Starring Chow Yun-Fat, Emily Chu, Yammie Lam Kit-Ying and Dick Wei.
Directed by Ching Siu-Tung, with action choreography by Ching Siu-Tung and Alan Hsu.
Whilst in Nepal, Joe (Yun-Fat) meets a mysterious girl who follows him back to Hong Kong. He discovers that he now has supernatural powers and, after the death of the attractive witch, has to combat an evil warrior (Wei) who wants the glowing pendant that Joe wears around his neck.
Featuring the blue-lit photography, slow motion and romantic atmosphere found in the best Hong Kong fantasies, this film, also known as The Nepal Affair and A Touch of Love, is for much of its running time simply a tale of a ménage à trois spiced up with some telekinesis and other minor feats of magic. But the film shifts gears towards the end as Joe, his girlfriend and some children are trapped in a graveyard by zombies who’ve just crawled out of the mud. A section of railings then bends towards a car and flies into the side of the vehicle like a series of iron spears!
Joe and the bad dude, who growls like a panther, have a final fight, which sees them knocking each other through buildings, culminating with the villain getting speared on a ceremonial dagger, causing his teeth and eyes to plop out and his skin to fly off his skull!
A decent modern-day Hong Kong whimsy, it is a shame that the evil character’s ability to transform into a cell-animated panther, shown at the very start of the film, isn’t reintroduced during the latter stages of the tale – and the scene where Joe makes sparking electricity cables draw two hearts in the night sky for his love is far, far too twee!