Hong Kong take on the traditional innocent-man-chased-by-a-sinister-cabal thriller, with Yuen Biao in the Harrison Ford role, as a man whose wife is killed by mysterious assassin and then is framed for her murder. Gritty and violent and lean. Pat Ha steals the show as the assassin who teams up with Biao when the bad guys target her as well—in a movie full of cold ass motherfuckers, her character is the coldest. After searching for years, I had to watch the terrible transfer on youtube because a DVD has proven impossible to find.
Not just terrible, but also bad. And awful. I don't mind a lot of stupid in my movies, or movies that aren't particularly well made—in fact, you may say that I have a taste for that sort of thing—but the combination of dumb and unwatchable just makes for the worst kind of viewing experience. For example, these are the sorts of action scenes featured in this movie: the filmmakers resort not only to the shakiest of shaky cam and undercranking…
A martial arts re-imagining of Heart of Darkness, shot as if it was a horror flick. Tremendous sound design and motivated lighting effects. This is one of my favourite movies of all time, but it's so intense I can only stand to watch it every couple of years.