Bullets Over Summer (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

Bullets Over Summer (1999)

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One of Hong Kong's brightest young directors, Winston Yip, whose previous work, Mongkok Story, received a 1996 Hong Kong critics' prize, returns to the screen with this character-driven reworking of the gangster genre. Mike (Francis Ng) and his younger partner Brian (Louis Koo) are plainclothed policemen hot on the trail of a violent band of bank robbers. Their search leads them to a grotty old Hong Kong tenement. Expecting a long surveillance, the pair hole up in the apartment of the building's owner, an old woman called Granny (Helena Law), who is alternately gruff and kind toward them. While there, they get to know some of the locals and eventually fall in love -- Mike with a beautiful pregnant single mom who runs a laundromat (played by 1991 Miss Malaysia Stephanie Lin) and Brian with a teenaged slacker (Michelle Alicia Saram). Just as the two get comfortable in their new surroundings, the crooks make their inevitable return, resulting in gunplay and stylized over-the-top violence. This film was screened at the 1999 Toronto Film Festival.

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½

besides having a wierd title that has nothing 2 do with the movie and the kitschist music makes this campy fun.

Gregory Wood
Gregory Wood

The kind of story Hollywood likes to steal from Hong Kong, but never can do on its own. Good story and great characters.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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½

The buddy cop drama appears again starring Louis Koo and Francis Ng. Wilson Yip does some good directing and shows some of his roots which lead to his current commercial successes (SPL, Dragon Tiger Gate, Flash Point, etc.). No new ground is broken here and this debuted around the same time as Gen-X Cops, which I enjoyed immensely more as a cop action drama. The characters are nonetheless interesting however the ending to pull it all together and wrap things up felt rushed.

Zachary Long
Zachary Long

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