Daai chek liu (Running on Karma) (An Intelligent Muscle Man) (2003)





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One of four features from the Hong Kong filmmaking duo of Johnny To and Wai Ka-Fai to be released in 2003, Running on Karma is an action thriller with spiritual overtones about a former monk and a female police officer. Andy Lau is Dai Jet Lo, an exotic dancer who left a monastery after the murder of a close friend. Armed with a sixth sense that allows him to see cause and consequence, he now seeks to bring justice to the killer. Along the way, Dai Jet Lo meets a cop, played by Cecilia Cheung, who is destined to die young and violently. Together, the pair set out to oppose fate.
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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China Star Entertainment


Andy Lau
as Big Man
Cecilia Cheung
as Det. Li
Wong Chung
as Yee's Superior Officer
Karen Tong
as Woman
Siu-Fai Cheung
as Inspector Chung
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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.

Naoya Kugimiya
Naoya Kugimiya

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.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer

Starts out as just another action film, but then progresses into a Buddhist parable(!).

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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