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Running on Karma (2003)

Dai zek lo (original title)
A monk turned body-builder, with the gift to see into people's lives, befriends a female cop, and uses his gift to change the force of Karma and her destiny.

Directors:

Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai (as Wai Ka Fai)

Writers:

Ka-Fai Wai (as Wai Ka Fai), Nai-Hoi Yau (as Yau Nai Hoi) | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Andy Lau ... Big
Cecilia Cheung ... Inspector Lee Fung Yee
Eddie Cheung ... Inspector Chung (as Cheung Siu Fai)
Wong Chun ... Yee's Superior Officer (as Chun Wong)
Karen Tong ... Woman
Wen Zhong Yu Wen Zhong Yu ... Master Wu (as Yu Wen Zhong)
Lian Sheng Hou Lian Sheng Hou ... Master Wen (as Hou Lian Sheng)
Sheng Wei He Sheng Wei He ... (as He Sheng Wei)
Meng Zhang Meng Zhang ... Jade (as Zhang Meng)
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Tin-Bo Tam
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Exotic dancer Dai Jet Lo (brawny man) has a gift to see through "cause and consequence". He meets a female cop and uses his gift to help her capture an extremely dangerous murderer. The female cop learns that Dai Jet Lo was once a monk who, due to the murder of a friend, left the monastery to find the killer. The female cop also has a inevitable "karma" that dooms her to die an unnatural death. The duo decide to oppose "cause and consequence" and change what cannot be changed. Written by Anon

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Beyond Love
Music by Keith Leung
Lyrics by Xi Lin
Performed by Anthony Yiu-Ming Wong
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Weird... yet wonderful?!
15 December 2005 | by rmj1971See all my reviews

What do you want from your movies? A shaolin monk turned stripper/bodybuilder with psychic abilities? A young female Hong Kong cop cursed by her former life as a murderous WW2 Japanese soldier? A mysterious mountain-dwelling, serial-killing hermit who's evaded the authorities for five years? A karmic feud between two men dating back generations? A rage-filled police chief who thinks nothing of beating and/or killing suspects to get results? Well, look no further than Running on Karma! Co-Directors Johnny To and Wai Ka Fai throw all these ingredients into the mixer and come up with one original cinematic cocktail. By turns funny, tragic, romantic, horrific and action packed, Running on Karma is a film that could only have been made in Hong Kong. Great performances from Cecilia Cheung and Andy Lau make you care about the characters and their fates, despite the loopy/deep(?) storyline that will have your brain spinning. No description of this film is a match for actually seeing it, so what are you waiting for?


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Release Date:

27 September 2003 (Hong Kong) See more »

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