HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
12 Hour Shift
Intergalactic Adventures of Max Cloud, The
Spoilers, The
Killer Therapy
Man Upstairs, The
Bloodhound, The
New Mutants, The
Tesla
Flame of New Orleans, The
Ham on Rye
Imperial Blue
Tenet
August 32nd on Earth
Don is Dead, The
Seven Sinners
Body of Water
Away
Soul
About Endlessness
Let It Snow
Ava
Deliver Us from Evil
Shark Attack 3: Megalodon
Midnight Sky, The
Lego Star Wars Holiday Special, The
Mon Oncle Antoine
Blast of Silence
Blackout, The
Stars in Your Eyes
Alone
Climate of the Hunter
Farewell Amor
Let's Scare Julie
Okko's Inn
Shaolin vs. Wu Tang
Fatman
Butt Boy
Dog of Flanders, The
Bushido Blade, The
Jiu Jitsu
   
 
Newest Articles
Network Double Bills: Seance on a Wet Afternoon and Ring of Spies
Chaney Chillers: Inner Sanctum Mysteries - The Complete Film Series on Blu-ray
Adelphi Extras: Stars in Your Eyes on Blu-ray
Toons for the Heads: Fantastic Planet and Adult Animation
Nature Girl: The New World on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Perfect Friday and Robbery
Network Double Bills: The House in Nightmare Park and The Man Who Haunted Himself
Newley Minted: The Strange World of Gurney Slade on Blu-ray
Bad Love: The Night Porter on Blu-ray
Brevity is the Soul of Weird: Short Sharp Shocks on Blu-ray
Get Your Ass to Mars: Total Recall on Blu-ray
Call the Professionals: Le Cercle Rouge on Blu-ray
When There's No More Room in Hell: Dawn of the Dead on Blu-ray
The Butterfly Effect: Mothra on Blu-ray
Living Room Theatre: Play for Today Volume 1 on Blu-ray
Didn't He Do Well: The Bruce Forsyth Show on DVD
Blood Wedding: The Bride with White Hair on Blu-ray
The Inhuman Element: The Ladykillers on 4K UHD
As You Like It, Baby: Breathless on Blu-ray
Stargazing: Light Entertainment Rarities on DVD
Down to the Welles: Orson Welles Great Mysteries Volume 2 on DVD
Herding Cats: Sleepwalkers on Blu-ray
Confessions of a Porn Star: Adult Material on DVD
They're Still Not Sure It is a Baby: Eraserhead on Blu-ray
Werewolves are Real: Dog Soldiers on Digital
   
 
  Time and Tide Babies On Board
Year: 2000
Director: Tsui Hark
Stars: Nicholas Tse, Wu Bai, Candy Lo, Cathy Tsui, Anthony Wong, Jun Kung, Arsenio Bhoy Agpoon, Bon Tsu Chun, Angelo Carmones, William Chan, Cheung Hung On, Charles Fok, Jack Kao, Keung Leung Tal, Roderik Lam, Joe Li, Robert Miller, Pang Fu Yeuk
Genre: Drama, Action, ThrillerBuy from Amazon
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: Tyler (Nicholas Tse) likes to get philosophical, contemplating life with all its absurdities and wonders, and when you live the life he does, it's little surprise. Take the time he worked in a bar and saw an attractive woman (Candy Lo) sit down and order a drink: she was deeply unfriendly but was persuaded to get drunk with him, only to wake up the next morning in bed with her. She was furious, since she was a lesbian with a partner, and as a policewoman could make Tyler's existence a troubled one - fast forward nine months, and the question as to whether they had sex is answered, for she is just about to have a baby. What else for Tyler to do but become a bodyguard?

