Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB
Original title: Yi Ban Hai Shui, Yi Ban Huo Yan
Hong Kong, 2008. Filmko Entertainment Limited. Screenplay by Fendou Liu, based on the novel by Shuo Wong. Cinematography by Chor Keung Chan, Ying Chen. Produced by Xiaodian Liu, Simon Yam. Music by Ronald Ng. Production Design by Raymond Kwok, Yang Li. Film Editing by Chi-Leung Kwong, Ying Zhou. Toronto International Film Festival 2008.
A pimp gets out of jail and, following a nasty encounter with a business rival, meets a sexy waitress with whom he begins a violent affair. The two of them go back and forth between abusive conflicts and hot, torrid sex until his violent pathology infects her view of the world and she begins to strike at him with his own style of passion. It doesn’t have the emotional depth of Lust, Caution, but the characters are interesting and deep enough to engage you as a viewer, plus it’s sexy as hell.