I don’t think anyone will argue that MURDERER is a fine fine piece of cinema. I don’t even think anyone will argue that it’s a decent film with a thought-provoking premise. On paper, MURDERER sounds like an atrocious idea. The cat and mouse serial killer storyline has been done to death but I dear say this one is different. This one has the indomitable Aaron Kwok and newbie director Roy Chow at the helm. Kwok’s notorious overacting is in full display here, he’s bug-eye crazy and sports an out of this world moustache. Chow does the right thing in surrounding Kwok’s performance with his bombastic style. You get jump cuts, weird angles and kinetic camera movements. And how about that mother of a twist? Whoa, as a result what we get is an insane film that’s so ridiculous that you can’t help but have a good time with it. The laughs keep coming as the film plunges deeper and deeper into the realm of outlandishness.
I could go on, but that would mean spilling the beans on some of the film’s major plot points. All I can say is watch it, if you have already seen it, watch it again. Once you know the twist and it’s out of the way it becomes that much more hilarious. Or better, watch the Making Of, that’s included in the Hong Kong DVD. In it, Aaron talks about the amount of research he did to prepare for his character. An actual police officer is interviewed and there’s some wildlife footage thrown in.
I’m not kidding.