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Zodiac Killers
Year: 1991


DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Mega Star/Media Asia
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 5.1

Removable English and Chinese Subtitles

Director: Ann Hui On-Wah
Producer: Eric Tsang Chi-Wai
Cast: Cherie Chung Chor-Hung, Andy Lau Tak-Wah, Shek Tin Sun Yut, Tou Chung-Wah
The Skinny: A questionable title highlights this downer thriller/drama from Ann Hui that purports to actually mean something. What it means is a mystery, however.
by Kozo:

     This thriller drama set in Japan has Chinese New Wave written all over it, which is no surprise as Ann Hui directed it. Cherie Chung stars as a Chinese student in Japan. In the day, she goes to school. At night, she's a part-time bar girl. Everything seems fine until her Yakuza boyfriend gets offed, leaving her with some vital info to pass onto his boss. However, she finds herself on the run and without much help. The only person she can turn to is Andy Lau, who has a thing for her. Still, they're in over their heads, as the nihilism of their situation sets in. Where can they go, what can they do? Somehow it all leads to the desolation at the heart of the modern Asian soul, or something to that effect. Simply put: IT ALL GOES TO HELL.
     This is a noble effort containing an interesting story, but the hour-long set-up really sort of drags. And what's the purpose of the film? To make us feel bad? If so, then good job Ann Hui! This is a definite change of pace from HK's usual shoot-em-up and wacky gag-a-minute stuff. As such, it's definitely not for everyone and may end up frustrating or even angering those who tune-in to watch Andy Lau and Cherie Chung act together. Local audiences probably found the film unbearable, and given the film's complete lack of buzz, it must not be too popular with the international art-house crowd, either. (Kozo 1996)

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