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Mad Stylist
Year: 1997
Director: Steven Yip Tin-Heng
Cast: Wong Hei, Hilary Tsui Ho-Ying, Annie Man Chung-Han, Michael Wong Mun-Tak, Kent Cheng Juk-Si, Joh Chung-Sing
The Skinny: Interesting little Category 3 chiller with likable psychotics.
by Kozo:
     A grisly and morally unrepentant Category 3 product, this serial killer flick is surprisingly interesting. Wong He is Dee, a nice guy who was pushed around as a kid. Back then he had a compatriot in May, who protected him by threatening other kids with her predilection for cutting up animals. 
     Years later, Dee tries to become a hair stylist, but he just can’t get it right. He trembles, messes up, and loses jobs. Furthermore, his mean co-workers pick on him. One day, when he gets framed for messing up, May shows up again, except now she looks like Hilary Tsui. The two find that their special bond remains, and then they go and kill people. Dee kills and dismembers the bodies, but not before coiffing them up with his latest Dennis Rodman ‘do. 
     One day, a retarded girl (Annie Man) witnesses Dee disposing of a body. He’s instructed by May to off the girl, but he ends up taking a liking to her. It seems that he sympathizes with her vulnerability. May doesn’t feel the same and you can see this conflict coming a mile away. Michael Wong and Kent Cheng are the cops who try to crack the case. 
     What makes the film interesting is the appealing actors and the almost endearing psychology behind their sick perversions. The film owes more than a tip of the hat to Natural Born Killers (a poster even shows up in May and Dee’s home), in both subject and style. A lot of quick cuts and traditional montage are employed, making the film somewhat arty (or overbearing, depending on your taste). The film doesn't eventually head anywhere new or noteworthy, but it still may be worth a look. However, it's definitely not for everyone. (Kozo 1997)
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