The ludicrous story works well; even though it's terribly silly and forgettable, the verbal and visual wit keep us laughing. Colourful characters fly at the screen every few minutes, along with outrageous stunts, manic set pieces and witty dialog. Music-video director Hunter keeps things lively, with hysterically choreographed action that makes us scratch our heads with delight. And Chow and Scott are inspired heroes, with just the right balance of chemistry and antagonism. Chow is especially hilarious as he speaks in nonstop aphorisms and sends up his own Crouching Tiger fighting style. Meanwhile, King does her best to keep up with things. Overall, the film has an engaging mix of cocky hipness and goofy silliness, with lots of film references thrown in. And it's no mean feat to make a film this smart look so fluffy and stupid!
dir Paul Hunter
scr Ethan Reiff, Cyrus Voris
with Chow Yun-Fat, Seann William Scott, Jaime King, Karel Roden, Victoria Smurfi, Marcus Jean Pirae, Mako, Roger Yuan, Chris Collins, Sean Bell, Kishaya Dudley, Rob Archer
release US/UK 18.Apr.03
Take that. The monk (Chow) shows Kar (Scott) a thing or two...
|"The plot is predictable, you know what will happen, and almost know how it will end ... but go see it! It is about a monk who has dedicated his life to protecting the scroll - now after 60 years, he needs to find a successor for the next 60 years - but he is being chased by a nutty Nazi, for 60 years, who now has a psychotic granddaughter helping him. Like I said: predictable, but enjoyable and fun! My husband said he could see a sequel in the making." --Laurie T, Minneapolis 25.Apr.03