Saviour of the Soul II [1992]

David Lai Dai-Wai and Corey Yuen Kwai team up to bring us the sequel to their 1991 box office sensation. This is the second film of four that they would share directing chores; they collaborated on solid films like She Shoots Straight [1990], Lee Rock [1991], and later, Women on the Run [1993] and Mahjong Dragon [1997]. Saviour of the Soul II [1992] is an all-out crazy, anything goes comedic adventure film that the filmmakers claim had its genesis in a Louis Cha novel that inspired its predecessor.

If you are new to Hong Kong cinema, this is probably not a good film to pique your further interest. It would be better to share a bottle of wine with a significant other while screening the first film. If you like the kinetic, comic book influenced films of this era like City Hunter [1993], you'll like this film. Andy Lau Tak-Wah does a lot of cool sword stances while Corey Yuen Kwai does his comic kung fu moves. Shirley Kwan Suk-Yi looks real sexy; she sings and dances. You'll see cars with long, red tongues drinking fuel from giant bowels. I swear.

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