Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Run And Kill

Run And Kill - 1993 - Hong Kong - Action/Revenge

Mr. Ng, AKA "Fatty" is a downright silly, fun-loving character.  He loves his wife and young daughter, and seems to lead a pretty good life.  But that all changes quickly when he catches his wife cheating on him. Confused, upset and broken, Fatty goes to the local bar to drown his misery with tequila.  In a drunken stupor out on the alleyway behind the bar, he accidentally stumbles upon his words, and hires someone to murder her despite the fact the cannot pay the hefty fee charged by the assassins.  A large group of criminals, including a ruthless and unstoppable madman Ching Fung, played by Simon Yam, do everything in their power to get rid of Fatty and everything he holds dear.  Fatty must fight till his last breathe to save himself and his family despite overwhelming odds!

The action in Run And Kill is completely over the top and hyper-violent.  In traditional Hong Kong style, fight scenes are of grand scale. and include people flying about the screen, kicking punching shooting and stabbing at breakneck pace. There's plenty of bloodshed and arterial spray, as well as a few shockingly creative kills.  This all leads up to an epic, one on one showdown to the death finale, which is my favorite part of the film by far.

The lead performances are all great and highly entertaining.  Kent Cheng gives it his all as Fatty, a highly enjoyable, over the top and immensely physical performance, which manages to evoke a few good laughs with his facial expressions alone.  Simon Yam is also great as the depraved madman  Ching Fung, certainly an intimidating actor.  The Inspector is also played by well known Hong Kong actor Danny Lee (from John Woo's The Killer and video nasty The Untold Story).

The DVD is the only version available to the US, unfortunately it is not without its issues.  Not only are the subtitles badly translated at times, but they can be pretty hard to see during certain brightly lit scenes.  Don't let this deter you from grabbing it though, its a massively entertaining action movie and well worth your time, grab a copy.  Certified gem.

Plot - 7.5/10
Action - 8.5/10
Blood n' Guts - 5/10
Acting - 8/10
OVERALL - 8/10

Fatty makes a fateful drunken decision in an alleyway.
 A creative kill.

 Ching Fung takes out the trash.

...And ventilates an entire room.
 A standoff.
One of Fatty's great facial expressions

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