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The Shootout
Chinese: 危險情人
Leung Ka-Yan, Aaron Kwok and Fennie Yuen
Year: 1992
Director: Michael Mak Tong-Kit
Producer: Jackie Chan
Writer: Edward Tang
Action: Leung Ga-Hung
Cast: Aaron Kwok Fu-Sing, Lau Ching-Wan, Leung Ka-Yan, Fennie Yuen Kit-Ying, Tsui Kam-Kong, Yuen King-Tan, Ngai Suet, On Tak-Juen, Ng Ching-Mau, Timothy Zao
The Skinny: Fun early nineties Hong Kong crap.  
 
Review
by Kozo:

Jackie Chan produced this cheapie that provides fun over-the-top action at the expense of everything else. The Shootout stars Aaron Kwok as Ka-Fai, a weenie cop who gets dragged into a violent case when evil thieves make off with bunches of dough. Ka-Fai manages to catch one of the thieves by mistake, but botches things when the evil gangleader (Tsui Kam-Kong) rides his bike into the police station garage and kills the accomplice.

Ka-Fai isn't punished for his error, but he and a silly policewoman are assigned to guide two expert cops on the case. The "expert" cops turn out to be bickering ex-partners Lau (Lau Ching-Wan) and Ma (Leung Ka-Yan), who spend more time acting wacky then doing actual policework. Luckily they have a couple of leads and a plot that's designed to make their jobs 800 times easier. Ka-Fai is enamored of karaoke singer Min (Fennie Yuen), who he meets in a grocery store. Luckily, she's also the girlfriend of bad guy Tsui Kam-Kong, but Ka-Fai doesn't discover this until he's gone AWOL to follow her. Thanks to his timely policework (or stalking activities), our wacky band of cops is able to regroup in time for a violent finish.

This early nineties action comedy should never be confused with a good film, as it epitomizes the productions of the day: cheap, quick and messy. The comedy is largely uninspired, and any semblance of plot or character is absent. Aaron Kwok is at his most cute space-wasting, while Lau Ching-Wan shows some signs of his later charisma, but these are pretty much routine performances. Only Fennie Yuen actually appears to be acting, though you have to wonder if her effort was appreciated in a movie this messy. If this film were made today we would call for the filmmakers' heads.

However, with rose-colored glasses in place, The Shootout turns out to be good, albeit minor fun. The film possesses an eager-to-please cheapness and hyperrealistic energy that should prevent you from taking it seriously. The action is gritty and over-the-top, with acrobatic gunplay and lots of painful-looking impact. Also, the mindless comedy manages to be occasionally amusing, with a few fun gags sprinkled here and there. Sadly, the filmmakers are guilty of some poor political correctness, which may bother some modern audiences. Still, the sort of stereotypes on display were standard issue in those days. Unless you find Aaron Kwok distressingly annoying, you should be able to have some fun with The Shootout. (Kozo 2003)

 
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Fortune Star / Deltamac
Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles

 image courtesy of Deltamac Co., Ltd.

   
 
 
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