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Running on Karma (2003)

Dai zek lo (original title)
A monk turned body-builder, with the gift to see into people's lives, befriends a female cop, and uses his gift to change the force of Karma and her destiny.

Directors:

Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai (as Wai Ka Fai)

Writers:

Ka-Fai Wai (as Wai Ka Fai), Nai-Hoi Yau (as Yau Nai Hoi) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Andy Lau ... Big
Cecilia Cheung ... Inspector Lee Fung Yee
Siu-Fai Cheung ... Inspector Chung (as Cheung Siu Fai)
Wong Chun ... Yee's Superior Officer (as Chun Wong)
Karen Tong ... Woman
Wen Zhong Yu Wen Zhong Yu ... Master Wu (as Yu Wen Zhong)
Lian Sheng Hou Lian Sheng Hou ... Master Wen (as Hou Lian Sheng)
Sheng Wei He Sheng Wei He ... (as He Sheng Wei)
Meng Zhang Meng Zhang ... Jade (as Zhang Meng)
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Tin-Bo Tam
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Storyline

Exotic dancer Dai Jet Lo (brawny man) has a gift to see through "cause and consequence". He meets a female cop and uses his gift to help her capture an extremely dangerous murderer. The female cop learns that Dai Jet Lo was once a monk who, due to the murder of a friend, left the monastery to find the killer. The female cop also has a inevitable "karma" that dooms her to die an unnatural death. The duo decide to oppose "cause and consequence" and change what cannot be changed. Written by Anon

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Official Sites:

Official site [Hong Kong]

Country:

Hong Kong | China

Language:

Cantonese | English | Hindi

Release Date:

27 September 2003 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,367,646
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Lyrics by Xi Lin
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One of a Kind Muscleman Zen Comedy Police Thriller Comic Book
11 March 2005 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

I'm sitting her slack jawed and wondering what in the hell these people were smoking or ingesting when they made this off kilter little film. To say that this film is unique is an understatement.

A body building ex-monk who dances as a male stripper and who can see the future gets mixed up with a police woman going after a killer. Mix in some laughs, comic book villains, some very bloody deaths, some serious action, discussions of the nature of the universe and predestination; shake well and perhaps, just perhaps you may get an idea of what this film by Johnnie To is like. Then again you may not since this film operates in its own orbit, going from pillar to post on its own crazy course.

Its a flawed film, thats so incredibly quirky that it never really seems to pull it all together. Normally not pulling it all together will kill a film, but here you don't really mind simply because it simply being different than pretty much any other film ever made. Its not a bad thing, unless you're looking for a movie that you're going to want to watch more than once.

If you want to see a movie thats certainly unlike any other film out there this film is for you. But be warned its bumpy and imperfect and you may hate yourself for liking it in the morning.


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