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For Bad Boys Only (Bad boy dak gung) (2000)

  Directed by: Wai Man Yip
Starring: Ekin Cheng, Louis Koo, Qi Shu, Kristy Yang
Links: For Bad Boys Only on the IMDb, Buy on DVD
Genre: Action

This movie gets: 8.00 (1 rating)
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""I want sexual relations!"" - a review by timchuma

King Chan (Ekin Cheng), Queen Chan (Kristy Yang) and Jack Shum (Louis Koo) are a group of private eyes known as the BAD BOYS. When we first meet them they are blowing a wedding in Thailand for a client to get his girlfriend back.

On the flight back to Hong Kong after a successful job, King woos a flight attendant with his 'special deck' of tarot cards. Jack and Queen make fun of him for trying to woo every woman he sees.

He continues this trend while they are on a job where he woos the organist at a church. Later, at a nightclub, he is out with the organist as well as Queen and Jack, when he falls for the female DJ, but much to his horror, the flight attendant turns up and he is forced to do some fancy manoeuvring.

Also at the nightclub, a Japanese dude with white hair (we never learn his name), is talking to a businessman who he then introduces to a woman called Eleven (Qi Shu). This woman catches King's eye, but he is too busy with the DJ to care.

A few days later, a man meets with the Bad Boys who wants their help to find his girlfriend named Shadow, who has been missing for 14 months. Something that comes as a surprise for King is that she looks a lot like a woman he saw at the nightclub. As the man has not been working since his girlfriend disappeared, he doesn't have any money. Jack and King don't want the case, but Queen convinces them to consider it.

Not long after, a rich businessman in Taiwan requests their help in finding a former lover who also bears a striking resemblance to Shadow and the woman King saw in the nightclub.

As he thinks the woman in the nightclub is Shadow, he trails the white-haired Japanese Dude (WHJD from now on), who as it turns out, is on the trail of Eleven. He rescues her just before she is captured and calls Shadow's boyfriend, who quickly tells him she is not his girlfriend. This pleases King no end as Eleven is very curious and wants to kiss all the time.

However, all is not what it seems. Eleven can only remember that she is a human and is half Japanese and half Chinese. WHJD is on their trail as he wants to get Eleven back to gain the approval of Mr X, and Queen and Jack are having their own problems...

At first glance this movie would seem quite similar to the popular buddy cop movies that come out of Hollywood on a regular basis. However, it is a bit different as there are many interesting characters and situations that make it special.

While King Chan and Jack Shum are what you would expect from the male leads, I liked Queen Chan's character the most as she is very stylish and manages to appear in every scene sucking on a lollypop.

Special mention must go to Qi Shu who plays three roles in the film. While it can get a bit confusing working who she is meant to be at that time, it is a boon for Qi Shu fans as she is on screen three times as much. There is also a funny moment later in the film involving a secret warehouse and Eleven, but I won't spoil the surprise.

Unfortunately, some of the characters are not that well developed. For example, the main villain of the mysterious Japanese henchman doesn't seem to do much except look cool in the fight scenes.

The emphasis in this movie is on making everything look really slick and stylish - yes, it does borrow from The Matrix (1999) quite a bit, but don't many other films nowadays? While there are some good action scenes, they are not really that violent or dramatic.

This movie comes highly recommended for Qi Shu fans, and would be a good film for people who like action / comedy movies also.

timchuma gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Wed 15 Sep 2004

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