Bullet For Hire
"It's an erratic, irreverent, almost anything goes flick with comedy that's actually comical and some explosive action sequences that get the squibs bursting."
Bullet For Hire (1991)
Director: Yuen Jun Man
Producer: Chan Gin Ting
Cast: Jacky Cheung Hok-Yau, Simon Yam Tat-Wah, Dick Wei, Elaine Lui (Siu Ling), Sheila Chan (Suk Laan), Lo Lieh, Chow Sau Laan
Running Time: 95 min.
Plot: Hired killer Simon Yam has to train a promising Vietnamese protege (Jackie Cheung) the basics of his craft, but girl problems lead to their ruination.
Availability: This title is available at HKflix.com
GWAILO'S REVIEW: Interpol has conducted a study on the numbers of satellite triads that stem from Hong Kong. A top official from Interpol is in H.K. for discussions on curbing this global epidemic. Gun brandishing p.o. Elaine Lui is assigned to protect him from possible triad danger. And wouldn't you know it, hitman #1 Simon Yam outsmarts her and hits him post conference. After this take out, Yam's elder partner decides to hang up his 9 millimeter and their big boss furnishes Yam with the green, wet behind the ears, young upstart, Jacky Cheung. As the two get chummy and Yam schools Cheung on the triad game, events are set in motion for a showdown with Lui and the police force.
Made during the days when H.K. action cinema was watchable and Simon Yam's jerry curl do wasn't, director Yuen Jun Man's (Forbidden Arsenal, Mr. Mumble) Bullet For Hire is great early 90's filmmaking, and distracts the viewer from Yam's ugly fro. It's an erratic, irreverent, almost anything goes flick with comedy that's actually comical and some explosive action sequences that get the squibs bursting. The humor in the film comes from the interaction that takes place between the new gun pro Cheung as yam teaches him the ropes. The downside to the comedy is that action takes a backseat and causes the film to lag. I suppose these scenes are integral to the plot as they let us become better acquainted with the charming yam and gullible Cheung, both hard core killers. So much time is spent with these two that we begin to root for them, even though they are on the wrong side of the law. a testament to their great acting and Yuen's filmmaking. Though the plot of the film is your basic triad morality tale involving brotherhood and such, Bullet for hire comes highly recommended.
GWAILO'S RATING: 8/10