|The Plot: The Daka Lama, a famed religious leader is coming to visit Singapore but thanks to a cult-like crime orginization called The Red Army – his life may not be safe during his visit. Also visiting Singapore from Hong Kong is a smalltime triad thug named Bee (Andy Lau) who is flying along with his dingy girlfriend, who both have harsh words for the helplessly friendly Daka Lama who tries to warn them of their future while aboard the plane. At the airport however, the stuff hits the fan as the Red Army attack and end up shooting both Bee’s girlfriend as well as the Daka Lama. Now both the Lama and Bee’s girlfriend are in critical shape and desperately in need of a blood transfusion. The only thing is that BOTH have the same blood type, and it’s extremely rare. In Singapore only three people are known to have it and once the Red Army finds out their names, two are dead with only one man (Eric Tsang) still left breathing. Now it’s up to Bee and the two best police officers Singapore has to bring down the Red Army and gather the last blood donor!|
I was so impressed with the first few minutes of The Last Blood, as previously stated, I started to buy into that false title. Maybe this will be some unhyped smalltime HK production that will rival the work of John Woo. There have been some pretty decent little bits of Heroic Bloodshed I have found for cheap on DVD such as Chow Yun Fat’s City War and Rich & Famous. Well, I remember one of those happened to be entertaining, though it’s been so long I can hardly remember. Anyway, imagine a house full of gangsters all gathered around the television. They await news from their boss in a most unconventional fashion, when they hear a knock at the door. A young guy wearing glasses, a bit nerdish appears holding a VHS tape. They let him in on word that he’s from the boss and they sit him down. They all gather around and the boss appears upon the TV by way of the tape. He warns that the police have attached a new inspector who is looking to track them down, and that he has his picture. Then a shot flashes on the screen of the detective; the geeky gentleman who brought them the tape and is sitting behind them with two guns drawn. We then are entertained with a spectacular bit of action with squibs galore and explosions, which is a testament to all of the action throughout the film. When it comes to blistering action; the film does deliver. Featuring far more massive explosions than I could have expected, and I couldn’t help but be surprised many times during the course of the film. Hey, even the comedy isn’t all that bad either. The terrible subtitles kind of shoot down much of the dialogue based humor but hey it’s Hong Kong comedy so you can expect a TON of broad humor. I assume most readers who are searching out this sort of film are generally aware of Asian cinema in general and you know what to expect; but Andy Lau does deliver here and is his usual charismatic self even if his character is a bit of a self absorbed jerk at times. Eric Tsang is over the top in his role as Fatty… yes, Fatty is his characters name. Remember, broad humor. The straight man for the entire picture is Alan Tam, the previously mentioned geeky glasses wearing hero cop, who honestly impressed me in the role. Although not a physically dominating man, he makes up for it as a crackshot detective who thinks absolutely everything through. He holds the film on his shoulders and does a very respectable job as leading man. Afterward I was surprised at how few films I have seen him in or in a starring role. Perhaps his lines weren’t delivered very well, you never can say when watching foreign cinema but I will say I did enjoy him here.