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With: Andy Lau, Cecilia Cheung, Eddie Cheung Siu-Fai, Karen Tong Bo-Yu, Chun Wong, Yuen Bun
Written by: Wai Ka-Fai, Yau Hai-Noi, Au Kin-Yee, Yip Tin-Shing
Directed by: Johnny To/Johnnie To, Wai Ka-Fai
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Language: Cantonese with English subtitles
Running Time: 93
Date: 09/27/2003

Running on Karma (2003)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Kung Fu Muscle

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Andy Lau (Fulltime Killer) stars as a monk-turned-bodybuilder called Big who can "see karma" and wears an almost-convincing foam muscle suit. He becomes involved with a murder case involving an Indian man who can twist himself up like a pretzel and a cute lady cop, Yee (Cecilia Cheung). Big sees that Yee is a reincarnated Japanese killer and will eventually die for her "crimes." It's all a little baffling, but -- as directed by Johnny To (The Heroic Trio) -- Running on Karma strikes the right tone between humor and action, and comes up with some truly spectacular scenes, not the least of which has Lau demonstrating his kung-fu skills on a Kleenex.

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