Bizarrely, given my penchant for Asian genre films, this was the first Johnnie To film I've got around to seeing. It wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but I quite enjoyed it. Keeping plot to a minimum, the film focuses on style and dark humour to achieve its desired effect. Visually it's stunning and I loved the minimal sound design (although the music was a bit naff sometimes). Its quirky, vaguely surreal moments drew me in too. Unfortunately, with such…
I'm baffled as to all the good press this has been receiving. I found it painfully ham-fisted, filled with groan-inducing 'symbolism' and over-the-top hand-holding for the audience. The race scenes, although shot nicely and containing some incredible sound design, weren't particularly exciting either. Most of the races didn't run on long enough to thrill and the finale blows its load, ending with a whimper. The whole thing is just a cheesy TV style drama (albeit a nicely shot one) with no subtlety or respect to its audience.