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Ruby Wong, Kenneth Low, Anya Wu, Joe Lee
Music: Tommy Wai Cinematographer:
Cheung Tung Leung (HKSC)
Editor: Chan Ki Hop (HKEC) Story: Dante Lam Writer: Jack Ng, Lau Ho Leung
Presenter: Daneil Lam Producer: Joe Cheung, Dante Lam Director: Dante Lam
Genre: Comedy | Triad | Action Length: 97 minutes
There's lots of fruit throwing and bungee jumping in this fun action-comedy from Dante
Lam, the director who previously brought you Beast Cops, Option Zero, and
Jiang Hu- the Triad Zone.
Dan (Nick Cheung Ka-Fai) and King (Samuel Pang King-Chi) are a couple of triad members
who flee Hong Kong after having jipped two gang bosses of their gambling winnings.
Their own dai-lo Kwan (played by Joe Lee) as well as the grizzly gangster Ray (Anthony
Wong Chau-Sang) are in hot pursuit of the pair, who have hidden out on the beautiful
beaches of Phuket, Thailand.
It just so happens that Ray has a chippie he's visiting there (Ruby Wong), and Kwan has
discovered their hideaway, and sent his man (Kenneth Lo Wai-Kuang) to nab them and
get back the money.
Along the way, King falls for a mysterious mute island girl (in a wordless performance
from Anya Wu), while Dan explores the charms of another native- Ruby Wong again.
Runaway's intial plot could have formed the framework of a serious gangster movie, but
it's nothing of the sort. This is light hearted comedy that happens to deal with triads.
Anthony Wong's character turns out to be a softie who's fallen hard for the beautiful
Ruby Wong and dreams of being able to leave the gang life and bake cakes for a living.
Former pro Thai boxer Ken Lo plays a filial son who is more absorbed with visiting his
friends and family than knocking sense into Nick and Samuel.
Gay subtexts (involving she-males, a gay parade and black leather) are strangely
abundant, but then Thailand is a haven for transvestites, or "ladyboys". The famous Thai
movie "The Iron Ladies", which was about the country's champion volleyball team whose
players are transvestites, was a hit in Hong Kong. Well guess who Nick and Samuel
unknowingly play beach volleyball with? Some sexy ladyboys in bikinis!
The bungee jumping portions, which seem to ritualize the activity as a motivational
and spiritual exercise, are particularly interesting. In fact several of the main cast
members take the leap for real.
Nick Cheung and Anthony Wong in particular are very funny in this, and Ruby Wong
Related viewing: Looking For Mister Perfect (2003) Shu Qi, Simon Yam, Ruby Wong
Jiang Hu~ The Triad Zone- (2000) Tony Leung, Anthony Wong, Samuel Pang
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