Bloody Secret (2000)

Chinese scholar Wang Kuo-Hsin [Anthony Wong] and martial arts student Li-Ho [Ray Lui Leung-Wai] become roommates and good friends while living in Tokyo. Wang gets in trouble with some Japanese right-wing extremists and passes information to his pal that must be given to the "proper" authorities back in Hong Kong. This film is a prime example of "post-Handover" political, nationalist propaganda filmmaking at its worst

Talk about a "low budget" movie: this one has bad costumes, bad make-up, and bad lighting. This production would have benefited by using Steadi-cam technology for its many action scenes. Action veteran Alan Chui Chung-San could have down better work than the headache-inducing chase sequences he designed.

The filmmakers must have used every dollar of their budget in casting Anthony Wong Chau-Sang and Ray Lui Leung-Wai. Usually Wong brings some energy to a role like this, but here he is just stealing money. Ray Lui Leung-Wai actually appears to be trying, even in his terribly choreographed martial arts scenes. Karel Wong Chi-Yeung continues to impress as Hong Kong's worst actor as he looks like he's sleepwalking thru his scenes. This film seems to have been made up as it went along.

One good thing about this movie is that since I already watched it, you don't have to.

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