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Walk In
Year: 1997 "How many fingers am I holding up?"
Dayo Wong and Danny Lee
Director: Herman Yau Lai-To
Producer: Nam Yin
Action: Bruce Law Lai-Yin, Dion Lam Dik-On
Cast: Danny Lee Sau-Yin, Wu Chien-Lien (Ng Sin-Lin), Yu Li, Dayo Wong Chi-Wah, Ada Choi Siu-Fun, Wan Yeung-Ming, Yvonne Yung Hung, Law Koon-Lan, Bau Hei-Jing, Shing Fui-On, Ng Chi-Hung (cameo), Emil Chow Wah-Kin (cameo)
The Skinny: Entertaining little multi-genre movie works thanks to engaging performances and effective direction from Herman Yau.
by Kozo:

This multi-genre flick is a true surprise. It starts off with Wu Chien-Lien as an unhappy young woman who offs herself, only to suddenly come back from the dead. It seems she used some Taoist technique called the “Walk In,” which allows her body to be used as a vessel to some wandering uneducated soul. Flash forward to Dayo Wong as a young cop who gets injured during a bloody robbery and loses the use of his legs. Frustrated, he begs the now wise Wu Chien-Lien to teach him the secret of the Walk In and allow him a better life with his cop girlfriend (Yu Li). To do so, he needs a proper vessel - so he chooses the catatonic Chicken (Danny Lee), a stuttering loser who was shot during the same robbery that took Dayo’s legs. In return, he promises to avenge Chicken for his injuries. 

At this point, the film suddenly veers totally off course. What looked like a supernatural horror-thriller becomes a situation comedy with Dayo learning how to cope with his newfound life, including his three wives (including Law Koon-Lan and Yung Hung), his wacky sister (Ada Choi), and his triad brother who shot him (Wan Yeung-Ming). What’s amazing about all this is the fact that the film manages to be entertaining despite the tone changes and HK-typical hijinks. Part of this lies in the mismatched cast, from against-type turns from Danny Lee and Wu Chien-Lien to a delightfully cute, wacky performance from Ada Choi. The film eventually devolves into the standard HK movie with an action ending, but there’s some fun along the way. Kudos to Herman Yau for this entertaining little flick. (Kozo 1997)

Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Mei Ah Laser
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles

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