Charlton Heston nor Orson Welles appear in this Hong Kong
crime thriller that possesses the same name as the film classic.
Tony Leung Ka-Fai stars as a really scummy cop who uses an
unusually slutty Rosamund Kwan to get to triad guy Michael
Wong. Leung coerces her into going undercover, but Wong turns
out to be an extraordinarily nice guy. This puts Kwan in an
inenviable position - between a bad cop and a good triad,
with romantic complications thrown in, to boot.
A Touch of Evil was directed
by Tony Au, who helmed the infinitely better Dream Lovers.
This is more of a commerical cop thriller, but the polished
cinematography and sync sound make it seem a cut above the
rest. Unfortunately, the story itself is neither new nor particularly
interesting. Tony Leung turns in fine work as the bad cop,
and Kwan does a remarkably good job with her against-type
role. As usual, Michael Wong is the weak link here. His acting
is wooden, and he also switches between English and Cantonese
constantly, thus driving audiences out of their minds. All
in all, this is a decent effort, but other than strong performances,
the film is forgettable. (Kozo 1995)