Chow Yun Fat, Cecilia Yip, Ho Chin, Shun Lau and Annabelle Lau
Out to buy on DVD 26/06/06
After slaughtering everyone that had anything to do with the death of his
wife, the man simply known as the Killer (Yun Fat), turns the place were it
all happen into a sanctuary called the Peace Hotel. For ten years anyone who
came to the hotel would be offered his protection but he would never help
them escape or solve their problems. That all changed when Shau Siu Man (Yip)
comes to the hotel and brings danger with her.
Asian action superstar Chow Yun-Fat turns co-writer and brings
to Western to the Far East but can he recreate what Hollywood has been doing
for years in China?
After becoming an action superstar in 1986 in 'A Better Tomorrow',
Chow Yun-Fat soon became the biggest star in Asian cinema that led to him
been able to make whatever he liked, and the story of a killer turned protector
is one that he had a real passion to make.
The story is a timeless one of revenge and redemption as our
protagonist uses his murderous reputation to save the lives of anyone who
comes to the Peace Hotel. Chow Yun-Fat's character, known only as the Killer,
has placed the sword he used in his revenge for the death of his wife as a
warning that the hotel is a sanctuary. For those entering the hotel they have
to know the rules. They can never ask for help to solve their problems and
the Killer will never assist them in leaving. These rules have meant that
no one has dared challenge him in ten years.
This all changes when a woman, been chased by the local gang
claims sanctuary and changes the dynamic of the hotel forever. Played by the
excellent and playful Cecilia Yip, Shau Siu Man is a mischievous, compulsive
liar who first proclaims that she is the killer's wife and then the victim
of a tyrant's revenge. This is your typical man hates woman but then gets
to know her and they fall in love situation and even though it might be slightly
clichéd, it works for the structure of the movie.
The major problem with the film however is the appalling music.
Sounding like something that has escaped from a PlayStation game, the music
ruins many of the scenes, from the action to the intimate moments between
the Killer and Shau Siu Man.
'Peace Hotel' is a good Far Eastern take on the classic western
that just escapes from been ruined by the awful score. With good performances
from Chow Yun-Fat and Cecilia Yip and some decent action scenes, this is a
movie that fans of the Asian megastar will enjoy.
PICTURE & SOUND
Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1 with Dolby Digital 2.0, the movie
is presented well.
For a western release of an Asian film, the lack of bonus features is very
surprising. Usually they are backed with history about the movie and interviews
with the cast and crew but the complete lack of any extras is a real let down
for fans of these films.
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