Daai chek liu (Running on Karma) (An Intelligent Muscle Man) (2003)
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This is a real surprise. This is a great film! You should not confused by eccentricity of the setting and the character of the film. Beneath the surface, there is totally a new and vivid fiction that successfully mixes the action entertainment (with some elements of love story and suspense) and Buddhist lessons about our karma. While there are so many films that set Christian lessons or Christianity itself as the center theme, there are so small amount of Asian films that features Buddhism as the theme - this is one of it. It is also a first-class entertainment full of suspense and good wire actions, although there are some scenes more violent than they need to be. The way they establishes the fantasy atmosphere by fantastic lighting and with some properties is also great. This is the film I'd definitely recommend as one of masterpieces of Hong Kong cinema to those who have not watched them much yet.
Instantly became my personal favourite, it's a genre-marathon, with supernatural thriller, romance, comedy, martial arts, drama all involved. It has a strong Buddhist message involved in the film (Karma may determine our future but we can still change it if we try) and a tragic ending. Despite the little flaws in some of the sub story lines and ridiculous actions, it provided something that not only entertains, but also educational.
Starts out as just another action film, but then progresses into a Buddhist parable(!).
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