You Shoot I Shoot (2001)
Golden Harvest | Linksun International Limited
Cast: Eric Kot Man Fai, Cheung Tat Ming, Audrey Fang, Miao Felin, Asuka Higuchi,
Cameo: Spencer Lam, Vincent Kok, Ken Wong, Lam Suet, Tats Lau, Madam Nancy, Lam Gwing Yo,
Tin Kai Man, Anthony Ng
Presenter: Raymond Chow Writer: Vincent Kok, Pang Ho Cheung Music: Peter Kam
Cinematography: O Sing Piu Art Director: Bill Lui Editor: Koi Leung (HKSE)
Executive Producer: Stephen Chu, David Chan Co-Producer: Gin Lau Producer: Vincent Kok
Director: Edmond Pang Ho Cheung
Genre: Comedy Length: 94 minutes
"The more you kill, the more you save!"
Times are tough for jack-asses of all trades, including professional killers. So hitman Bart
(Eric Kot), has to resort to phoning up former clients to try and drum up business. He finds a
willing customer in a bitchy socialite (Miao Felin) whose one-night stand with a lawyer was
secretly videotaped and sold as a black market VCD. Not only does she want him killed, she
wants the whole thing filmed. But the final result is unsatisfying- the camera shakes and it's
blurry. Bart gets a second chance to kill the VCD manufacturer (Fong Ping), but he knows
he'll needs a partner to hold the camera.
Luckily, Bart finds an easily mainpulated assistant director Li Tung Chuen (Cheung Tat Ming).
Creatively frustrated, Chuen dreams of directing films like his idol, Martin Scorsese. The pair
carry out a series of hits that delight their vengeful clients. Eventually their services are solicited
by Triad boss Brother Bill (Chan Wai Man), who wants to bump off rival gang leader Dai
Hung (played by Jim Chim Sui Man). However, to carry out his violent vision perfectly,
Brother Bill insists that Bart say "Bill from Hung Hang sent me to kill you" just before firing.
The evening of the planned assassination, Dai Hung is shot by a team of rival "killers who film it"
(Lam Suet and Tats Lau), ruining the film for Bart and Chuen. This gives Chuen the chance to
test his mettle as a filmmaker by recreating the killing with actors, props and careful editing.
There aren't too many films I can say this about, but You Shoot I Shoot is kind of perfect.
First time director Edmond Pang wrote the novel that was the basis for Fulltime Killer,
which was released the same month and received far more fanfare. While Fulltime Killer had
elements of irony and dark humor, You Shoot I Shoot is a thoroughly black black comedy
that never holds back. It was produced and co-written by Vincent Kok, who cameos as a
porn seller who peddles a movie called "Bang Your Brains Out" directed by Yuen Woo Ping!
Speaking of porn, Higuchi Asuka plays Michiko, Chuen's porn actress girlfriend and offers
him a generous sampling of her past experience as a fluffer with disarming innocence and purity.
The casting is brilliant, with lots of ugly-interesting actors that give the movie a distinct edgy
character. Shaw Yin Yin, who already looks pretty freaky, is terrific all uglied up as Bart's
annoying mother in law to-be. Chan Wai Man is an obvious but apt choice for the triad boss.
Eric Kot is the coolest. His catchy theme song to the film ("everybody shoot, shoot, shoot!")
is a highlight.
Related viewing: Fulltime Killer (2001) Andy Lau, Takashi Sorimachi
Cheap Killers (1998) Alex Fong, Sunny Chan
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