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Rating: 5.5 stars

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sequel Hong Kong cat and mouse insurance fraud theft extortion gambling problem

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Seen on: 08/30/2022

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Running Out of Time 2 (2001)

Directed by Law Wing-Cheong, Johnnie To

Crime | Mystery

Most recently watched by sensoria, sleestakk

Overview

Ho Sheung Sang finds himself wrapped up in another cat-and-mouse game, this time against a tricky magician.

Length 95 minutes

Actors

Lau Ching-Wan | Ekin Cheng | Kelly Lin | Hui Siu-Hung | Lam Suet | Ruby Wong | Ding Yuin-Shan | Gary Mak | Chiu Chi-Shing | Law Wing-Cheong | Lu Ching-Ting | Eddie Che Wai-Yin | Tam Kon-Chung | Wong Chi-Wang

Viewing Notes

I didn’t enjoy this one nearly as much as the first film. While Ekin Cheng is perfectly fine in the role of the antagonist, his character never gets filled out and feels flat. That led me to become bored with the inscrutable plot.

The tense bromance in the first film is replaced by a never-consummated in any way run-of-the-mill “romance” between Lau Ching-wan’s inspector and the head of a finance company played too conservatively by Kelly Lin. I’d rather have seen Ruby Wong in that role instead of the head of the police department. In her two small scenes she struck me as having more charisma than Lin.

Lam Suet makes an appearance (of course he does!) but this time as a hostage negotiator with a gambling problem on the police force, whereas he was a criminal underling in the first film. His role was better in the first, but I’m not gonna say no to more Lam Suet!

Hui Siu-Hung returns to play the assistant commissioner foil (and fool) to Lau Ching-wan’s inspector. There are some fun moments but he’s in too much of the film and becomes overbearing and tedious after a while.

Given the co-directing credits, it almost feels like this is a film To walked away from and was either finished or reworked by Law Wing-cheong. If it were a Hollywood movie, I’d all but guarantee that was the case. Not sure if the same applies in the Hong Kong film industry.

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