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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Movie, Expected More Nudity, June 7, 2005
This review is from: Naked Killer (DVD)
1992 Hong Kong Erotic Thriller. Rated R for strong sexuality, violence and language. Caution: contains brief nudity (the opening credits), and the movie is very violent and bloody. Something of a romance. Also known as Chiklo gouyeung and Chi luo gao yang. The producer mentions a "Naked Weapon," saying that it had been intended as a sequel, but ended up a different movie with different actors and director.

DVD Features: Along with the movie, which can be heard in English or Cantonese, or read in English or Chinese, the DVD contains special features and trailers. There are seven trailers on the DVD (other than this film's trailers) and which include: Magnificent Warriors (rated R; war film, Japanese invade; stars Michelle Yeoh; trailer in English), City Hunter (PG-13; Jackie Chan film; other than humor and fighting, can't tell what the movie is about; trailer in English), Magnificent Butcher (PG-13; Sammo Hung; Action director: Yuen Woo Ping), Hong Kong 1941 (rated R; Chow Yung-Fat; Japan invades Hong Kong, resistance movie), Heart of Dragon (rated R; 30 yrs old, limited intelligence, "great detective" takes care of him; Sammo Hung, Jackie Chan), Kiss of the Dragon (rated R; Jet Li is a spy, also includes Bridget Fonda), and The Transporter (PG-13; in Euro-accented English). The Special Features include: this film's Trailers (two, an original (which has scenes in it I don't recognize being in the movie) and a new trailer (which is in English and doesn't have scenes in it I don't recognize)), Photo Galleries (two, one for the film (even the photo gallery has pictures of a scene not in the movie, maybe its my DVD, cutting out that type of thing for me), and one for the "beauties" of Hong Kong (very long slide show set to music)), Interviews (3 separate interviews with the producer (who speaks in English), director (in English; mentions nude scenes, seriously, what's wrong with my DVD, why do I only see nudity in the opening credits?), and one of the stars: Simon Yam (in English)), Promotional Materials (posters and still photos) and Production Notes (synopsis, cast and crew notes).

Credits: Starring: Chingmy Yau (Kitty; "Return to a Better Tomorrow"), Wai Yiu (Cindy; "The Flower Floating on the Sea"), Simon Yam (Tinam/Tom; "Once Upon A Time A Hero in China"; "Tomb Raider 2"), Carrie Ng (Princess; "Best of the Best"), and Madoka Sugawara (Baby). Written by: Wong Jing ("Naked Weapon") and Directed by: Clarence Fok Yiu Leung ("Century of the Dragon").

Plot: Hong Kong Detective Tinman (also known as Tom) is investigating a series of murders in Hong Kong that he believes are related and committed by a female assassin (he notes his suspicions but they are initially not believed to be likely, namely because his brother has been killed, and the nature of the deaths). Meanwhile, Tom has started a "relationship" with Kitty, a woman that is rather rough on the male population, and later revenges her father's death (which was pretty much an accident). Due to her actions, Kitty is now on the run from the police and organized crime, but is helped by a hit woman named Cindy (who teaches her how to become a better killer, using any weapon on hand or using her body). Cindy had another student before Kitty, and this student (Princess) and her female lover have targeted Cindy and Kitty for death.

Review: Interesting opening credits, and it certainly says something about the rest of the film that it includes nudity (though the fact that the first scene involves a naked hit woman taking out a man, but without anything "good" visible, also says something). A rather professional looking movie, but the dubbing is not the best (though, oddly enough, unlike some Asian movies I've seen, the spoken words and the written words actually match, for the most part). Though having the hit women twirl her loaded gun is strange and not professional looking.

A rather interesting and good movie, that is actually erotic, unlike many of the "erotic thrillers" out there. Oh, and it also appears to be an overall better film than most "erotic thrillers." On the other hand, there is a lot less nudity than I would expect (for the most part, none, the opening credits lie; maybe the US version of the film had the nudity edited out).

The movie has a connection with movies like "House of Flying Daggers," and "Romeo and Juliet," in that all three movies involve people who become romantically linked but work (or are otherwise members of) for different factions in a feud (here, criminal/police).

The plot is kind of rambling along, almost seeming to have little point. The acting is difficult to determine due to the nature of the dubbing and my not speaking the language the film was originally filmed in. Despite that handicap, I believe that the acting was good (every actor; I hadn't seen any of these actors before and I am interested in catching some more of their films). Overall, I would rate the film 4.22 stars.
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