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黑色城市 (1999)
Black City


Reviewed by: mrblue
Date: 06/25/2011

There is no credited screenwriter for this film, and after sitting through the DVD, that fact is not shocking in the least. City of Darkness seems to be working under the "flying paper" style, where the story and dialogue are pretty much made up on the fly. Things uttered in one scene don't connect to the next, which, when combined with this movie's atrociously translated subtitles, is going to leave your average English-speaking audience member vigorously scratching their head in a state of perplexion.

Thankfully, though, as the better low-budget martial arts productions will tend to do, the film-makers wisely place City of Darkness' emphasis on fisticuffs, and a lot of them. Most of Donnie Yen's relatively short appearances in the movie revolve around him popping into a scene, busting some bad guys' heads, and then going off to do some more pull-ups. This isn't Yen's best work by a long shot -- there is too much in the way of camera trickery such as under-cranking used -- but seeing him go toe to toe with guys like Billy Chow and Ngai Sing make City of Darkness worth the price of admission.

Reviewer Score: 6

Reviewed by: Inner Strength
Date: 04/14/2002
Summary: BAD

No surprise nobody has watched this, it's simply awful. Read what 'sydneyguy' said about, I totally agree.

Rating [1/5]

Reviewer Score: 2

Reviewed by: Sydneyguy
Date: 03/09/2002
Summary: Very, VERY bad

OH man what the hell did they make this movie for.

Very bad script, in fact so bad it was CRAP!! The only reason they so called plot was in there was to see the fight scenes, and they were sped up and looked terrible. Some of the wire work was seen!!

What little i do remember about the plot was 2 kids have this magic stone or something and the bad guy will do anything to get it back. But don't quote me on it!!

This is like a amatuers film. Donnie yen is only in there to fight!! He's got hardly any dialogue.
What a waste of Billy Chow too.

Trust me, do not waste your time to watch this. You'll regret to have waste your time!!

0.5/10