Night Caller (1985)
Reviewed by: STSH on 2001-03-23
Summary: Competent crime thriller
First of all, something puzzling. All the credits, front and back, are in English only. At least, that's how it was on the Ocean Shores LD copy I watched. Yet the dialogue was in the original Cantonese, and there were no subs ! What on earth were the distributors thinking ?

However, if you don't understand Chinese, this is no problem. The film has high production values and is very well made, and the story is very clear and easy to follow. As a bonus (?), there are far more English phrases and expressions sprinkled around than the average HK film.

The territory is fairly much standard Western crime thriller stuff with a few interesting twists. The support cast seems to feature HK veterans by the dozen, and this helps towards the overall impression of a professionally-made film.

Not that it's all that great. I can't say that I really felt much for any of the characters, even the extremely cute (and, curiously for a HK film, completely non-annoying) little girl, and even when the detective is captured and tortured, I wasn't that concerned if he was rescued or not.

If you're tired of gritty and gory cop shows, or slashers spoiled by too much silliness, NIGHT CALLER may provide a pleasant change. Lukewarm recommendation.
Reviewer Score: 6