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End of the Road
Year: 1993
Director: Chiu Yen-Ping  
Cast: Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Ng Man-Tat, Rosamund Kwan Chi-Lam, Jimmy Lin, Ray Lui Leung-Wai, O Chun-Hung, Yip Chuen-Chun
The Skinny: Shoddy war movie that attempts drama - though unsucessfully. With a cast like this, you'd expect something better.
by Kozo:
     Chiu Yen-Ping (the poor man's Wong Jing) directed this dour war movie which attempts to be a weighty drama - and instead becomes only a passing distraction. Set during the Burmese-Communist War, the film details the trials of various Chinese stuck in war-torn Thailand. Ng Man-Tat and Jimmy Lin are friends/comrades-in-arms, and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai is a scummy soldier who goes turncoat and goes to work for Ray Lui and his drug cartels. Rosamund Kwan appears as Ng Man Tat's woman (lucky guy!), but her past is both hidden and potentially dangerous. What Chiu was trying to do with this film is obvious, but his direction is so ham-fisted and prosaic that viewing the film is like being bludgeoned with a ball-peen hammer. Eventually, he tries to make a point, and does: life sucks. Though that's a valuable lesson for all the impressionable tykes out there, this film is hardly the medium in which to share it. Ultimately, End of the Road isn't horrendously awful, but it's still a long way from being good. (Kozo 1996)
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Mei Ah Laser
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
English and Chinese Subtitles
image courtesy of The Hong Kong Movie Database Copyright 2002-2017 Ross Chen