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Beyond Hypothermia (1996)

Beyond Hypothermia

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Patrick Leung directed this bloody Hong Kong thriller about a nameless hitwoman (Jacqueline Wu) who, for reasons not entirely clear and never fully developed, has a lower than average body temperature. She is cold-blooded in other ways as well, assassinating her targets with steely detachment and having only two real acquaintances: the Cambodian woman who gives her killing assignments and money, and the street vendor Long Shek (Lau Ching-wan), at whose stand she habitually relaxes after successful hits with a bowl of noodles. Long Shek dubs her Pretty Ghost, and the two gradually become something like friends. Pretty Ghost ends up traveling to South Korea to assassinate a local gangland kingpin, a job she decides will be her last. Unfortunately, the dead man's bodyguard, Yichin (Han Sang-woo), is out for revenge and comes after Pretty Ghost, and she is quickly betrayed by her Cambodian boss. Violent as it may be, the film also spends a good deal of time exploring Pretty Ghost's character, and her slow change from icy killing machine to humanized woman is well handled by Wu and screenwriter Szeto Wai-cheuk. Shirley Wong and Cheung Sung-kei co-star.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Roy Szeto
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 25, 2008
Runtime:
Milky Way Image Company

Cast

Ching Wan Lau
as Shek Tak-long
Han Sang-woo
as Choe Il=jeong
Wu Chien-lien
as Shu Li Han
Cheung Kam-pong
as Little Mo
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½

A shoot em up where you really don't care who lives or dies. The romantic subplot is contrived and lacks any true emotion. The lead actress is so cold and emotionless you have no empathy for what happens to her, although you know it isn't going to end pretty. Her nemesis looks like a Duran Duran band member, and probably can sing better than act. Ching Wan Lau is his usual reliable self, but his role is secondary and adds little to the story. The saving grace is the finale, which is a gritty gem of camerawork, although in similar vein as John Woo's "The Killer", everything seems to be in slow motion. The only difference is that "The Killer" is a far superior piece of work that Beyond Hypoetermia can only strive to be.

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alan jay

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This movie makes me want noodles really bad.

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½

A watchable flick about a hit-woman trying to escape her violent past when she starts to develop a relationship with a noodle-vendor whose shop is near her home. It's got its moments, but sort of falls into a trap of feeling too familiar at times, as a lot of these Asian action flicks can tend to blend together.

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