Once A Thief (1991)

John Woo directs Chow Yun-Fat, Leslie Cheung and Cherie Chung in this Hong Kong romantic caper where jet setting art thieves find themselves in a love triangle.

There are three big action set pieces but in the main this is a breezy, goofy lark that owes more to Hitchcock or Donen than it does Peckinpah. Chow has the time of his life being a suave clown… watching him with a massive smirk on his face for an entire film elevates the whole trifle. Leslie Cheung and Cherie Chung make for a sweet couple of kids but the spotlight is always on Mr Charisma. Don’t go in expecting The Killer and you’ll have as much fun as everyone clearly had making it. Maybe the last few joke scenes are a yuck yuck too far. You can’t really judge the mood sapping epilogue too harshly though, especially knowing Woo made this with the tastes of a very different international market at the forefront of his mind.


Perfect Double Bill: God Of Gamblers (1989)

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