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極道追蹤 (1991)
Zodiac Killers

Reviewed by: mrblue
Date: 02/04/2005

This dark and depressing movie can't seem to decide whether it's a Wong Kar-Wai character study or John Woo actioner. The basic plot revolves around some Chinese students studying in Tokyo. The first half (the WKW part) deals with the characters' feelings of loss in being so close, yet so far from home, and then when Chung starts dating a Yakuza, the movie develops into your typical action/crime movie.

The two genres really don't mesh together well, especially when the whole movie moves at a snail's pace. It really didn't help matters any that I didn't care about the characters at all; they aren't even interesting to watch.

This is an interesting experiment and a noble effort that ultimately fails in its' execution.

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Reviewed by: ABCkid
Date: 04/18/2003
Summary: Spoilers

For some reason, the movie was kinda enjoyable until the end. The ending sort of pissed me off. Andy Lau just got on the boat and left!? We see Cherie Chung get pushed into a train and we see Andy's friend get slaughtered on the docks as Andy's sailing away. But as soon as I expected him to get revenge on the bad yakuza guys, the credits already started rolling. That's it!? But besides the disappointing ending, it's a alright on the run, fugitive movie.

Reviewed by: STSH
Date: 03/15/2000

I liked this movie, but I can't quite pin down why. The two lead characters are entirely unsympathetic, and the story often changes character focus at random.
However, I found the scenic tour around Tokyo quite charming. I think it was the range and quality of the characterizations which really got me. The gravel-voiced Yasuaki Kurata is always a joy to watch, even in the small role of Ishikawa. And veteran actress Kyoko Kishida manages to be hilarous, pathetic and sympathetic in one brief appearance as the old geisha who is way past her use-by date.
Despite their unlikeable characters, there is an attractive chemistry between Andy Lau and Cherie Chung, and between Lau and his two buddies.
The pacing, like the story, is all over the place. It goes from leisurely character development to screaming domestic drama, back to pleasant scenery, then violent gang-fights and so on. But I found this worked very well.
Overall : a little offbeat, and warmly recommended.

Reviewer Score: 8

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/21/1999

Tokyo's Shinjuku District is the tragic setting where severalChinese students are caught up in Japan's underworld.

[Reviewed by Tai Seng Catalog]

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

Zodiac Killers sounds like a mass murderer movie from the title, but it has nothing to do with either killers or the zodiac. It's about some HK girls who are going to a school in Japan and get mixed up with prostitution and gangsters. The film is eminently forgettable. It's main virtue is being filmed in Tokyo, IMHO.

[Reviewed by Anonymous]