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Saviour of the Soul
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by Jay Seaver

"It makes no sense, and isn't quite slick enough to cover that up."
2 stars

In a twenty-year career, Anita Mui made, according to the IMDB, 46 movies, while also being one of Hong Kong's most popular pop singers. That's not quite so astounding as it would be in the United States; much of what she made was action/adventure pictures, which seem to be produced like factory goods.

Savior of the Soul, for instance, is a mess. It's got a futuristic look to it, with "city soldiers" using futuristic weapons to... Well, mainly to fight the "Silver Fox" (Aaron Kwok), who seems like he'd be more in place in a movie set a couple centuries earlier, a bandit of sorts who is said to be part of some assassin's guild; in the movie's opening, he rescues his mentor only to execute him for his allowing himself to be captured... and then he goes after the "city soldiers", May Yiu (Mui) specifically, to avenge his mentor. I suppose there's some kind of criminal code that allows this to make sense. May, in the meantime, is the object of two of her colleagues' affections, but the Fox kills one just as his sister arrives in town; said sister is taken in by the other (Andy Lau) while May leaves town to draw the Silver Fox away...

It doesn't make any sense. This is before the movie takes a U-turn from its more futuristic trappings to get all mystical with a kung fu competition to find a husband for the "Pet Lady", whom Lau's character thinks is May, and the slain soldier's little sister having a weird baseball motif like a character out of one of your goofier mangas. That's not mentioning Anita Mui's other role, as May's sister, who builds the soldier's tech and has bad luck whenever Lau's character is around. Then there's the thing about Silver Fox turning May into some sort of "Terrible Angel"... It makes no sense, and isn't quite slick enough to cover that up. The fighting is wire-fu, and shot almost Hollywood style with its quick cuts and attempts to camoflage effects work.

Interestingly, like Haunted Cop Shop 2, this movie was also written by Wong Kar Wai, who later became one of the big names in Hong Kong art cinema. I guess you could liken this early work to John Sayles paying the bills with scripting Roger Corman fare like Prianha until he could produce and direct his own movies.

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originally posted: 06/19/04 20:18:06
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8/16/04 Herolder Ok, it's a wild mix, but I liked it a lot 5 stars
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USA
  02-Mar-1992

UK
  N/A

Australia
  02-Oct-1992


Directed by
  David Lai
  Corey Yuen

Written by
  Kar Wai Wong

Cast
  Andy Lau
  Anita Mui
  Aaron Kwok
  Kenny Bee
  Gloria Yip
  Carina Lau



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