The Green Hornet (1994)
Reviewed by: STSH on 2006-04-04
Summary: Chinese Batman
A sort of Chinese version of Batman (Batcave and all), with a couple assistants (one is Lam Ching Ying, behind glasses and a beard) and a knockout boomerang. He's just trying to prevent crime and fight the "baddies", but they keep trying to entrap him. If that isn't enough, he's aroused the attention of a pesky and pretty HK reporter, who keeps showing up and needing to be resuced.

Yes, it does have that Saturday- afternoon serial mentality. The story starts fairly slowly, meanders around for the first half, which is sparingly interrupted by a couple of pretty tame and stagey fights.

There's a definite point from which the film picks up : when Hornet and the Police Captain square off, in what is effectively a draw. From here, the fight scenes are more frequent and much better, though still nothing fantastic. The best fights are between Hornet and an American-accented foreigner (labouring under the delusion that he's a German !).

Warning to the sensitive (and don't laugh ! I do know one or two HK movie fans to whom this applies !) : the final shoot-out scene contains the sort of body count HK films are justly famous for. In case you haven't guessed, the storyline and acting are nothing to get excited about, and it's a very low-budget effort.

OVERALL : A not-very-inspiring directorial effort for Lam Ching Ying. Quite good, if you're bored.
Reviewer Score: 4