Peace Hotel

A couple weeks ago, we finally sat down and watched this on DVD, which we had on loan from Jack.

Peace Hotel [2/5]
Written by Chow Yun-Fat & Wai Ka-Fai
Directed by Wai Ka-Fai

The Killer (Chow Yun-Fat)
Shau Siu Man (Cecilia Yip)

Touted as a spaghetti western of the Hong Kong movie variety, the movie does indeed have some of the elements of both genres: the repentant outlaw, the spirited (or perhaps, crazy) woman who challenges him, and a plot focused on revenge. While there are some intriguing stylized effects – such as the grainy black and white flashback sequences – the film overall didn’t seem to live up to its potential. Despite the careful setting of the stage, the story fizzles out, and the themes don’t appear to get more than a superficial treatment. If one’s a fan of either the actor or the genre, it’s an interesting film to watch, but I wouldn’t recommend it on its own merits.

One Response to “Peace Hotel”

  1. Michael Says:

    I’d probably agree with the 2/5 rating, as this movie had some flaws that, even given the general over-the-top nature of a lot of HK action movies, just detracted from my enjoyment. There are some great scenes here and there though.