| Replacement Suspect (2001)
Director: Marco Mak
Chi Lam, Kenny Bee, Michael Wong
A low-boiling level of tension is created by
promising director Marco Mak.
Three men on the run from a busted burglary take
temporary refuge in a bar. Unfortunately for them, one of the customers
is a suspected arms dealer under surveillance by the police. The place
is quickly surrounded and a hostage situation must be resolved.
Julian Cheung Chi-Lam is the leader of the small
band of thieves. He always looks out for his brother, played by Simon
Loui. It’s Simon, though, who accidentally tripped the alarm and sent
them on the run, and it’s Simon who is wounded and bleeding badly.
Roy Cheung is the third member of the criminal
gang, and he’s so emotionally unstable that there’s no telling what he’s
going to do.
The arms dealer, coolly played by Kenny Bee,
constantly surveys the situation, evaluating how to survive. Doing the
same thing is a waitress (Christine Ng), who is just as cool as the arms
dealer when it comes to saving her own neck.
Outside, Michael Wong throws screaming fits as the
officer in charge (including a priceless–and profane–interview with a TV
Throughout, director Marco Mak rachets up the
tension. The action is quite limited, but the atmosphere is rife with
possibilities. Too bad the script has little idea how best to exploit
the situation. Still, there’s enough interesting things going on to
warrant a mild recommendation.
List Price: US $19.95
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.