by Kirk Wong and based on a real-life kidnapping case, this gritty
Police-procedural thriller lacks just about every Jackie Chan trademark
known to man - no slapstick (or humour in general), no extended
fight scenes, no out-takes etc... Well, you may ask, why did I bother
buying this DVD then? Quite simply, this is one of Jackie's best
films precisely because it ISN'T a Jackie Chan film.
by any means, as the picture suffers from graininess throughout.
However, the worst aspect is the condition of the print, which makes
you wonder whether the source material was stored in a shoe-box!
In quite a few scenes, the number of scratches and blemishes is
incredibly noticeable, and does become distracting at times.
Whilst there's nothing inherently wrong with the sound mix, I do have a minor niggle - On the Cantonese track it's very apparent that J.C. didn't dub himself in post-production, and as such, we're presented with a rather weedy-sounding voice actor, which I found at odds with the character being portrayed. Apart from this small point, everything else was fine, with none of the echo, or "tinny" sound, found on earlier M.A. releases.
are very good, and although not word perfect, they translate all
written Chinese (which seems to be a rarity with HK DVD's), and
appear clear and sharp.
This is a strange film, hated by some, loved
by others, and in this regard, I find it difficult to recommend
it to everyone.