Run and Kill (1993) - Billy Tang
An absolutely delirious conception propels Run and Kill, an unhinged nihilistic CATIII film full of tonal variations and abject barbarism that has got to be one of the most subversive family man stories ever committed to celluloid. There is a lot of artistry here amongst its manic rhythms and sweaty, grimy veneer with Bill Tang's direction being aptly modular in its ability to play within and fortify all its tonal variations between kinetic action, somber dramatics, and depraved horror. The difference between life and death is razor-thin in a world in which even the simplest of misunderstandings can lead to complete and utter ruin. Posits Hong Kong as a vast landscape of warring factions all attempting to gain a leg up. A dog-eat-dog world perhaps never more truly realized. Violence begets violence and purely distilled egoism is the only path to survival in a milieu in which nihilism is the settled state of things and the only logical way to interpret this world. Not its intention but also funny to consider this as the most insane PSA related to the dangers of binge drinking lol but honestly I kind of see this thing also as the most subversive film about self-realization and the importance of having self-respect ever made.
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