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Her Name is Cat
Year: 1998


DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Mei Ah Laser
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 5.1
Removable English and Chinese subtitles

Director: Clarence Fok Yiu-Leung
Producer: Wong Jing
Action: Adam Chan Chung-Tai
Cast: Almen Wong Pui-Ha, Michael Wong Mun-Tak, Chong Wing, Lam Kwok-Bun, Kenix Kwok Ho-Ying
The Skinny: Excessive over-the-top action nearly redeems this otherwise derivative and even embarrassing action picture from Wong Jing.
by Kozo:

     If there’s a person left in HK who remembers how to make “authentic” HK Cinema, it’s director Clarence Fok. Her Name is Cat is a hyperstylized, hyperemotional action thriller that serves up blazing guns and furious fighting in equal doses, all the while dishing out an outlandish plot.
     Amazonian Almen Wong is Yin Ying, a mainland assassin who works out relentlessly. After she takes out a few mob bosses, she finds herself under investigation by hard-boiled cop John Cannon (Michael Wong, in a near-parody of his other hard-boiled cop roles). The two begin a strange courtship where they investigate each others lives in the most blatant Chungking Express rip-off ever. Wong Jing (who wrote and produced) must have gone gunning for archenemy Wong Kar-Wai, because he uses his techniques like handheld camera, jump cuts, and self-conscious voice-over in an almost egregious way.
     However, unlike those [better] films, there really isn’t that much character to develop here. Yin Ying and John Cannon are composed of clichés, not real stuff that fleshes a character out. Their relationship is even worse; almost zero suspense exists in what’s going to happen between these two. Meanwhile, Yin Ying’s employers and the cops eventually go after her. There’s really only one way this can end: sadly.
     Overall this film is sloppy and overdone, with monster plot holes that could swallow that asteroid from Armageddon. Clarence Fok’s direction nearly saves this ridiculous picture, but he goes so overboard that it enters the realm of silliness. As soon as someone gets impaled by a cross, you know what you’re in for. It’s hard to find anything to connect to in such a manufactured piece of trash, but this is stylized trash, baby! Not to be indiscriminating, but it’s nostalgic to see something that channels what we used to love about HK Cinema.
     As she showed in The Group, Almen Wong has a good fighting female presence, more than making up for Michael Wong’s stiffest acting in years. This is trashy entertainment, but not spectacular trash like Cheap Killers, which is hyper-emotional HK trash par excellence. By the way, Clarence Fok directed that, too. (Kozo 1998)

image courtesy of The Hong Kong Movie Database Copyright ©2002-2017 Ross Chen