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綁架黃七輝 (1993)
Kidnap of Wong Chak Fai

Reviewed by: STSH
Date: 01/30/2006
Summary: Great cast and script but .........

...... um, I don't know. This one just didn't grab me.

I think the problem was where the sympathy should lie. In kidnap dramas, one usually sympathizes with either the victim or the kidnappers. The victim, in this case, is a grasping and even venomous miser, and I could feel nothing for him except annoyance. The motivation of the kidnappers is understandable, but I found it just as hard to sympathize with them either.

With a cast like this one, perhaps I was expecting too much. Paul Chun overacts as the miser who is kidnapped, as do some of the support cast, though Kent Cheng does his usual fine job.

Given that this a crime thriller, I was disappointed at the small amount of action. The script intended to make this a thoughtful drama with less action, but the thoughtfulness seems to have been largely lost.

The best I can say is that this crime thriller is competent but below average.

Reviewer Score: 3

Reviewed by: spinali
Date: 12/08/1999
Summary: NULL

A broad, derivative, but well-acted thriller. Porky OfficerChing (Kent Cheung) unravels the ingenious kidnapping just prior to his retirement, then gets swindled by the very man he saved. Now, it's time for revenge, and Ching's successor must stop his former boss before it's too late. The mouth-to-mouth resuscitation scene is a gas.


[Reviewed by Steve Spinali]

Reviewer Score: 5