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Bloody Friday

Reviewed by: mrblue
Date: 02/09/2002

Simon Yam starring in a video nasty? You have to be kidding! At any rate, even though this is not one of Yam's better known efforts in the genre, it is a solid effort, even though it may not quite be what a viewer might expect, especially given the title.

The plot has Yam playing a cop after a serial killer who takes out his victims on Friday (hence the title). However, there is really little "bloody" here. Don't get me wrong -- the movie is plenty violent in parts, but it is tamer than some of Yam's other films like Dr. Lamb. Bloody Friday is more of a "cat and mouse" chase movie versus an exploitation one, and it's pretty effective in that regard. There are enough twists to keep the viewer on their toes, but not so many as to make the film convoluted, and Yam's performance provides the glue that holds it all together. Bloody Friday is recommended for Simon Yam fans who want a little thinking to go along with the killing.

Reviewed by: PAUL MARTINEZ
Date: 05/30/2001
Summary: High Recomendation

I was extremely happy to see other favorable reviews for this film. A very well paced and at times intense movie. Don't want to give too much away as this is one of the only HK thrillers I can remember which actually kept me on my toes till the end.

Simon Yam who is usually hit or miss as his performances go is definately on here. Inconsistant performance from Rachel Lee but overall good.

Well disguised plotline kept me guessing which is what it's supposed to do. In my opinion one of the best of the genre.

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: OC_Gwailo
Date: 03/16/2001
Summary: An entertaining diversion

Simon Yam plays--what else?--an on-the-edge Hong Kong CID officer who must find the "Friday Killer"--a dual-sport motorcycle-riding, black leather-clad enigma--before he strikes again.

The Friday Killer's victims of choice are HK prostitutes (and the occasional cop's wife who just happens to look like one); when a firecracker named Maggie is targeted, Yam must protect her.

You'd think it would be pretty easy to knock a guy off a motorcycle, but not when he (or she, hint-hint) possesses physics-defying bike handling skills that put "Mission:Impossible 2"'s Ethan Hunt to shame.

An interesting diversion with a surprisingly good ending.

[review from HKActionFilms.com]

Reviewed by: STSH
Date: 07/26/2000
Summary: Excellent !

There's a heart-pounding set-action-piece early on in this flick, involving a couple of motorcycles in a steelyard. We were left gasping. And the standard and pace never slacken after that.
Simon Yam does fine in the role of a cop who's chasing a clever and cruel multiple killer, and the tension only increases when his work colleagues, then his wife and child are in danger of becoming the next victims.
The climax is an on-top-of-your-seat nailbiter, and the final few frames top it off gaspingly.
A definite must-see.

Previously published review:
Excellent. An always-helmetted motorbike rider is committing brutal murders unchecked, and always while the police are closeby. The rider is completely reckless, lucky and skilful. The first big chase/fight sequence, in a building site, is simply breathtaking. We had to watch it again straight away ! A friend commented "If that's the opener, what are they going to do for the finale ?". The killer keeps getting more bold and brazen, taunting the lead detective (Simon Yam) and giving him clues to the next victim, and expressing disappointment at their stupidity. The spectacular bike/stunt/chase scenes continue, and they
never disappoint. Eventually, Yam discovers his wife and daughter are to be the next victims. While trying to save them, he find out how the killer has been able to get away with it. Story not totally absorbing or believeable, but rates high on the rollercoaster index. Just enough rest stops to get your breath back for the next spectacular stunt and outrageous plot twist.

Reviewer Score: 10

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

A series of homicides all occurred on Friday, the victims are allyoung call girls, Mak Kei is the only witness. Serious Crime Unit detective Cheuk Hung has accepted this case, on the one hand protecting Mak Kei, on the other to completely involve himself into finding "Friday Killer", endangering his wife and daughter. Mak Kei tries to save Cheuk Hung's family, only to have Cheuk Hung mistaken her to be the killer......

[Reviewed by Next Magazine]