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檔案X殺人犯 (1997)
The Hunted Hunter

Reviewed by: ButterflyMurders
Date: 06/06/2002
Summary: OK, it's not that bad after all

After a period of a few years, I caught this film again. And I've also found an old review I wrote for it, which I think is a bit harsh.

The acting isn't bad actually. I thought the Fillipino actor was quite good as the international cop. Yuen Biao is once again a brave, heroic character (is it me or are all of his major film roles been these sorts of characters?) and as usual he does fine.

At times "The Hunted Hunter" can actually be mildly entertaining, despite a thin plot and some stilted dialogue. One of the more glaring plot inconsistencies is Wu Ma's role as a villain. His appearance, motives and connection to the proceedings is not well explained, and it feels like his character was tacked on as an afterthought. Then again, the plot was never much to begin with. So, who cares? It's a fight film :)

The blurred slow-mos on second viewing aren't actually all that bad. Or maybe I got used to them, who knows. Thankfully they don't carry on for long, although I still don't see the point for them. Some people use blurred slow-mo to convey beauty, for instance. I don't see how the director was trying to convey anything...except perhaps that Yuen Biao is getting old and can't fight as well as he used to? God forbid that reason.

But generally there are some good fight scenes, especially the finale free-for-all. It's not as bad as I first thought it was...but it's still not good either. 4/10

Reviewed by: ElectraWoman
Date: 10/28/2000
Summary: 2/10-Low budget action flick

Isn't it scary to know the climatical fight is held on a display ship? Yes, I think they were pretty tight on cash.

Anyways, the plot. Yuen Biao is a security officer (hmm, not a new role for him) in the Phillipines who is convicted of a murder he didn't commit (that sounds familiar, where have I heard it before?). He escapes to Hong Kong and hunts down the real killer.

There's not much plot, is there? Of course, there are films that have little plot but work because they are furiously paced, and there's so much action going on the audience doesn't notice til afterwards. With this, however, there's little going on, and so it stretches the threadbare plot to breaking point. The director seems to have convienently forgotten that Yuen Biao has one of the most athletically gifted bodies in the business, and resorts to slow-mo (!) shots during the fight sequences (!!). While slow-mo shots sometimes have great effects, it DOESN'T work when they're put in half-way through a manuvoer (pardon my spelling). Also, the acting skills of most involved is about equivalent to a mosquito. My advice-move on, there's nothing to see here...