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Sorry, that marshmallow costume distracted me too much. Very weird movie.
Running on Karma, a Johnnie To picture starring Andy Lau as a super-powered monk who can see people's "karma" (and thus their previous life and their future) and helps a (doomed) police woman played by Cecilia Cheung captured criminals. It's a superhero movie by way of Buddhist philosophy and To's gritty, violent crime dramas. Tonally, it's always jerking you around, but I dare say, in a good way. Lau does a lot of comedy and is wearing a muscle suit for most of the film, but then there are moments of shocking violence. There's the harsh reality of the police procedural, and there's the crazy wire work you identify with wuxia. There are crazy, almost campy, villains, and there's a metaphysical ending that will make you think. How they make it work, I'll never know, but it does (who am I to argue with 3 Hong Kong Academy Awards?).
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This movie ranks #60 in LoveHKFilm.com's The Best Hong Kong Films Ever
This movie ranks #91 in 100 Classic Martial Arts Films
This movie ranks #438 in Asian Cinema: A Field Guide