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Cheap Killers
Year: 1998
Alex Fong and Sunny Chan
Director: Clarence Fok Yiu-Leung
Producer: Wong Jing
Cast: Sunny Chan Kam-Hung, Alex Fong Chung-Sun, Kathy Chow Hoi-Mei, Stephen Fung Tak-Lun, Lillian Ho Ka-Lei, Henry Fong Ping, Guk Fung
The Skinny: This film is unoriginal and uninspired, but it's also glorious trash that recalls eighties Hong Kong Cinema.
by Kozo:
     The glory days of heroic bloodshed are recalled in this hyper-emotional action picture thatís unoriginal and uninspired - but itís the best example of this bygone HK genre in a long time. 
     Sunny Chan is Yat-Tiu, an upcoming triad hitman whoís partnered with Sam Cool (Alex Fong). The two share a close relationship thatís disturbed by Ling (Kathy Chow), a wanton woman who beds Yat-Tiu - then betrays him. Of course revenge comes into play. Stephen Fung shows up as a righteous cop who helps our battered duo - and theyíre definitely quite a duo. 
     The homoeroticism in this film is contained by a paper-thin barrier; Sam and Yat-Tiuís relationship is so overtly homoerotic that they could have called this flick Killing Together. Director Clarence Fok gets so emotional that it borders on the comic. If you see this in a theater, get ready for some nervous laughter. Our heroes arenít outed as gay, but you could never tell by all the homosexual imagery that gets thrown up on the screen.
     The actors help out a lot; they throw themselves into their overwrought roles with real gusto. Alex Fong displays his usual integrity and intensity as Sam, even when it involves cradling the crippled Yat-Tiu and crying in desperate sorrow (a moment thatís sure to elicit a few laughs). Sunny Chan tries to ape Chow Yun-Fat and does a reasonable job. Kathy Chow goes from an earthy sexiness to a sinister sexual predator - sheís probably the most clichťd character in the film but Chow manages to pull it off. 
     On the more cathartic side of things, the excessive violence is sure to please the red meat-eaters in the audience. This is the type of movie where the good guys wear white, limbs get blown off and people stagger around after taking about a trillion bullets. Donít get me wrong: this isnít a great film. Cheap Killers is trash, but itís thoroughly entertaining trash.(Kozo 1998)
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Universe Laser
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 5.1
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles
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