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Modern Heroes

Reviewed by: mrblue
Date: 10/26/2005

This early role for Chow Yun-Fat casts him as a rookie cop who steps on his superiors' toes by sticking to the law and suffers the consequnces as a result. I really don't have much to say about this movie -- it tries to be be both a comedy and a drama, but fails at both and manages to be extremely boring in the process. If you're a die-hard Chow Yun-Fat fan and want to see a look at the early part of his film career, you may want to check this movie out. But be warned that Chow displays little of the charisma and personality that would make him one of Asia's top actors in later years.

[review from www.hkfilm.net]

Reviewed by: STSH
Date: 11/24/2001
Summary: Curiosity value only

Extremely silly and quite poorly made. Seems to have been made before the great Chow had found his poise and cool, he appears to have been directed to make himself and the police look like idiots. For the first 2/3 of the film, the result is pretty tiresome, despite some great talent in the supporting cast.

The story sort-of begins to gel around the 2/3 mark, especially as Bruce Leung comes out from behind his sunglasses and reveals himself to be the main support actor. This is the resolution of the sub-plot concerning a rich blackmailing solicitor, which culminates in an extended fighting/action sequence. Maybe the overwhelming stupidity got to me, because I found the odd mixture of stuntwork, weird props (motorized toys which fire live ammunition, for instance) and comedy to be extremely funny and quite entertaining.

Overall, probably only recommended for diehard fans of Chow and Bruce Leung, and the odd maniac who, like me, loves to spot familiar faces of often-seen support actors.

Reviewer Score: 3