An ordinary guy turns vigilante and finds his exploits glorified in a newspaper serial in “Comeuppance,” an enjoyable, well-worked out light comedy that just goes on a reel too long. Very typical of the playful, neo-gangster genre pioneered by director-producer JohnnieTo with “The Mission,” this reps another solid entry by helmer Derek Chiu, without equaling his best film, the 1994 black comedy “Mr. Sardine.” Film tanked locally late last year but could interest specialized TV buyers.
Sung (Patrick Tam) is an introverted photo lab technician who, on a whim, poisons a triad and his men in a restaurant. Developing a taste for rooting out the city’s evil elements, Sung continues his killing spree, which is soon fictionalized by a journalist, Hak (Jordan Chan, almost unrecognizable in glasses and a baseball hat), in need of inspiration. Fiction and reality become entertainingly intertwined as a cop, Michael (Sunny Chan), and Hak try to save Sung from a vengeful Taiwanese gangster (Wu Hsing-kuo). Film takes a while to establish a rhythm, and becomes a tad repetitive in its second half, but performances are good, jogged along by a catchy score.