Curry and Pepper [1990]

Though considered by some folks to be a prime representation of the police action genre, I will tell you that this film is a fine example of a talented filmmaker in over his head. An early film featuring Stephen Chow Sing-Chi, he shares great screen chemistry with his co-star Jacky Cheung Hok-Yau. Their scenes together serve as the centerpiece of the film and are absolute reason to see it, if you are a fan of either performer.

The problem with the film, as I see it, lies with director Blacky Ko Sau-Leung who cast himself as the villain, a role he puts himself into wholeheartedly. Ko is a talented action director who created many exciting sequences in a number of films. On this film, he displays somewhat ham-handed skills when he moves up to the director's chair. Despite working from a well written screenplay by James Yuen Sai-Sang and getting solid performances from the principal players, Ko lets the movie run into a Terminator-esque shoot-out finale that is 15 minutes too long.

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