For Bad Boys Only (2000)Director: Raymond Yip Wai-Man
Starring: Ekin Cheng Yee-Kin, Louis Koo Tin-Lok, Shu Qi, Kristy Yeung Kung-Yu
Tagline: "I want sexual relations!"
Yes, Shu Qui does get nude in this movie. She is so hot in France right now for some reason
King Chan (Ekin Cheng Yee-Kin), Queen Chan (Kristy Yeung Kung-Yu) and Jack Shum (Louis Koo Tin-Lok) are a group of private eyes known as the BAD BOYS. When we first meet them they are blowing a wedding in Thailand for a client to get his girlfriend back.
After a successful job on the flight back to Hong Kong, King woos a flight attendant with his 'special deck' of tarot cards. Jack and Queen make fun of him for trying to woo every woman he sees.
He continues this trend while they are on a job where he woos the organist at a church. Later, at a nightclub he is out with the organist he met as well as Queen and Jack, when he falls for the female DJ, but much to his horror, the flight attendant turns up and he is forced to do some fancy manoeuvring.
Also at the nightclub a Japanese dude with white hair (we never learn his name), is talking to a businessman who he then introduces to a woman called Eleven (Shu Qi). This woman catches King's eye, but he is too busy with the DJ to care.
A few days later, a man meets with the Bad Boys who wants their help to find his girlfriend named Shadow (Shu Qi). She has been missing for 14 months. Something that comes as a surprise for King is that she looks a lot like a woman he saw at the nightclub. As the man has not been working since his girlfriend disappeared he doesn't have any money. Jack and King don't want the case, but Queen convinces them to consider it.
Not long after a rich businessman in Taiwan requests their help in finding a former lover (Shu Qi) who also bears a striking resemblance to Shadow and the woman King saw in the nightclub.
As he thinks the woman in the nightclub is Shadow, he trails the white haired Japanese Dude (WHJD from now on), who as it turns out, is on the trail of Eleven. He rescues her just before she is captured and calls Shadow's boyfriend, who quickly tells him she is not his girlfriend. This pleases King no end as Eleven is very curious and wants to kiss all the time.
However, all is not what it seems. Eleven can only remember that she is a human and is half Japanese and half Chinese. WHJD is on their trail as he wants to get Eleven back to gain the approval of Mr X and Queen and Jack are having their own problems...
At first glance this movie would seem quite similar to the popular buddy cop movies that come out of Hollywood on a regular basis. It is a bit different however as there are many interesting characters and situations that make it special.
While King Chan and Jack Shum are what you would expect from the male leads, I liked Queen Chan's character the most as she is very stylish and managers to appear in every scene sucking on a lollypop.
Special mention must go to Shu Qi who plays three roles in the film. While it can get a bit confusing working who she is meant to be at that time, it is a boon for Shu Qi fans as she is on screen three times as much. There is also a funny moment later in the film involving a secret warehouse and Eleven, but I won't spoil the surprise.
Some of the characters are not that well developed however. For example the main villain of the mysterious Japanese henchman doesn't seem to do much except look cool in the fight scenes.
The emphasis in this movie is on making everything look really slick and stylish - yes, it does borrow from Matrix quite a bit, but don't many other films nowadays? While there are some good action scenes, they are not really that violent or dramatic.
This movie comes highly recommended for Shi Qi fans and would be a good film for people who like action/comedy movies also.