Mabuse’s empire of crime reimagined as a lethal syndicate of Club Med resorts.
1922: “I am the state within the state.”
1990: “I’m a travel agent.”
A totalitarian vulgarity.
Almost as if Soi Cheang heard the concept of "heroic bloodshed" and thought someone meant it literally (the first heroic blood drive movie?)
The fights here are aces: brutal, fast, and expressionistic, but with total clarity of movement and space. Cheang just shoots the hell out of this thing. It's easy to see what he picked up from To and company--the cavernous use of widescreen, the breathless plotting, making Louis Koo look terrible--but it's also very much a confirmation of…