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Romancing Bullet

Reviewed by: j.crawford
Date: 07/23/2005
Summary: lots of gunplay and bloodshed, none of it very heroic.

This is yet another movie from Sam Ho [called Samuel Ho in this films credits], who had six releases in cinema's during 2000. Romancing Bullet stars Max Mok who has appeared in numerous HK productions. His character, named AK, wears sunglasses throughout and he is barely recognizable in this role.

Director Ho seems to be only interested in the stylistic issues of filmmaking. He makes a major error in style, creating a huge flaw in the film for this viewer. A major scene in Romancing Bullet involves a 'computer chat' between Mok and Joey Man as their characters try to hook up. The scene consists of close-ups of the actors and the computer screens that show the Chinese text without subtitles. The scene is meant to give insight into the characters but any pertinent information in lost on non-Chinese readers.

Visually, Romancing Bullet is very interesting. Cinematography gets high marks. Mok turns a nice tribute to Chow Yun Fat in his assassin stylings while the director pays homage to John Woo. Plot and storyline can't keep up, as both are just rehashes of many similar films. Performances by Mok and Man are adequate, but the supporting cast turns in laughable performances. Romancing Bullet features lots of gunplay and bloodshed, none of it very heroic.

For a different example of Sam Ho's work as a director, check out Conspiracy [2000].

copyright 2001 J. Crawford

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: Sydneyguy
Date: 05/08/2001
Summary: BAD!!

Max Mox is actually very cool in this but this movie lacks a lot!! It lacks action, a plot!!
The gaps in the plots are HUGE!! It tries to have this internet love sub plot which falls flat on it's face!! Nothing worth watching here!!


Reviewed by: ryanatpoker
Date: 04/06/2001
Summary: Synopsis

AK is the top professional killer. Ching is a newcomer in the assassin field, and is eager to replace the position of AK. She gets her chance when a triad gang hires her to kill AK. But little does she realize, that her best friend in an internet chatroom is actually the man she's been hired to kill.