Reviewed by: David Harris
I'm the first to review this too!
This is the second of this issues films to star Michael Wong about whom it should be noted has this year directed his first film "Miles Apart" - it sounds like it might be a romantic movie but trust me it's an action orientated film and don't forget to keep your eyes peeled for a review in these very pages in the next issue. Thankfully "The Game Of No Rule" is at the very least a slightly better proposition than the other film of his reviewed this issue namely "Violent Cop" and praise be for that.
Whilst "The Game Of No Rule" is like the aforementioned movie in that it isn't anything to rave about in terms of originality it is at least executed with a little more panache. Michael Wong plays a borderline alcoholic cop called Vodka (I wonder if he's any relation to Tequila.....) who has been suspended for having shot his partner whilst on duty but he maintains his innocence. He becomes friends with four youngsters - Dragon, Tiger, Wind & Cloud - who have recently been released from jail where they were put for the murder of a local loan shark. This doesn't sit too well with his superiors and it makes him a target of the loan shark's brother who is looking to exact revenge.
Michael Wong has his detractors and I'd be the first to admit that I'm not his biggest fan in the world but put him in the right role in the right film with the right co-stars and he can rise to the occasion ("Beast Cops" is a perfect example.....that's plug number two). Whilst this film doesn't represent his best work it is watchable in a disposable kind of way and might well be just the thing if you're not in that demanding of a frame of mind.
The cloud over Vodka's head (asides the hangover) is lifted when the cop who he was suspended for shooting says from his hospital bed whilst being visited by his brother who is also a cop - Officer Ko - that it was in fact he and not Vodka that had fired first. Although it has to be said that with this being a modern day action film / heroic bloodshed movie it is somewhat inevitable that his hospital bed also doubles as his death bed and that he manages to make a crucial utterance before breathing his last - in this movie though he does manage to complete what he is trying to say which doesn't always happen.
All relevant things considered "The Game Of No Rule" isn't the worst film you'll ever see this year (should you decide to watch it that is) but by the same token you will not be missing much if you decide to pass on it. It's not the kind of film even a hardcore Hong Kong junkie like myself can wax lyrical about without shouting "Nooooo!" in a matter of seconds but then again it isn't completely dire - in one word? Average (although others may consider me kind).