by Del Harvey
This DVD is available for purchase at HKFlix.com.
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When three Hong Kong salarymen challenge four of their contemporaries at a bar one night, they find their lives turned upside-down as they must fight for their very lives.
Directors Shundo and Toshimichi Ohkawa’s film Nobody depicts a landscape of disenfranchised, as fear and one-upmanship rule the world of three white collar workers. The contradiction lies in the fact that these three work for a large security firm. When they challenge four other white collar contemporaries at a bar one night, it is soon apparent they’re in way over their heads. Several chance encounters follow and the violence escalates to ridiculous levels, resulting in murder. The film’s surprise ending seems almost an afterthought, as though the director were searching for a way out.
Nobody features Riki Takeuchi (Takashi Miike’s Dead or Alive series) as Nanbu, the most defiantly vocal of the three; Masaya Kato is Taki, the snappy dresser; and Hedeo Nakano is Konishi, the chubby, fearful one. The three are fairly interesting characters, and their American counterparts would be somewhere between Yuppies and Skulls.
Nobody is stylish and slick looking, in an Eighties sort of way. There is barely enough action in the film to satisfy the average action fan. Unfortunately, Nobody is well-intended but ultimately fails to satisfy.
Del Harvey is a writer and screenwriting teacher living in Chicago.
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