Conspiracy (2000)
Reviewed by: j.crawford on 2000-11-28
Summary: Well-made thriller
With this film opening in July, director Sam Ho had five movies in cinemas this year. After not directing a film since 1997, he worked this year with talented actors like Simon Yam, Anthony Wong, and Sam Lee.

No big HK actors here, Conspiracy is notable for three reasons. The first reason is that the film features two young actresses who have recieved a lot of risque publicity, Sophie Ngan and Bessie Chan. Ms. Ngan is incredibly sexy and does well as the lusty "bad girl" of the story. Ms. Chan portrays the sexy, sweet "good girl". Both women appear semi-nude in the film.

The second reason Conspiracy is notable is because Simon Lui appears in another film in a supporting role. This fine actor brings his usual flare to this movie. Lui gets to make love with Sophie Ngan, not bad work if you can get it.

The third reason Conspiracy is notable is that there is not a screenwriting credit on the film. Stylistically, director Ho makes a major mistake right upfront. The title sequence, actually the last scene of the movie[slighty re-edited] played out of context, seems to be setting up a standard slasher movie.

Actually, Conspiracy is a well made Hitchcockian thriller that lifts its major premise from the Master's Strangers on a Train. Ngan and Lui hook up with Micheal Tse in Thailand and they agree to exchange murders. When it comes time for Tse to keep his end of the bargain, he gets cold feet. Chan is suspected by the police and tormented by Tse's infidelity with Ngan.

copyright 2000 J. Crawford
Reviewer Score: 7