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Off Track
Year: 1991
Jacky Cheung and Loletta Lee
Director: Cha Yuen-Yee
Action: Blacky Ko Sau-Leung
Cast: Jacky Cheung Hok-Yau, Max Mok Siu-Chung, Loletta Lee Lai-Chun, Ellen Chan Nga-Lun, Wu Ma, Lung Fong, Wong Chi-Yeung
The Skinny: Passably interesting triad/street racer drama which lifts clichés from many Hong Kong films before it. Not surprisingly, IT ALL GOES TO HELL.
by Kozo:

     It's fun for the whole family as Jacky Cheung and Max Mok race rice rockets through the streets of Hong Kong. Cheung is Lui, a bastard triad who's a racer supreme in his tricked out compact car. His rival is Joe (Max Mox), a too-cute mechanic who's hot for Lui's sister Ann (Loletta Lee). Lui's triad activities are a point of contention for Ann, as well as Lui's girlfriend Katy (Ellen Chan). Even more annoyed at Lui's criminal life is his dad (Wu Ma), who also happens to be a cop. Still, Lui continues to do what he does best: race cars, run drugs and get pissed at anyone who cares about him. When his race with Joe leads to the inevitable complications, he comes to question his bad lifestyle. Meanwhile, Joe and Ann begin to date in the most melodramatic way that the filmmakers can muster.
     Standard triad clichés abound in this triad melodrama that's more overwrought than it needs to be. Jacky Cheung goes postal with his acting by glowering constantly and occasionally hitting his co-stars. Loletta Lee fares better, but the paces she's put through aren't very compelling. The love between Ann and Joe is over-the-top and given to forced clinches and slow-motion kisses. Maybe this was primo stuff twelve years ago (when the movie was released), but now it just looks cheesy and old. Unlike some of its contemporaries (A Moment of Romance comes to mind), Off Track doesn't have much to offer besides some effective car stunts (including one particularly painful-looking stunt where a cop goes flying over Lui's hood) and lots of face time for nineties faves Jacky Cheung, Loletta Lee, Ellen Chan and Max Mok. Also, the film's climax is so over-the-top depressing that some people may find some entertainment value in it. The overused drama doesn't really require everything to go to hell, but the filmmakers go for it anyway. Considering the fact that none of the characters were very likable, their tragic excess is oddly gratifying. (Kozo 2003)

Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Winson Entertainment
Pan and Scan
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles

image courtesy of Winson Entertainment Distribution, Ltd.

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