“You’re making this up!”
words: desmond “neo” childs
What could be scarier than an ax-murderer, or a crazed, gunman with nothing to lose? How about a genius tactician who trusts no one, takes pride in his work, and covers his tracks? Not that scary, you say? C’mon, use your imagination! Now, imagine you’re riding a bike. Suddenly a soccer ball bounces right out in front, causing you to lose control. You crash into some trash cans which spill over a bucket of water right onto the batch of wires running along the edge of an electric socket. Zap! Kaboom! You just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, right? Accidents happen, even fatal ones. No one would ever suspect a group of assassins lurking within the shadows of the city; waiting, watching….manipulating.
Directed By: Pou-Soi Cheang
“I knew you’d betray me!”
Pou-Soi Cheang has directed a dozen films and has also appeared as an actor in nine pictures. I recognized his name because he’s helming a new epic in 2013 called, The Monkey King. His more recent projects include Motorway (2012), Shamo (2007), and Dog Bite Dog (2006). His first gig as a director was on the film, Faat gwong sek tau. If you would like to learn more about this guy’s filmograhpy, click here for the IMDB.com webpage. In regards to his style or touch, Pou-Soi Cheang did a great job here adding suspense to otherwise routine shots and takes. The main character suffers from a bad case of paranoia, and the camera really cuts corners and tip toes around tight scenes and sets; making it all the more tense. Open shots of the market place, or street featured quick cuts, and rapid motion which only enhanced the fear of our protagonist getting caught. I’m not going to give letter grades or number ratings, but I totally bought what Pou-Soi Cheang and cinematographer, Yuen Man Fung were selling!
“Why did you do this to us!?”
The life of a killer for hire can be scary. Aside from needing a somewhat strong stomach, you really have to make sure you have all bases covered. No loose ends. Because the smallest trace of evidence left at the scene, could find it’s way back to you in the form of law enforcement. Or worse. Your boss. Or worse-er (I know), the other bad guys! So how does one prepare for something this dangerous. Well, the main character in this film doesn’t really get a backstory; so we assume he went through quite a bit to be where he is. Regardless, he is an effiecient, killing machine, and with the help of his team; always seems to get the job done. That is until something goes wrong. You know, like an accident happens and the crap hits the fan. I’m not talking about being caught. I’m talking about events that the average bystander couldn’t explain; reshaping the outcome of what was thought to be a controlled experiment of sorts. And because of that, people get killed. In the accident, and you have to abort your mission.
Now that you were unsuccessful in completing your contract; you become paranoid. It doesn’t help that someone has broken into your house. Or that one of your old partners seems to have moved on and is taking on other contracts without. And your other partner, well, he suddenly doesn’t seem all that right “upstairs”. Now what? These events together reform the pysche of an otherwise brillant, man. Before the “accident”, he never wavered or faltered. His team just did the job, and collected the dough. No questions asked. The rest of the movie can be described as either a man seeking revenge for the murder of his comrade, or the downward spiral of an already frail pysche. Is he being targeted next? Was what happened, really an accident?
As usual, the movie is available on Netflix Instant watch, although I don’t know when it’ll expire (if it does). My suggestion would be to watch it now, so that you don’t have to worry about that. Check out the trailer below: