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No More Love, No More Death
Year: 1993 "Remaster this DVD, now!"
Jacky Cheung
Director: Herman Yau Lai-To
Producer: Taylor Wong Tai-Loi
Action: Yuen Cheung-Yan
Cast: Jacky Cheung Hok-Yau, Rosamund Kwan Chi-Lam, Carina Lau Ka-Ling, Hacken Lee Hak-Ken, Chan Wai-Man, Chin Ho
The Skinny: Totally ridiculous hitman fantasy which can be entertaining in an absolutely ludicrous way. Not really a good movie, but the cheesy antics and over-the-top production design can be watchable.
by Kozo:

     Jacky Cheung and Rosamund Kwan return for this prequel to the 1992 flick With or Without You. Cheung is Prince, the son of crime boss Mr. Pak and a superstar hitman in the underworld. He kills flamboyantly with the help of partner Ching Ching (Carina Lau), who was a gift from Mr. Pak many years ago. Still, despite Ching's constant companionship, Prince longs for a woman he's seen in his dreams since youth. He also longs to kill Dragon (Chan Wai-Man), who was supposedly responsible for taking his mother away. Dragon actually has his own vendetta against Pak, as Pak kidnapped his son many years ago. Not surprisingly, the missing son turns up, and he's now a hitman who goes by the name of Prince. Even more, Prince's dream woman shows up in the form of dancer Tweedy (Rosamund Kwan). Much gunplay and over-the-top emoting follows.
     Herman Yau and Taylor Wong brought us this cheesy 1993 gangland affair which is so romantically silly that taking it seriously risks brain damage. Nothing really makes sense in the world of No More Love, No More Death. The cops (led by Hacken Lee) stakeout Tweedy's apartment in case Prince shows up, but neglect to follow her on their many dates. Tweedy dismisses her attraction to a hitman by saying that "those who kill with violence are not as bad as those who kill with words." And the production design is remarkably cheesy, with costumes that look swiped from Warren Beatty's Dick Tracy movie. Primary colors and polka-dot ties abound, and the cops drive around in standard-issue multicolored Volkswagon beetles. This most definitley isn't the Hong Kong you're used to.
     At the same time, some fun can be had in this deliriously over-the-top nineties flick. The production design and cinematography are overblown to entertaining distraction, and the stars are welcome ones nowadays. Jacky Cheung overacts mercilessly as the too-intense Prince, while Carina Lau and Rosamund Kwan up the eye candy quotient. This can never be considered a good film, as it's too relentlessly silly to be anything other than forgettable. However, as disposable HK cinematic cheese, the movie can prove diverting. Just watch out for the Winson DVD, which looks like it was mastered in Taylor Wong's garage. (Kozo 2002)

DVD notes: • No More Love, No More Death was apparently mastered directly from one of those unsubtitled Star laserdiscs which collect dust on the shelves of rental stores. This is one of the worst-looking DVDs you'll ever find.
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Winson Entertainment
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles

image courtesy of Winson Entertainment Distribution, Ltd.

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