Chu Yen Ping's Hunting list has to be one of the most derivative films ever made, and that really is saying something when talking about Hong Kong triad movies. Where this would usually be an issue, with this movie much of the fun is picking where the various ideas and scenes have been stolen from.
Chu Chi Kit (Ray Lui) returns from hiding out in Taiwan and goes back to work with his best friend Cramp (Tan Lap Man) a hot headed, drug dealing triad. Their big boss Lui (Paul Chun Pui) is ambitious and is being held back by the actions of some of his "brothers", will he choose ambition or loyalty?
Essentially Chu Yen Ping's Hunting list is a remake of Phil Joanou's excellent State of grace from 1990. Despite sharing virtually the same storyline, the two movies are radically different in approach, State of grace is a serious and seriously well acted film, while Hunting list is a typically trashy category III action movie that aims for nothing more than to provide the sex and violence cat III fiends desire. If that sounds like a criticism it isn't at all. It delivers on both counts, Hunting list delivers some fantastically bloody shoot outs that utilise some of the most incredible squibs I've ever seen, they don't just blow, they shoot the blood in jets that travel several feet! The numerous sex scenes are not particularly well intergrated into the film and feel like padding to get the movie to feature length, but most won't be complaining!
The performances are pretty poor across the board, the film prefers hysteria over drama right from the off and when the tone of the acting is pretty much at ten to start with there really is only one way to go when the real histrionics begin.
Hunting list is a fun little time waster, that while offering little in terms of anything new or any actual drama, delivers pretty much everything it sets out to. enjoyment also comes from the blatant lifting of scenes from other movies, the most notable ones being the two stolen from Tony Scott's True romance, almost verbatim. Mostly though the fun comes from the movies enthusiasm for it's more exploitable elements, especially those incredible squibs!