He Lives by Night (1982)
Reviewed by: cpardo on 2007-10-09
Summary: Entertaining thriller/comedy
A string of murders is taking place in Hong Kong, where a man dressed as a woman stalks and kills women wearing white fishnet stockings. As police try to solve the case, inquistive DJ talk show host Sissy teams up with chubby police chief to find the murderer. She even takes a risk and makes herself the bait, leading to her being stalked at her own radio station...

This was thoroughly enjoyable thriller, with a bid of blood and horror to mix with that Cinema City style comedy provided by Sylvia Chang and Kent Cheng. Also on hand is a very young Simon Yam, who plays a cop/old school friend of Slyvia's. Also look for Eric Tsang as a punk rocker kid in KISS makeup. The also has a definite sense of mood and style, since a lot of takes place at night. There's some good cinematography, good use of lighting and a thrilling conclusion. But it's also funny and Sylvia is fun to watch playing the tomboyish loud Sissy who changes to a sexy-voiced radio show host at night. Eddie Chan is not bad as the killer--definitely has that psycho look down--this crossdressing angle definitely has a tinge of darkness to it. I can't really see any statement being made in the movie. It's just well-made 80's thriller with good filmmaking and good cast.
Reviewer Score: 7