You Shoot, I Shoot- -
A hired killer pairs up with an amateur filmmaker to provide clients with satisfying footage of enemies getting whacked in this black comedy. Business is down, so hit man Bart is thrilled when Mrs. Ma hires him to kill her enemies -- and film the murders. But Bart's first video killing stinks, so he hires filmmaker Chuen. Although business subsequently picks up, their notoriety creates complications.
A low budget black comedy, shot on a shoestring budget, beats this season’s bloated summer films in freshness and originality.
The zany, very Hong Kong brand of humor is courtesy of a quartet of the industry’s more eccentric personalities. Comedians Eric Kot and Cheung Tat-ming, joined by writer-producer Vincent Kuk and writer-director Edmond Pang, have concocted a farce that spoofs the oft-intertwined cinema and gangster scenes, at the same time illuminating the mercenary and enterprising sides of Hong Kong society. Mercenary and enterprising are traits held in abundance by Bart, a professional assassin whose negative equity (caused by the downturn in the property market) forces him to turn to ever more creative ways to attract clients. The same traits, leavened with a dash of intellectual pretension, are possessed by Chuen, a New York University Film School graduate who will do anything to become a Chinese Martin Scorsese. Mrs Ma, an avaricious high society client, who literally wants to see her enemies die, comes up with the basic concept of documenting the murders on video. Encouraged by a greedy girlfriend, Bart forges a partnership with Chuen, and the results are both deadly and hilarious. Pang, a novelist whose books include FULLTIME KILLER, shows in his directorial debut a comfortable ease with the cinematic medium. There is a certain rawness that at times works in the picture’s favor, but on the minus side is a need for some tightening and editorial fine-tuning. The bit parts and cameo appearances are delights, from newcomer Audrey Fong to beauty queen Miao Fei-lin, radio DJ Madam Nancy and, especially, veteran sex bomb Siu Yam-yam as Bart’s future mother-in-law. Many sequences are little gems, a highlight being Chuen’s “Scorsese-inspired” death video. YOU SHOOT, I SHOOT ranks close to SHAOLIN SOCCER as the season’s most entertaining picture.
Thanks to Far East Film Festival
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