On a collection job, Chung-chau meets the hard-nosed, 16-year-old Ping (Neiky Yim) and, despite Wing’s warnings about getting emotionally involved, falls for her kooky charms. Meanwhile, Chung-chau is convinced he’s being taken over by the spirit of the dead schoolgirl, and elects to deliver the two letters found by Sylvester. When Ping suddenly disappears one day, Chung-chau starts to lose his grip on reality and takes on a killing contract from Wing.
Though the plot and its unfolding are often as confused and out-there as the central character’s mind-set, helmer Chan constructs an often involving, rough-edged portrait of a certain section of Hong society that’s running out of control with nowhere to go. Wild camerawork, sweaty, totally convincing playing by Lee in the main role, and an often deafening soundtrack heavy with background noise, all combine in a portrait of angry youth that’s as hypnotic as it’s often maddeningly kinetic. Pic, which copped a special jury prize at Locarno, is likely to put off anyone not attuned to such nihilistic fare.
For the record, the movie, which was godfathered by Hong Kong megastar pop singer Andy Lau, was made for $80,000, using short ends of film stock from pictures Chan worked on over the years.