Silver Hawk
Silver Hawk
| 15 January 2004 (USA)
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Michelle Yeoh plays Lulu Wong, a much-idolised rock star and philanthropist by day, and a super heroine, Silver Hawk, who fights injustice in skin-tight black leather outfit as her alter-ego. Richie Ren plays police detective Richman, who has an uncanny instinct and incredible wit, but he hates Silver Hawk for being always two steps ahead of the police. Both of them, however join hands to fight a baddie, Wolfe (Luke Goss) who wants to dominate the world through a special microchip in mobile phones which will broadcast subliminal message to users. Directed by cinematographer-turned-director Jingle Ma.

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BootDigest

Such a frustrating disappointment

Lumsdal

Good , But It Is Overrated By Some

Spoonatects

Am i the only one who thinks........Average?

Kailansorac

Clever, believable, and super fun to watch. It totally has replay value.

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chez22

My wife and I just watched this tonight on Showtime. A rare occasion where we had nothing to do and there was nothing else on.I certainly agree with the first reviewer, too many Western-style jump cuts, CGI and Matrix- style fight scenes. With that said, it's all in good fun. The whole movie is pretty silly, but in a good-spirited way. It's odd enough in a Hong Kong sci-fi action way to keep one's interest. The art direction is superb, along with the costume design.I'll also agree with the first reviewer that there's lots of eye candy. Beautiful Asian women in sexy costumes. Seems every woman in the movie, no matter how small the role is a knockout and dressed to the nines. Michelle Yeoh, in the lead role, seems to have a different hairstyle and outfit in every scene. If it's on cable, or there's nothing else available at the video store and you're a fan of kitchy Hong Kong action, it's certainly worth a look.

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BluesManBDR529

I love Asian action movies. So when I saw the case for this, I had to check it out and picked up the DVD. I wish that I had just rented it. I was hoping for something as much fun as Returner. Silver Hawk, however, is not it. The movie is decent, but other than a couple of moments in the movie, it just doesn't fare too well. In some fights the action is pretty good but in others it's just overly cheesy. Don't get me wrong, I like cheesy stuff sometimes, but some of this was just bad. The editing and slow motion parts in the fights were crappy. Another problem, and this is the fault of the DVD makers and not the movie itself, is that the DVD did not contain the original language track. So I had to contend with a really bad dubbing job as well. Despite all that, there is some fun to be had. Michelle Yeoh and Richie Ren looked like they were having fun, and there was some good unintentional humor. It wasn't a total waste of money, but if I could go back I wouldn't have bought it. The bottom line is, it's not the worst movie I've ever seen, but it's no where near the best either. It's merely forgettable, and that's worse than being horribly bad. If you want a good fun action movie go get Returner which stars Takeshi Kaneshiro and Anne Suzuki. Let Silver Hawk be a renter.

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sarastro7

Asia doesn't have many bona-fide superheroes in their fantastic fiction; they tend to have kung fu masters and such, but apart from Black Mask (which was very mediocre) I don't think I've seen any other real Asian superhero movies except for this one; Silver Hawk. It is a true combo of kung fu and super-heroics, as the main character, Lulu Wong (Michelle Yeoh), has excelled in the martial arts since childhood and have found a way to use her martial arts for the good of all society as the silver-costumed hero Silver Hawk.The movie takes place in the future, where they have holographic mahjong and some brand-new mind-reading devices. Stylistically, everything is entirely kept in ice-blue glass and metal, which all looks sleek and cool, but also rather cold and inhuman.A human dimension is added, however, in the childhood flashbacks, where a lot of connections are drawn to Silver Hawk's adult life. For instance, the reason she wears a mask is because she did so as a kid, too, to disguise her identity when she was kung fu brawling in defiance of her teachers' orders. This cross-time dimension with her childhood works very well indeed, also because she runs into her childhood friend again as an adult, his having become a police chief. Initially he wants to catch Silver Hawk, but as soon as he finds out who she is, he starts working with her.The bad guy (supervillain, really), Fire Wolf, is quite dull, and his plan not very well described. There are a couple of plot holes in the story, too, and while the action is pretty good, the fighting isn't spectacular. But still a relatively good and watchable movie. I rate it a 6 out of 10.I'm very interested in movies that combine kung fu and science fiction. My list so far includes Silver Hawk, Avenging Fist, Jet Li's The One, and, of course, the Matrix Trilogy, and Equilibrium. And also, Star Wars, sort of, since the Jedi abilities are a form of martial arts... I hope to discover more movies with kung fu and sci-fi combined.

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Joel K

This is one of those near-matrix clones with its special effects and mighty leaps. Made in Hong Kong, and it can be noticed. The concept of movie making differs from the Hollywood ones, but not too much. I am sick and tired of those unrealistic leaps and movements, which were designed to Matrix. Those effects shouldn't be part of these ordinary action movies. I don't recommend this to anyone. ** out of *****

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