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The Runaway Pistol    (2002)
It's an independent and provocative movie produced by Andy Lau's production company Team Work and Andrew Lau. The story is told from the point of view of a gun made in the thirties and that still kills people around. The gun passes from a hand to another travelling from HK to Mainland China. Each day, when it is on the market and still potentially dangerous, is punctuated by the 'funny fish tank' show on TV. HK and China are apparently filled with ferocious animals: pimps, whores, punks, a husband beating up his wife, another one killing his wife's lover, child kidnappers. Nobody is safe, since even the lady who's used to report on TV with a smile the worst atrocities is involved. The well-written script, the gritty look of all, the pounding music and an average but still good enough production value prolong the suspense all the way. Runaway Pistol is a dark and pessimistic film far from the yuppie preoccupations constantly showed in many HK movies. Director Lam Wah-chuen proposes an uncompromising point of view on some people whose moral and principle have been worn thin or put to the test. The overexcited bunch realises that the gun is indeed an attractive tool to gain power or a useful mean to quickly resolve problems. But by showing exclusively weak and selfish and amoral people, the director just implies that there is only this type of person left in HK. Some HK directors took part to the movie as actors, such as Soi Cheang and Wilson Yip.
Thomas Podvin 1/15/2003 - top

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