Father Fight
Time and Tide
Review by Ross Anthony

I'm not sure I understood it, but it sure looked cool.

It is entirely possible that I might have missed something in the translation from Cantonese. Of course, that line of subtitles that flickered faster than I could read may have embodied the missing link to this sweetly shot Hong Kong action film.

No matter, two exasperatingly long action sequences made this picture worth my while -- highly visual and well-choreographed especially on the macro scale. While hand to hand scenes are plentiful, they are kept succinct, it's the grander scope of the chase that deserves praise. One action sequence sends our combat-trained hoodlums in and out of an urban 25-story complex. They scurry through windows, terraces, doors, floors, across walls and roofs like hamsters in a glorious habitrail. Their timing is sharp.

As for a story? This is the best I could figure ... Tyler is a young punk who impregnates a woman in a drunken stupor (we think he did anyway). He endears us, despite his loserness, by sending her wads of money even though she wants nothing to do with him. Tyler takes a job with his uncle as a bodyguard, then errrrr... sort of befriends another guy with another pregnant women. That's when things get really dicey. Suffice to say, it looks like these two are the good guys fighting Hong Kong's most elite bad guys while trying to protect a women giving birth. Got it?

Then in an attempt to lift the story a bit, some biblical stuff gets mumbled, but to no avail -- ending with dialogue as hokey as "Who was that masked man?"

Anyway, if you like cool, well timed and filmed, choreographed action and don't mind people getting shot - forget the story just enjoy the action. I love when our fumbling hero Tyler fights the pros; they toss him around as if he were a little kid - well-placed humor in the action.

BTW, Here's a clip of back-story from the production notes that may help you understand the film:

"Jack (Wu Bia), Chinese, 35 and disillusioned, has repaired to Hong Kong after spending years in the jungles of Brazil as a mercenary. To him, South America is anything but a paradise: most of his youth and adulthood were spent training with a group who fought rebels on behalf of the government."

This music video-esque production (more eye-candy than logic) is still fun to watch.

  • Time and Tide. Copyright © 2001. Rated R.
  • Starring Nicholas Tse, Wu Bai, Anthony Wong, Joventino Couto Remotigue, Candy Lo, Cathy Chui.
  • Directed by Tsui Hark.
  • Written by Koan Hui and Tsui Hark.
  • Produced by Tsui Hark at Film Workshop/Tristar.


Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit: RossAnthony.com

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