bizarre action film/existential drama is like Wong Kar-Wai gone
bad. Jade Leung stars as a rookie cop who witnessed her boyfriend/superior
officer's death. She goes undercover but quits the force, and proceeds
to wander around HK regretting her past. Her tortured soul finds
a soulmate in the shady James Pax, who's regrettably a thief and
a vicious killer. Even more, he may have been the guy who snuffed
her late boyfriend, which is a plot detail of no real surprise.
Though the film posseses a typical
genre plot, director Mak Tai-Kit leans heavily on Wong Kar-Wai's
storytelling techniques to engage the audience. This means rampant
voice-over and many arty sequences which only serve to confuse the
audience. The filmmaking eventually rights itself for some normally
shot sequences, but the damage has been done. The "artistic"
atmosphere lends the film an uneasy pretension that only serves
to alienate. Enemy Shadow is occasionally interesting, but
ultimately empty and gratuitous. (Kozo 1995)