This overblown mess of an action film and crime-thriller
was pretty enjoyable due to it's bloody violence and overall trashiness.
Supposed to be the Great Big return of John Woo to the crime action
genre this is a re-make of a 1976 japanese crime-thriller and
it takes place in Japan where a middle-aged chinese lawyer suddenly
is chased by everyone, professional killers and the police.
It's a bloody and violent mess seemingly filled with every film cliché
Woo has ever used in his many films. Stupid, loud and trashy.
This John Woo film is based on the novel "Kimiyo
funnu no kawa wo watare" by Juko Nishimura and the japanese film
made on it ,
and besides mandarin also japanese and some broken english are spoken
in the film.
The chinese about 40 years old corporate lawyer Du Qiu
(Zhang Hanyu) attends the 65th anniversary of Tenjin Pharmaceuticals
in Osaka, Japan. He has won many lawsuits for the company and the old
president Sakai (Jun Kunimura) wants him to stay, but Du
Qui wants to quit and start over in the US. But, he knows too many company
secrets to be allowed to leave, so ....
Yamura and Duqui
the next morning he finds a dead woman in his bed. A
trap has been set, and soon he's on the run chased by a corrupt japanese
by the good guy cop Satoshi Yamura (Masaharu Fukuyama) and by 2 female
professional killers, Rain (Ha Jin Woon) and Dawn
(Angeles Woo) the latter one of them played by John
Woo's daughter (and i may be a pervert but i found her strangely attractive).
Will the good supercop Yamura befriend the fugitive?
Will they, and never before seen in film history surely (irony), become
Will the middle-aged corporate lawer Duqui suddenly turn into a super
fit á la elite soldier action machine? No, no, could never happen
DVD presented in anamorphic widescreen and with a DTS
5.1 or DD 5.1 mandarin audio with some japanese and english spoken too,
and with english subtitles. Extras: 13 minutes of Behind the scenes
featurettes without subs and some trailers