Armageddon (1997)

1997 was a year filled with an uneasiness and uncertainty for the people of Hong Kong. Gordon Chan Ka-Seung and Vincent Kok Tak-Chiu collaborate on a screenplay layered with irony and liberal political subtexts about a conflicted scientist as he does battle with an evil group working to the destroy the earth. What the heck were they thinking? Strange blend of sci-fi, mystery, drama, and offbeat comedy translates poorly to cinematic experience.

As a director, Gordon Chan Ka-Seung has made some wonderful films. He seems out of his league here. This film is for Chan completists only. The movie is probably most notable for a subdued performance by Anthony Wong Chau-Sang during a period when he was shredding scene after scene with his whacked out antics. The Hong Kong Film Critics Society awarded their "Film of Merit" to this production.

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