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Comeuppance
Year: 2000 "With this pen, I shall take over the world!"
The pen is mightier than the sword: Jordan Chan
Director: Derek Chiu Sung-Kei
Producer: Johnnie To Kei-Fung
Cast: Jordan Chan Siu-Chun, Patrick Tam Yiu-Man, Sunny Chan Kam-Hung, Wu Xing-Guo, Lui Kwok-Wai, Joe Lee Yiu-Ming
The Skinny: Off-beat crime thriller from director Derek Chiu is an enjoyable diversion. From the dependable Milky Way Film Group.
Review
by Kozo:
     Milky Way crime thriller earns its pedigree thanks to a quirky script and direction. This tale of an errant vigilante is entertaining, well-written, and an enjoyable little movie that only suffers in its lack of emotional pull (though the same could be said of the majority of the Milky Way canon). 
     Sunny Chan is the cop chasing uncommon serial killer Patrick Tam, who one day kills off a scummy triad on almost a whim. Liking the aftermath, he proceeds to plan his next few killings much to the dismay of the local triads. Meanwhile, reporter Jordan Chan makes the real-life crime drama the fodder for his crime fiction serial. Before long, Tam begins using the fiction to fuel his own plans, and soon Jordan is concerned that he may be responsible. 
      Enter Wu Xing-Guo as a Taiwanese crime boss whos determined to use Jordan to off Patrick before hes the next victim. And the cops are closing in, too. What you would expect at this point is a big blow-out as all the related parties finally meet in a stand-off of John Woo proportions. Well, thats exactly what we dont get, and the film is better for it. 
     Whats enjoyable about this movie is the unique approach to the archetypical characters, who are developed quite well. We learn more about the characters through incidental interaction and not soul-searching monologues. Director Derek Chiu manages to put away his bag of obvious filmmaking tricks and deliver a low-key experience highlighted by some deadpan humor and an offbeat tone. One of the more underrated films of 2000. (Kozo 2001)
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Mei Ah Laser
Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 5.1
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles

image courtesy of Mei Ah Laser Disc Co., Ltd.

   
 
 
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