Bullets Over Summer
"If it weren't for it's conspicuous ending, which fucks up the whole film, "Bullets Over Summer" would have been more than perfect."
- Mighty Peking Man
Bullets Over Summer (1999)
Literally: Explosive, Crack-Open Cop
Director: Wilson Yip Wai-shun
Producer: Joe Ma Wai-ho,Lee Kwok-hing
Writer: Matt Chow Hoi-kwong , Wilson Yip Wai-shun, Cheung Man
Cast: Francis Ng Chun-yu, Louis Koo Tin-lok, Helen Law Lan, Lam Mei-ching, Michelle Alicia Saram
Running Time: 95 min.
Plot: Two police officers with different personalities and attitudes are partners in an action. They must capture the "Most Wanted" villain in town, and they move into an apartment building for surveillance. In the course of the operation, they learn that ordinary people-like the landlady and the tenants-are more difficult to deal with than the criminals and scoundrels.
MIGHTY PEKING MAN'S REVIEW: Don't let the title and promotional material fool you, other than the ultra-violent opening sequence and the explosive, but odd, climax, the action is minimal. Most of the movie consists of light-hearted comedy between two totally different cops and their association with an apartment building filled with some VERY interesting people. This is not a bad thing at all, because this movie grabs you, no matter what genre you expect. What makes this film so great is it's originality. It's not your average buddy-cop movie with an action scene right after another, it's more of a buddy-cop action movie with heart and meaning of life. The team up of the ace-actor Francis Ng and super-cool Louis Koo is perfect. Helen Law, who plays a very convincing wacko-granny is unbelievable. Wilson Yip's use of "freeze-frame" is put to good use and is not overdone. If it weren't for it's conspicuous ending, which fucks up the whole film, "Bullets Over Summer" would have been more than perfect. Female newcomer, Michelle Alicia Saram also shines.
MIGHTY PEKING MAN'S RATING: 8/10