"Another Milkway Image film that shouldn't be missed!"
- Mighty Peking Man
Beyond Hypothermia (1996)
Director: Patrick Leung Pak-Kin
Producer: Johnnie To Kei-Fung
Cast: Lau Ching Wan, Wu Chien-Lien, Hon Choi Sek, Wong Qui Lee
Running Time: 86 min.
Plot: A female assassin without a name or a past, whose body temperature is five degrees below other people's, is torn by a tragic dilemma. On the one hand, she is a killing machine who executes her missions with cold virtuosity. On the other hand, she's secretly in love with a humble, good natured cook who wishes to live as far from conflicts as possibie.
MIGHTY PEKING MAN'S REVIEW: The opening sequence of "Beyond Hypothermia" fools the viewers into thinking that it's just another contender in the countless number of "assassin" films that have been overflowing the industry since John Woo's "The Killer". As typical as the first several minutes may be, this film stands on it's own.
The glamorous Wu Chien-Lien plays a no name/no nonsense killer who is so ice-cold that she can easily pop a cap into an adorable 4-year old girl without thinking twice. When she's not assassinating under her estranged aunt/boss/caretaker, you can find her sitting alone in her room trying to find a couple of things that are missing in her life: an 'identity' and a 'past'. Around all of this, she discovers that beneath her cruel world of contract-killing, she has room for "love" - which is discovered during frequent visits to a small, but busy, noodle stall owned and ran by a good-hearted ex-gangster, played by Lau Ching Wan.
Her feelings grow deeper and deeper towards this man each day she visits. Even though she appears odd and alienated with no communication or expression skills, the noodle-owner reads past all of this and realizes there is something special about her. Slowly, they both develop mutual feelings for each other which leads to a sweet romance that is cut short when the reality of her full-time job brings a deadly impact on both of their lives.
Along with it's equally entertaining subplots (which involves a great performance by Korean actor Hon Choi Sek), superbly cut and original action sequences (the climax made me speechless) and a perfectly fitted musical score - "Beyond Hypothermia" is a definite new favorite in the "Heroic Bloodshed" genre (THERE'S that word). Another Milkway Image film that shouldn't be missed!
This movie can be purchased at HKflix.com
MIGHTY PEKING MAN'S RATING: 8.5/10