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TIME AND TIDE

SYNOPSIS:
Tyler (Nicholas Tse) becomes a body guard in order to make some money to help support his child, born from an unexpected encounter with Ah Jo, a lesbian policewoman (Cathy Tsui). Life is made complicated when a former friend Jack (Wu Bai) returns from South America and ends up on an opposing side.

This action packed gangster film from Hong Kong martial arts director Tsui Hark, may confuse with its fragmented plot, but dazzles with its spectacular action sequences. After a brief fling in Hollywood with two Jean-Claude Van Damme movies, Vietnamese born Hark is back in his element with breathtaking stunts and violent and hard hitting action. I looked away a couple of times: it's certainly not for the gentle hearted. Time and Tide will not disappoint its Hong Kong action audience hooked on high kicks and heavy artillary. I confess that I am no expert when it comes to Hong Kong action, but as entertainment, there appears to be something here for most, even if it's just to sit back and chill out to escapist action. The martial arts and stunts are truly extraordinary, and somehow everything seems to fall together into the plot line, even if not everything makes sense. Interwoven through the action is a love story, and a few cute touches (such as the dog chewing up the wads of money thrust under the door) bring some humour. Cinematic and visually interesting, there's plenty of local colour and we get a real sense of place. The soundtrack occasionally has a jazzy flavour and its rhythms and music are used to express sentiments. The undisputed highlight is the extraordinary central action scene that brings together all the characters. Heavy artillery and violence are the order of the day, and the child birth sequence in which Cantonese pop star Nicholas Tse, as Tyler delivers the baby, while instructing the traumatised mother to shoot at anyone who appears in the doorway. It's a confronting scene alright, and some may be outraged. Time and Tide is a mindless, but classy blast of action. I was amused by the SMS message on the mobile phone that read: 'Should I take him out?' Now that's a novel use for today's technology!
Louise Keller

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TIME AND TIDE (MA)
Seunlau ngaklau
(HK)

CAST: Nicholas Tse, Wu Bai, Candy Lo, Cathy Tsui, Anthony Wong Chau-Sang
DIRECTOR: Hark Tsui
PRODUCER: Hark Tsui
SCRIPT: Koan Hui, Hark Tsui
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Chiu-Lam Ko, Herman Yau
EDITOR: Marco Mak
MUSIC: Tommy Wai
RUNNING TIME: 113 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Col Tristar
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: September 20 (Sydney), November 8 (Melb), 2001







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