs being broken. Unfortunately most of the actors on the posters only appear in the film in limited cameos, which is a shame.
This isn't a fault of the film, as i'm sure Sammo had nothing to do with the advertising. On the performance side, Sammo is his usual self. His fans won't be disappointed. Lau is also good, in the only other lead role of the film.
Only Lau could turn a somewhat waste of space, into a likable character. Lau also acts as the films producer. On the directing side, Sammo shows his skill behind the camera, and although his action scenes are more edited that in the past, his choreography still shines through. Only drawback is his overuse of a blurry slow-mo effect which can be somewhat distracting. Visit Prime Video to explore more titles.
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Rate This. When her life Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung. Writer: Jun Jiang. IMDb's Guide to Horror. Top 10 Action Movies of Ultramagnetic MC's. Martial Arts. Sammo Kam-Bo Hung. Use the HTML below.
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Set in a fascinating low-life milieu where the street cultures of China, Korea and Russia intersect, the story unfolds at a measured pace. As director Sammo styles the film in a hazy dreamlike fashion, matching offbeat visuals with snappy storybook narration to match Ding's fragmented state of mind. He takes care to establish the tender, mutually-supportive relationship between ailing old man and neglected child before busting out his still-devastating kung fu moves. Fans will doubtless relish watching the portly yet uncannily lightning fast badass flip gangsters through broken glass or snap bones in x-ray vision a la Sonny Chiba in The Street Fighter Andy Lau, a rare superstar willing to lay his ego aside to play a sleazebag supporting role, lands his own brief but exciting suspense sequence ripping off the Russian mob.
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Yet just as impressive as the action is Sammo the actor's achingly sad portrayal of a confused, melancholy, vulnerable old man grasping at the remnants of his failing mind. Always one to expand the parameters of martial arts cinema, Sammo has his strongest acting role here since Heart of a Dragon and delivers a more subtle and nuanced turn. If the core relationship is unavoidably sentimental, the film to its great credit does not sugar-coat the awful reality of living with dementia. Jiang Jun's screenplay pinpoints a lot of the insensitivity and in some cases outright abuse and exploitation faced by real-life sufferers as Ding's failing mental state makes him a target for swindlers and a pariah amongst his family.
As a thriller the film suffers from wayward momentum along with a few narrative inconsistencies including a silly end credits sequence with rising star Eddie Peng that feels like a sop to stringent mainland Chinese censors. Yet compensating for these rare lapses are the often poignant moments rich in character interplay and disarmingly weighty drama. For example Ding's last ditch attempt to reconcile with his estranged daughter by way of a pleading phone message is deeply affecting.
Amidst the heart-wrenching drama Sammo finds room for fun including a selection of crowd-pleasing cameos sure to delight seasoned fans of HK cinema. Karl Maka his co-star in fan-favourite Skinny Tiger, Fatty Dragon , visionary filmmaker Tsui Hark and trailblazing actor-producer Dean Shek portray a trio of old neighbours that serve as a kind of wisecracking Greek chorus. Plus Sammo's junior brother Yuen Biao pops up in an all too brief supporting role. The film builds to a grand centrepiece brawl faintly reminiscent of a key scene in The Equalizer although more explicitly referencing Sammo's thematically similar social 'dramedy'-cum-kung-fu classic Pedicab Driver An old Sammo Hung movie would have ended on a freeze frame after the last villain fell.
Here however things move past the showdown, detailing an emotionally shattering aftermath with no fairytale resolution beyond the steadfast resolution to soldier on through life as best we can.
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