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Killing End
Chinese: 殺科
Loletta Lee and Andy Hui
Year: 2001
Director: Herman Yau Lai-To
Producer: Raymond Wong Bak-Ming
Writer: Herman Yau Lai-To, Simon Lui Yu-Yeung, Yu Wing-Man
Cast: Andy Hui Chi-On, Loletta Lee Lai-Chun, Simon Lui Yu-Yeung, Sharon Chan Man-Chi, Michael Tse Tin-Wah, Ng Ting-Yip, Alfred Cheung Kin-Ting, Shing Fui-On, Chin Kar-Lok
The Skinny: Uncommon drama/thriller from Herman Yau. While the film does nothing especially new, the solid story and acting make this a worthy, albeit minor HK flick.
 
Review
by Kozo:

The team behind Nightmares in Precinct 7 returns for more! Herman Yau directs from a script written by he, Simon Lui and Yu Wing-Man, and the result is a remarkably decent drama/thriller. Andy Hui is Dik, a righteous policeman who appears to be the odd one out in his precinct. The majority of his co-workers are in the pocket of triad kingpin Master Fai, son So Wai-Fai (Michael Tse) and lieutenant Naja (Ng Ting-Yip). Dik is determined to bust Fai, but is beset on all sides. Things take a turn for the worse when So Wai-Fai extracts debt money from Dik's partner Lung (Simon Lui). Dik accidentally kills So, and even though the court pardons him, Master Fai is not so forgiving. Meanwhile, Dik forms a relationship with the emotionally unstable June (Loletta Lee), who he meets when she vandalizes So Wai-Fai's car.

The rather standard plot can easily be seen as average and even perfunctory, but the gang of writers and director Yau wring more than a few surprises out of it. Dik's predicament is slowly revealed to be an inexorable spiral of events which can only have one outcome. As much as he'd like to escape things, he's weighed down by the people he cares about - and his own righteousness. Director Yau keeps things moving with an uncommon attention to character and plot, and leads Andy Hui and Loletta Lee bring an inordinate amount of gravity to their performances. Killing End is really nothing more than a standard noir thriller, and eschews the style or flamboyance that Hong Kong thrillers usually employ to jazz up things. However, the plot and actors are involving, and the detours into darkness can prove compelling and even a little disturbing. Though his name is more associated with freaky exploitation (The Untold Story, Ebola Syndrome), director Herman Yau has long been one of Hong Kong's more competent and underrated filmmakers. (Kozo 2001/2002)

 
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Modern Video
Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
English and Chinese Subtitles

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