Jet Liâ€™s latest is a curious film. Itâ€™s an action comedy about Fu (Jet), an ex-soldier who gets hired by a low-rent triad (Eric Tsang) to chase a $100 million dollar hit: to kill the King of Assassins, who was responsible for the murder of a powerful Japanese crimelord. Thing is, everyone and their brother is after the reward, including the Japanese guyâ€™s son, whoâ€™s damn intent on getting that 100 million for himself.
Fu seems to have the ability to get the job done, but heâ€™s too damn nice, which is a perfect fit for Jet Li the actor. This is actually the best character Jet Li has played in a while, eschewing his humorless acting for a gentler personality. This film effectively dodges the previously inescapable Jet Li bullet: no personality. Eric Tsang and Jet Li make a good team, with Tsang edging Li in the acting department. However, Li isnâ€™t too bad, and we hear his real voice for the first time.
Gigi Leung shows up as Tsangâ€™s daughter, a budding lawyer who takes a small shine to Fu. As always, sheâ€™s incredibly cute but she doesnâ€™t do all that much. Simon Yam is on board as the cop intent on catching all the hitmen entering HK. There are some good action sequences that are weighed down by a sometimes confusing and slow plot. But, this film has a definite HK charm that it deserves credit for. This isnâ€™t a thrill-a-minute exercise, but itâ€™s quite worthwhile, especially for the chemistry between the actors. (Kozo 199
Awards: 18th Annual Hong Kong Film Awards
â€¢ Nomination – Best Action Design (Stephen Tung Wai)
Director: Stephen Tung Wai
Producer: Gordon Chan Car-Seung
Writer: Chan Hing-Kai, Vincent Kok Tak-Chiu
Cast: Jet Li Lian-Jie, Eric Tsang Chi-Wai, Simon Yam Tat-Wah, Gigi Leung Wing-Kei, Ng Chi-Hung, John Ching Tung