I originally saw Charlene Choi in the insane romantic comedy "My wife is 18", and immediately had to buy more films starring this bubbling bundle of fun, and her "sister" Gillian Chung" - not really sisters, but a famous pop duo from China.
The Twins Effect was the second of her films I placed reverently in my DVD player, and from the moment the credits started I knew I was going to be in for a treat.
What you have here is a combination of the European Vapire genre and the East's incredible ability to make stunning stunts and manic humour a seamless, natural mosaic. Dante Lam's direction combines CGI and China'a patented wirework techniques to create a mind-blowing dark and powerful action drama, with injections of humour as only their movie productions can.
The humour is further supported by a wonderful supporting role by Hong Kong's leading star, Jackie Chan: and ambulance driver who gets caught up in The Twins' fight with the lords of the night.
Ms. Choi is the sister of the AntiVampire League's leading slayer, but she falls in love with the heir to the vampire society's royal throne: an immortal in hiding, as a usurper has killed off the king and the other prices. It doesn't help matters that he refuses to bite people, so has to have his blood sent to him in wine bottles.
The usuper is draining the life force from the royal line to gain teh power to open an ancient tome, which contains a source of ultimate power for vampires.
I shall not tell you much more, as it could spoil some of the surprises in store. But I will say, this film shows that China and Hong Kong are still the ones to watch when it comes to inovations. And if you like good entertainment as well as an edge of your seat ride, then this film is for you.
Hopefully, if the end is any indication, there will be a series of these films coming out over the next few years. I, for one, will be waiting with racing pulse.