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Walk In

Reviewed by: JohnR
Date: 01/13/2007
Summary: Quintessential Hong Kong Cinema

Walk In is the kind of movie that could only have been made in Hong Kong, and therefore I think most Hong Kong movie fans will enjoy it. Is it supernatural horror? Action? Comedy? Romance? Yes, yes, yes, yes. It has all the strengths and weaknesses that make me love HK movies.

Wu Chien Lien fans will enjoy her portrayal of a guy (or an old tom cat?) occupying the body of young woman, sitting cross legged in a desk chair chomping on cigars. Unfortunately, she's not in for long enough; it's too bad they couldn't have found a way to get her character more involved. But when it comes to WCL, I'll take whatever I can get!

The rest of the cast does well. I particularly enjoyed Ada Choi's performance as Chicken's sister; she appears to have graduated magna cum laude from the Chingmy Yau School of Comedy Acting.

The "walk in" of the title refers to one person allowing another's soul to take possession of his body at the time of death. It doesn't necessarily make much sense, just go with it. The plot sets up because a police officer becomes paralyzed from the waist down and takes over the body of a guy in a coma who he thought was an innocent bystander caught in a crossfire, but turns out to be a small time crook and big time jerk. At this point, he has to win back the affection of his girlfriend, who isn't physically attracted to his new body, sort out relationships with the guy (Chicken's)wife and two concubines and his sister, dodge the triad, and take revenge for Chicken on the guy who left him in the coma. Whew!

It's a lot of fun. Recommended.

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: mehaul
Date: 02/28/2005

Well done movie with an interesting story line. Nice combination of eeriness and humor. The ending seems a like it was tacked on. 8/10

Reviewed by: Kevin Chan
Date: 01/17/2002
Summary: Bizarre

Walk In melds together horror/comedy/drama/action seamlessly but manages to pull it off. I'm not quite sure what it is but this movie has a nice quirky charm to it. The double decker bus chase is one of those really cool moments that you'd think somebody would have thought of for a action sequence but haven't - well it's here. Worth a look.

Reviewed by: Sydneyguy
Date: 08/08/2001
Summary: Suprisingly good

Though i am not 100% sure about all that goes on in this movie, i still found it quite entertaining.

It's a movie about a policeman who puts his soul into another mans (Chicken is the name) body after a accident. He in return vows to solve the problems of the mans' (Chicken) body he has taken up, but things are more complicated that he thinks!! He takes over a man (Chicken) who is a bit of a bastard!! At the same time the bad guys are looking for Chicken coming knocking at his door, but they find this new Chicken
to be a bit of a suprise. Confused??

Though it has a super natural beginning the rest of the movie has no special effects. This is by no means a action movie either, though the last part with double decker buses chasing after each other was ok to watch. It only earns it's Cat 2b rating because of these violent scenes, but i think if the scriptwriter thought more carefully he could of made it a better movie. The violent parts seem unneccessary in this movie and effects the flow of the movie. It would of been better if they just made this into a romantic comedy!!

Apart from this flaw the movie was entertaining to watch. Danny Lee does well in his duel roles!! All the others play their parts well!!

A interesting movie with a new twist which should leave you satisifed!!


Reviewer Score: 8

Reviewed by: hktopten
Date: 12/21/1999

An entertaining film, though the film would probably be more interesting if more time was spent with Ng Sin Lin's character. Still, it is definitely worth a watch if you want to see something fun and different for a change.

Reviewed by: shelly
Date: 12/09/1999

Does HK cinema really need another film featuring "Tell Laura I Love Her"? Some fine acting let down by a messy script. A spooky beginning, featuring spectral body-switching, eventually resolves into a farce. There are nice scenes of Danny Lee, "inhabited" by Dayo Wong's character; Wu Chien-lien is underutilized, again. There might be some connection between its new age theme of bodies suddenly possessed by alien souls, and HK's own experience with re-possession. But the film is scattershot: headed in too many different directions, it cancels itself out in the end.

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

Greedy and cowardly loser Tung Gai refuses to be looked down uponand agrees to join his village brothers in a major robbery. On the day of the crime, they encounter police officer Alex. In the crossfire Tung Gai is shot by his brothers and Alex is seriously injured as well. After emergency surgery, Tung Gai becomes a vegetable and Alex is paralyzed from the waist down. Originally he wants to die, but later after help from a "higher power", he begins "Duet Se"--moving his soul into the body of Tung Gai. Although the move is successful, there is always something unexpected......

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