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BULLET AND BRAIN

Amidst the gunfights and bloodshed in a city of sin, there lived two legendary figures, known only as Bullet and Brain. Bullet, as the name suggests, is the sharpest shooter the city has ever seen and can take someone out with a pistol in less than a tenth of a second. Brain, on the other hand, is a calculated genius with excellent problem-solving skills, not to mention some cool gadgetry. These two men are called into action again when an old score involving a little girl needs to be settled.

Language: Cantonese
Subtitle: NA
Classification: U
Release Date: 1 Nov 2007
Genre: Action
Running Time: 1 Hour 34 Minutes
Distributor: RAM ENTERTAINMENT
Cast: Anthony Wong
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Format: NA

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Writer: Lim Chang Moh

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Watch this if you liked: "Twins Effect", "Infernal Affairs" and "Initial D"

With its mixed cast of veteran actors and young heartthrobs in a spoof of the Hong Kong gangster-movie genre, "Bullet And Brain" offers 90 minutes of unpretentious, lowbrow entertainment. It is primarily aimed at the young crowd who may find nostalgia in the various send-ups of popular blockbusters like "A Better Tomorrow" and "God Of Gamblers" series.

As the title suggests, we get a combination of gunplay action, cool gadgets, hot babes, a young hunk and a little romance...

The plot concerns an old triad boss (Chao Ma Shu) who has bequeathed all his billions to his granddaughter Rain (Tang Yan). This comes in the form of a Swiss bank account number, a key and two banknotes torn in half with the signatures of his former aides, Bullet (Francis Ng) and Brain (Anthony Wong). The instructions are to mail the banknotes to the given addresses of these 'hitmen' if Rain were to find her life in danger.

This, of course, comes sooner than expected when gang boss Winston (Andrew Wu) kills the old man and goes after Rain for the money. Despite being protected by the police, especially the handsome officer Fred (Alex Yong), Rain sees it fit to mail the banknotes to summon her 'rescuers'. Now, despite having sworn not to indulge in their old crimes, Bullet and Brain arrive in the city to get Rain out of her predicament. Can these reluctant veterans overcome the gun-toting goons led by Winston? Then there is the mysterious womaniser Simon Chung (Eric Tsang) who seems to be playing both sides to get his hands on the cash!

Filmmaker Wong Jing is known to recycle Hollywood hits and his screenplays seldom make sense. This one is no different. In this second-rate rip-off of "Sin City", Wong goes for over-the-top action sequences and ridiculous stunts, abetted by newcomer director Keung Kwok Man, the cinematographer for films like "DOA: Dead Or Alive". Keung seems to have no control over the performances of the cast, resulting in two kinds of acting: unconvincing roles by the younger cast, and familiar portrayals by the veterans. Anthony Wong gets most of the laughs with his laid-back style and nifty one-liners, while Francis Ng provides the sparks to a subplot about Bullet's affair with a sultry nightclub singer named May (Liu Yang). Tang Yan and Alex Yong are the lure for youngsters, playing the shy lovers in a supposedly dangerous situation. However, they are mostly left to their own devices and their romantic comedy gets the short shrift.

Still, "Bullet And Brain" is the first Wong Jing movie that I find tolerable. Probably it is because he did not mess it up by directing it.

Cinema Online, 23 September 2008
   
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U - General viewing for all ages
P13 - Parental guidance is advisable for children below 13 years old
18 - For 18+ with elements for mature audiences
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