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Comeuppance (Tian you yan) (2000)

  Directed by: Sung Kee Chiu
Written by: Sung Kee Chiu, Benny Li, Zevia Tong
Starring: Jordan Chan, Sunny Chan, Patrick Tam
Links: Comeuppance on the IMDb
Genre: Drama

This movie gets: 7.00 (1 rating)
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"Beware the killer donut!" - a review by timchuma

A notorious triad boss named King and two of his henchmen are found dead in a bar from poisoning.

The police can't seem to work out who did it. Michael is assigned to the case to try and track down the killer.

The editor of a major daily newspaper wants to cover the story, but he also needs someone to write a serial for the paper. A journalist called Hak volunteers his services and he decides to base his serial on the poisonings and calls the story 'Kings of the Underworld'.

The serial proves very popular, especially with the triad bosses it is about. While covering King's funeral, Hak is assaulted by a triad boss called Po, who Hak says will get his 'comeuppance'. He is right, not long after he publishes his article, Po is poisoned in a restaurant by the killer (a mild-mannered photolab technician called Sung).

This latest killing sparks the interest of a triad boss called Sepik who invites Hak around for dinner and says he likes his serial in the newspaper. Almost the next day there is an attempt on Sepik's life. This freaks Hak out, who out of desperation says he will get the killer in his serial to use a donut as his weapon next time.

The very next week, two men from Sepik's gang are killed by poison donuts. Hak spins out and is questioned by Michael at the station. I'll let you see the rest for yourself, but it gets fairly busy towards the end.

This is a rare crime story that actually manages some humour effectively. The performances of Hak and Sung stand out along with some moments from Michael. I would recommend this movie to people who like crime films, but with a twist.

timchuma gives this movie 7 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 16 Nov 2004

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Reader comments

  1. an intresting film, enjoy by yourself

    Rating given: 9

    A comment from jill on Mon 13 Feb 2006 05:15 #

  2. a clever contructured movie

    Rating given: 9

    A comment from gile on Mon 13 Feb 2006 05:17 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 9.00 (2 ratings)

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