Reviewed by: mrblue
Despite having one of the more unique titles in the realm of Hong Kong crime movies, Love, Guns and Glass is ultimately just another Triad picture. This one revolves around Yung (Simon Yam), a dai lo who takes the fall to save the rest of his gang form jail time. While he's in the can, Yung decides that he's going to go straight once he gets out, but he find it hard to do, since his no-good wife has gambled away his fortune. Even worse, his daughter has become a pot-smoking tramp.
Reviewer Score: 5
Things begin to brighten up once Yung meets Yeuk (Cecilia Yip), a young woman trying to get a loan so she can keep her family's business going. Yeuk has also recently left her spouse, so the two form a bond that leads to a quickie marriage. The two seem to have things going on the right path, but Yung's old blood ties won't let him go so easily.
So the plot's not going to win any awards, and frankly, the screenplay feels like it was slapped together by drunken monkeys -- the wedding scene in particular is so ridiculous that I thought the film was turning into a Stephen Chow-esque farce. The actors also seem to be sleepwalking through their performances, which probably shouldn't be surprising, since these are fairly stock roles most of the involved actors had played many times before.
But like many films of this genre, what saves Love, Guns and Glass are the action sequences. There's not a lot going on until about the last half-hour or so (probably due to the production's obvious low budget) but once the bloodshed kicks in, it's solid stuff. Helmed by veteran Phillip Kwok, there's not quite so good as to make you forget the somewhat dull proceedings, but they do make Love, Guns and Glass worthy of a viewing.
[review from www.hkfilm.net]
Reviewed by: hkcinema
A kind of hyper emotional John Woo gangster-witha-heart-of-gold-homage. Simon Yam, gang boss, turns himself in to the cops in order to spare his buddies. He spends ten long years in jail during which his no good wife gambles away all his money and raises his little daughter into an ungrateful slutty teen with an attitude. When he returns to his former life. He generously loans money to a high class gal, Cecilia Yip with financial troubles. His wife and daughter leave him. In despair over the mess he has made of his life, he proposes to Cecilia hoping to start over and go straight. In spite of their different class status, the two fall for each other and make a go of her failing factory. Up to this point, the movie is great. Excellent gun-fu mixed with scenes of loyalty, betrayal and romance. But, then things start to get really messy, plot wise and blood wise. The two are beset with a series of loan shark related difficulties. At each crisis, Simon Yam decides that the best solution is to maim himself in some way. Eventually, Cecilia's life and that of her unborn child apparently hang on Yam's acting ability. His joblike plea to God for mercy is worthy of any number of golden horses BUT can his command of the Stanislovsky Method actualy raise the dead?
[Reviewed by Cynthia Rhae Woodard Perry]