| On The Run (1988)
Director: Alfred Cheung
Biao, Pat Ha, Chan Yuk-Lin
A police officer teams with an assassin to try and
smash a powerful conspiracy.
Film noir flourished in American cinema in the
late 1940's and early 1950's. The description of the genre comes not
only from the look of most of the films (black and white, filled with
shadows) but also from the mood of doom that hangs over the characters.
No matter what they do, they are destined to come out on the losing
Considering the role fate plays in so many Hong
Kong films, it's rather surprising that so few can actually be termed
film noir. The most obvious reason is that black-and-white films are
rarely made. On the other side of the coin, it seems that most
protagonists are willing to accept the hand that fate gives them, but
they are not going down without a battle. There's always a possibility
that they will beat the odds.
But not here. Not only is the cinematography as
dark and menacing as color photography can be, the atmosphere is thick
with grim pessimism. A tragic air colors each of the characters.
Yuen Biao is a police officer whose ex-wife has an
affair with the wrong man and pays with her life. The man orders
assassin Pat Ha to do the hit. The man is, of course, Yuen Biao's
superintendent. When the police conspiracy is uncovered, Yuen Biao is
accused of the murder and ends up teaming with the assassin.
The concluding fight sequence contains no
acrobatics and no elegance. Just brutality and a harrowing sense of
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English / Traditional Chinese
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