| Help !!! (2000)
Director: Wai Ka Fai
Cheung, Ekin Cheng, Jordan Chan
This film is a dark comedy that deals with the
bureaucracy that doctors must deal with to perform the simplest tasks in
order to help their patients.
Yan a new young doctor is tired of seeing the
terrible state of the hospital where she works. It seems the doctors
don't care about the people anymore and she wants it to change. She
convinces Jim another doctor to go back to his old way where he tried
really hard to make a difference. They go and find Joe who left working
at the hospital because of all the bad management and they manage to
convince him to come back to the hospital. Together they try hard to get
everyone to change their slack ways and get back to caring for the
Dark comedies sound easy on paper but are
deceivingly difficult to pull off. There has to be a certain amount of
anger behind the comedy; if the audience does not sense the filmmakers'
outrage, then the inevitable over-the-top humor is left stranded without
a context. That being said, this film did a pretty good job at pulling
it off, although the anger expressed in the film towards the medical
establishment is a bit too general and lacks the intense bite that would
have been present had it been more specific.
That being said, It's hard to be too critical of a
film that wears its lightweight intentions on its sleeve. Slapstick,
after all, is not meant to be taken seriously, and Help!!! wants to
please. On this score, the fast and frenetic visuals keep things moving
along, and the large cast pops on and off the screen with such alacrity
that it's difficult to find time to become bored. The performers seem
adequate to the task.
The scale and budget of this film was large, and
translated into stunning visuals, photography and special effects. This
film definitely has a Hollywood feel to it, but retains essential
qualities that makes HK films unique.
List Price: US $21.95
Cantonese / Mandarin
English / Traditional Chinese
/ Simplified Chinese
(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.