Friday, September 11, 2009

men suddenly in black

you said that already...


tin (eric tsang), cheung (jordan chan), tsui (chapman to) and paul (gu zong-chao) meet up in the back room of a snooker club; wearing black suits they recently changed in to, they distribute cash and begin their planning. an hour ago, they wished their wives as partners farewell and watched them set off to the airport: their destination - shopping in bangkok. now, the men have fourteen hours of freedom and they're going to do everything they can to screw around behind the backs of their unsuspecting partners. however, as they're about to leave, carrie (teresa mo), anna (candy lo), ching (marsha yuen) and luk (tiffany lee) get an inkling that something is not right and they set out to catch their men red handed. and so begins a game of cat and mouse...

this was the film which introduced me to pang ho-cheung, who has blossomed into one of hong kong's most interesting film-makers. 'men suddenly in black' is a comedic romp, which pang directs with all the stylisation of a triad thriller, to great effect. there's some very nicely done pastiches of hong kong action movie staples; in terms of themes of honour and righteousness, along with the melodramatic execution, nicely twisted to fit with story pang is telling. there's even a particularly funny send up of "two gun" action...

the three main men, paul is kinda tacked on, do a fine job and the four women quietly raise the standard of the film; then there's a couple of nice cameos, from nat chan and (big) tony leung.

cracking stuff.

the dvd is hk$74 from buyoyo.com

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