The Blacksheep Affair


"Far fetched, to say the very least, but exciting!"

- Gwailo

The Blacksheep Affair (1998)

Director: Lam Wai Lun

Producer: Alex Law Kai-Yui

Cast: Vincent Zhao Wenzhuo (Chiu Man Cheuk), Shu Qi (Hsu Chi, Shu Kei), Andrew Lin Hoi, Ken Wong Hop Hey, Kenneth Tsang Kong, Joe Cheung Tung-Cho, Hung Yan Yan, Lau Shun, Jude Poyer

Running Time: 91 min.

Plot: A Chinese policeman gets reassigned to a Chinese Embassy in Europe as punishment for disobeying orders. Once stationed there, he angers some local terrorists and trouble ensues.


GWAILO'S REVIEW: Zhoa Wen-Zhou, Shu Qi, and Andrew Lin turn up in this modern day actioner that just misses the mark. Like most all HK action films TBA tends to throw validity out the window. If you're a HK cinema fan you know that is expected and no, it's not a bad thing. Contrived story explodes with beautifully crafted Ching Siu-Tung action-camera work. Even a substantial plot that tries to set reasoning for all the fireworks. Though the plot inaccuracies are distracting ( the boat people angle is just awful. Makes no damn sense!), there is more than enough action to pull the film through. TBA tends to be pejorative toward both east and west cultures. Both hemispheres seem to be evil, though the east does prevail (somewhat) by films end extending the olive branch for unity. Far fetched, to say the very least, but exciting!