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The Man from Holland

Reviewed by: Frank Lakatos
Date: 09/28/2005

Man from Holland, made in early 1986, this movie was one of the last low budget independant Hong Kong productions to star notable HK actors, such as Philip Ko, Chan Wai Man, and Ray Lui. Philip Ko(looking a bit thinner and ripped than his early 80's and old school days) was in his prime, and everybody is serious, but the director wasn't serioes, and the script, direction, and pacing limit the entire casts' potential. What's even worse is that the Ocean Shores VCD's reception is terribly dark, whihc makes scenes that are a bit dark unviewable, just a total black screen at times. Besides an embarresing perverted cameo by John Ladalski, who ties up and paints on a nude woman on a beach, a transvestite gweilo hitman, and a finale that is so dark it is unwatchable, nothing really happens in this movie. There is one fight scene in the day with Tommy Cheng and an interesting music score, but that's it.
Everybody is wasted. *1/2/*****

Reviewed by: STSH
Date: 02/16/2004
Summary: Below average

There's a fair bit of action here, but the quality of the fights ranges from so-so to almost good. The story is an awful mess, meandering between three or four sets of characters, with action then revenge then counter-revenge and so on.

On the plus side, there's a good cast who try hard, and some well-chosen background music from the Alan Parsons Project and Midnight Express. There are a few sex and nude scenes too, but it's discreet nudity only - in one scene, the delicate line is preserved by a well-placed bunch of grapes.

I can't really think of any particular reason to recommend this film. It's far from awful, but that's not enough.

Reviewer Score: 3