If that logic follows on for you with no problems, then you would likely get on very well with Time and Tide, director Tsui Hark's return to Hong Kong, albeit with the Hollywood Colombia's Far East spin-off funding the production, after he had helmed a couple of ill-received Jean-Claude Van Damme action extravaganzas. Now, those two movies, Double Team and Knock Off, though they served to derail Van Damme's big screen career, have since gone on to win cult followings, though it should be said this was down to them being regarded as camp, so-bad-they're-good genre pieces rather than down to their reassessment as works worthy of reappraisal and belated praise.

With Time and Tide it appeared Tsui had not learned his lesson, for if anything there was an even stronger sense of him doing whatever the Hell he liked and if anyone else enjoyed it, that was a bonus, as the old cliché goes. Among his most dedicated fans, who were well aware of what he was capable of and not about to dismiss him out of hand for a pair of missteps, this went down pretty well, yet for almost everyone else who gave it a try, the reaction was a resounding "Huh?!" as the finer points of the tangled plot came across as only something Tsui understood - even the cast looked to be struggling with the narrative minutiae at some stages, leaning on the action instead.

What was clear enough was this was a tale of two men protecting two pregnant women, as when Tyler signs up with former loan shark Uncle Ji (Anthony Wong) who is now in the bodyguard business, he makes a friend of one of his other employees, Jack. He was played by Asia's biggest rock star Wu Bai in a rare screen acting appearance, which at least brought in the punters curious to see how he would measure up in a traditional Hong Kong shoot 'em up. Jack has got the daughter (Cathy Tsui) of a rich business man pregnant, though they are a lot happier with this arrangement than Tyler is with his non-partner, since she doesn't want anything to do with him no matter how much he hangs around spying on her. In response, he settles into his daydreams of retiring to a picturesque Brazilian beach.

After that, it would seem a turf war erupts and Tyler is on one side, Jack on the other, but here was where the plot grew hazy as the action setpieces took over. The best of these was an attack on an apartment block which not only featured some audacious stunts but also some camerawork that without any apparent use of computer graphics prompted the viewer to ponder, how did they do that? Not to say there were no visual effects, as some dodgy overlaid explosions and infernos did tend to work against the otherwise impressive effect, but one supposed there was no way Tsui could have really blown out an apartment with an explosion Tyler only survives because he was hiding in a fridge: were George Lucas and Steven Spielberg watching and taking notes? This all wound up in an airport with the bullets flying, then the Hong Kong Coliseum during a pop concert as Jack's missis gives birth (while shooting a pistol!). It was ridiculous and only borderline coherent, but there was more than a kernel of entertainment there, like hearing a maestro improvise waywardly. Music by Kung Jun and Tommy Wai.

Aka: Shun liu ni liu
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 1436 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 

Tsui Hark  (1950 - )

Hong Kong director, producer, writer and actor and one of the most important figures in modern Hong Kong cinema. Hark majored in film in the US, before returning to his homeland to work in television. Made his directing debut in 1979 with the horror thriller The Butterfly Murders, while 1983's Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain was a spectacular ghost fantasy quite unlike anything in HK cinema at the time. Other key films of this period include Shanghai Blues and the brilliant Peking Opera Blues.

Hark established the Film Workshop production house in 1984, and was responsible for producing such groundbreaking films as John Woo's action classics The Killer and A Better Tomorrow, Ching Siu-Tung's A Chinese Ghost Story and New Dragon Gate Inn, and Yuen Woo-Ping's Iron Monkey. In 1991 Hark revitalised the period martial arts genre and launched the career of Jet Li by directing the hugely successful Once Upon a Time in China, which was followed by several sequels.

Like many Hong Kong directors, Hark gave Hollywood a go in the late nineties and directed Jean-Claude Van Damme in Double Team and Knock Off. He returned home soon after to continue directing and producing movies like Time and Tide, the epic effects-fest Legend of Zu and romantic adventure Seven Swords.

 
Review Comments (2)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Darren Jones
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Stately Wayne Manor
Enoch Sneed
  Geraint Morgan
Paul Smith
  Lee Fiveash
   

 

Last Updated: