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Tokyo Raiders

Cecilia Cheung, Tony Leung, Ekin Cheng and Kelly Chan raid Tokyo.

Chinese: 東京攻略  
Year: 2000
Director: Jingle Ma Chor-Sing
Action: Ailen Sit Chun-Wai
Cast: Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Ekin Cheng Yi-Kin, Kelly Chan Wai-Lam, Cecilia Cheung Pak-Chi, Toru Nakamura, Hiroshi Abe, Kumiko Endo, Maju Ozawa, Minami Sirakawa, Yuko Moriyama, Pauline Yam Bo-Lam, Kou Shibasaki
The Skinny: Lunar New Year fluff that entertains on the purest of levels. The stars are engaging, the action well-choreographed, and the tone suitably light.
by Kozo:

The monster Lunar New Year hit of 2000 features an all-star cast and all-star hijinks. Tony Leung Chiu-Wai stars as Lam, the toughest private eye in Tokyo. Despite his small stature and broken Japanese, he owns the Tokyo streets with his suave charisma and John Steed-like fighting skills. He falls in with jilted bride Macy (Kelly Chan), who arrives in Tokyo chasing her wayward groom Takahashi (Toru Nakamura of Gen-X Cops). Tailing her is interior designer Yung (Ekin Cheng), whoís after Takashi to settle a debt. Soon their paths cross and mayhem ensues. Various factions are after Macy for reasons not entirely unknown, and it seems that Lam and Yung may have a few secrets themselves.

Disbelief must be suspended during the course of this 2-hour action comedy as the fighting is over-the-top and the characters are beyond silly (Ekin Cheng as a five-time wushu champion?). Eventually the main plot is uncovered, and quite frankly it isnít all that interesting. What saves the movie is action and lots of it. It seems every other scene contains some excuse for a fight or chase sequence. Leung handles himself well during his well-choreographed action scenes, and he even manages to do most of his own stunts. Cheng fakes his fighting pretty well, and he fits his annoying, wacky character to a T. Kelly Chan looks great, which is par for the course for her.

Iím not being too overly critical of this movie, which is another in HKís big-budget action sweepstakes. Iíve begun to frown upon poorly-plotted HK action spectacles, but Tokyo Raiders manages to remind us that itís all in the name of fun. Unlike the ridiculous 2000 A.D., Tokyo Raiders acknowledges its unrealism with the occasional wink to the audience. Director Jingle Ma doesnít inject much unnecessary emotion into the film, and he rarely slows the pace.

The only boring patches are the requisite soul-searching by Macy, who canít understand the loss of her fiancťe. After that, just forget about any cheesy romance angle. Watch for the action, the location (in addition to directing, Ma provides his usual superlative cinematography), and for Tony Leung, who once again shows why he's one of Hong Kong's most popular actors. His charm and easy charisma lets us know from frame one: this is all in fun. And it is. (Kozo 2000)


DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Vicol Entertainment Ltd. (HK)
16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles

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