Wah (Andy Lau) has a very short time to live and is given only a matter of weeks until he dies. With nothing left to lose he decides to play a deadly game with a negotiator, police investigator Ho (Lau Ching Wan), over the next 72 hours. Before he knows it Ho is caught between flying bullets, stolen jewels and Chinese gangsters.
People who are familiar with the director Johnny To will know what to expect when watching this; a fast, fun, touching and stylish movie. If you're expecting an action movie then look elsewhere Running Out Of Time is more of a cat and mouse thriller. Part of the reason why Running Out Of Time was so successful in Hong Kong was the script; it's very clever with well developed characters and all sorts of twists. Given the subject matters involved this could have been a really dark and depressing movie however it is surprisingly light hearted mood throughout. Many characters are obviously there for comic relief and there were a few places where I laughed out loud.
The film contains the usual stylish flair from Johnny To and a very impressive soundtrack/score throughout the whole movie. The actors also put on good performances, especially Lau Ching Wan and Andy Lau. As I said this is not an action movie and one of the films major flaws was about half way through with a car shoot-out scene. This was probably one of the worst and unbelievable shoot-outs I've ever seen.
Now for the DVD! Let's just say I'm a little more than disappointed with it. The picture and sound is fine, the subtitles on the other hand were appalling. It's filled with so many errors that are so obvious (makes me wonder if they actually checked it before releasing it). The extras are passable but I'm taking a wild guess here and saying that Tai Seng was able to meet with the two French script writers. You get a commentary by the two writers, an interview with the two writers and a documentary talking to Hong Kong directors about the two writers. It's kind of interesting but I would have liked a 'making of' or interview/commentary with the actors or director.
Overall Running Out Of Time is one of many brilliantly stylish and fun movies made by Johnny To and his production company. With a clever script, dazzling performances and some fine comedy moments this is a must for any Hong Kong film fan. The subtitles on this DVD did ruin it for me though and it would probably be worth trying to get your hands on a VCD or DVD from Hong Kong rather than buying this version.