| The Blood Rules (2000)
Director: Marco Mak
Suet, Michael Wong, Shooky Kwan, Jackie Lui
A professional robbery group, steals the money of
triad gangs. In their final operation, they lose. Under the attack of
both the police and the triad one member is killed. The other two swear
to take revenge.
This movie focuses on a foursome of tough robbers
played by Michael Wong, Lam Suet, Jackie Lui and Suki Kwan. They're
tough, and in the course of their actions, they take a lot of
punishment, while killing a bunch of people.
At one point in quick succession Michael is shot a
few times, takes a thorough pounding and is then run over by a car–and
he still manages to get on his feet! Suki is just as tough–even after
taking a bullet or two she blasts away with her pump action shot gun.
This isn't a huge budget action flick, but
definitely has a flavor of its out. The action is well staged, and the
script is fast-paced, and the dynamics of the plot resemble the earlier
Johnny To action film, "The Mission." The fact that three cast members
from that film are also in this one reinforces that impression.
The four of them are a tightly knit well-oiled
machine during an assignment–and in the opening scene they ably steal
some loot in a bloody well-planned heist. Uncle Lam (Wong Tin-lam) who
gives them their assignments has three rules of conducting business–1.
Never be extravagant, 2. Never show off and 3. Never be a traitor.
Without rules, he explains, the world gets messy. Before the film is
over all three of these rules are broken.
As disciplined as the group is during an
operation, it turns out that their private lives are not so neat and
this "family" is showing visible signs of dysfunction. Michael has a
wife and child but is no longer in love with her–Suki is in love with an
unresponsive Michael–Lam Suet is in love with an oblivious Suki–and
Jackie just wants to "fever" with a whining harridan who has "trouble"
written across her forehead.
Michael thinks it is time to shut down the group for a while–but
Uncle Lam convinces them to do one last job. An easy one he promises.
What could go wrong? Everything it turns out and soon they are on the
run from the cops, from their target and from their betrayer. Running
isn't their only agenda though–so is revenge.
The characters all play out fairly well as they are fleshed out just
enough to make the viewer care about their fates. Wong has a sense of
honor to his family, Suki is tender one moment and a killing machine the
next, Jackie is brash and irresponsible and Lam Suet just wants to go to
Bermuda to swim among the tropical fish with his friends. Those fish
start to look more and more like a far away dream as they battle to stay
alive among a fusillade of gunfire and hired killers.
List Price: US $19.95
Cantonese / Mandarin
English / Traditional Chinese
/ Simplified Chinese / Korean / Malaysia
(Can be played on any DVD player in the
- "Adult Material;
Parental Guidance Recommended" (roughly equal to an
MPPA rating of "R") Films rated Category IIB
contain large amounts of violence and/or nudity and
sexual situations in addition to possible explicit
language and adult situations.