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Ransom Express
Year: 1998
"Why do you make so many crappy movies?"
Alice Chan talks to Anthony Wong
Director: Francis Nam Chi-Wai
Producer: Tony Leung Hung-Wah
Cast: Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Alice Chan Wai, Eric Wan Tin-Chiu, Lam Chi-Ho
The Skinny: Useless and dead-tired Hong Kong remake of Run Lola Run.
Review
by Kozo:
     Completely obvious rip-off of the German arthouse sensation Run Lola Run. Alice Chan (who looks like Anita Mui) gets the Franka Potente role as Ruby, a woman who must run all over the place to scrounge up some dough. The reason: her boyfriend (played here by Eric Wan) owes money to a bigtime gangster, but he loses the money enroute. Since his life is probably on the line, Ruby must make a mad dash to amass the correct amount of money - with ninety minutes as her time limit.
     The big hook of director Tom Tykwer's original Run Lola Run was its use of three thirty-minute scenarios to illustrate possible outcomes for Lola and her boyfriend. That, and Franka Potente's energetic performance, made the film an exhilirating winner. Ransom Express expands the time limit to ninety minutes, which - despite being not that much time - seems to bloat the experience. It would be bad form to say that Alice Chan runs slower than Franka Potente did, but she sure seems to! As such, the winning energy of the original is lost, and the uncompelling characters and limp acting don't help things either. Anthony Wong makes an appearance in probably his one-hundredth film role of the year. (Kozo 2000)
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Winson Entertainment
Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles
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