| Murder (1993)
Director: Lawrence Cheng
Cheng, Damain Lau, Lawrence Cheng
Similar to some of Hitchcock's work, this film is
wonderfully paced, cleverly scripted, and beautifully filmed. Contains
some sterling camera movement, stunning décor, and a touch of black
The film is filled with a deliciously nasty group
of individuals. Do Do Cheng and Damian Lau are in name a married couple,
but in reality they really don't like each other. Do Do is an immoral
lawyer, while Damian is a greedy money launderer for the triads.
Do Do is involved in a health-care law suit,
fixing the case for a doctor who ordered his nurse, Deannie Yip, to give
a shot to a now comatose patient. Do Do makes a lot of money and Deannie
is fired from her job and has to pay huge compensation to the family of
the patient. Meanwhile, Damian has taken on HK$10 million from a
particularly dangerous triad head from Thailand to launder.
He comes home one evening to discover that Do Do
has found the money and won't give it to him. In a rage he shoots her in
the head–and thinking her dead–fixes the blame on someone else. In fact
Do Do isn't dead–but the head wound has left her without her memory, in
a state of confusion and most oddly it seems to have drained her of all
her hateful venom.
The hospital hires a temporary nurse to take care
of Do Do–and in a classic shot–the nurse leans into the camera view over
a sleeping Do Do and says with sarcastic bitterness “Hello, aren't you
dead?” It's of course Deannie Yip–who does her best to make life hell
for Do Do.
Damian, on the other hand has a few issues to deal
with–a wife he tried to kill and whose memory is slowly returning in
bits and pieces, a missing $10MM that he can't find, some restless
triads, a frightened partner (Lawrence Cheng) and a cop (Wong Kam-kong)
who is very suspicious.
This all makes for an excellent story, which is
executed very well thanks to great directing, brilliant acting and some
biting dark comedy and suspense.
List Price: US $22.95
Cantonese / Mandarin
English / Traditional Chinese
/ Simplified Chinese
(Can be played on any DVD player in the
"May be Inappropriate For Children" (Broad
rating may be roughly equal to an MPPA rating of
"PG-13" to "R". In the late 1980s
this rating splintered in two ratings: IIA and IIB) Films
rated Category II may contain mild to strong violence,
nudity that is usually not sexually oriented, explicit
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