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BLACK RANSOM

Cheung Bo-Man (Simon Yam) used to be an elite in the police force. He was an idol among the younger police cadets for being an ace shooter, highly observant and had a calm demeanor. This all changed when his wife was murdered by the triads. However, after the murder of his wife by triads, he lost the motivation to live and sunk into depression. His relationship with his daughter also deteriorated. At this time, he was given the task of investigating the murder and kidnappings of high level triad leaders. During the investigation, he found out that the person behind the crimes was a former police officer (Michael Miu) and his men who were former SDU members. Being knowledgeable about the procedures that the police undertook during operations, they were always one step ahead of the authorities. The ex-police officer, however, finds out that Cheung Bo-Man is hot on his trail and soon an action-packed climactic encounter will ensue.

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Genre: Action / Thriller
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Cast: Simon Yam, Michael Miu, Fala Chen
Director: KwokMan Keung
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Writer: Edith Yeoh

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Watch this if you liked: “Young and Dangerous,” “Election,” “PTU”

Having survived a shootout at the cinema with Simon Yam and Michael Miu, this reviewer lives to tell you how yet another under-90-minutes Hong Kong cops-and-gangsters story has bulleted itself to a cinema near you with amazing ease.

Even if you are tired of this genre, veterans like Simon Yam surely aren't. Applying the John Woo format we usually see Chow Yun Fatt in those days, "Black Ransom" is a flick that guarantees hi-definition blood and slo-mo bullets. Most of everything happens as quickly as they first started out. Even the ending seems like it's been chopped off due to some budget constraint. Of course, it was a lot of fun seeing bad guys getting more screen time than deserving good guys. If you need to summarise "Black Ransom", indulge us this suggestion: "Modern Day Robin Hood Gone (Really) Bad."

It feels as though the director (Keung Kwok Man) is having some pretty fancy ideas but fails in executing them. Another major negative is the inevitable casting of Mandarin-speaking actors that produces annoying dubbing problems. Syncing is noticeably bad and this takes out a lot of the enjoyment from the movie experience.

All in all, "Black Ransom" is a genre flick made for fans who would watch it anyway just for its stars and crime elements. If you're viewing this in a heavy censorship territory, you'll be glad to know that no cuts (if at all) are obvious and ironically it may be the audience who will be doing the butchering!


Cinema Online, 26 January 2010
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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