Turning Up the Heat

Director Benny Chan has packed Heroic Duo with sophisticated weaponry, high-speed car chases and dizzying stunts, including one stomach-quivering sequence in which a character traverses two skyscrapers using a wobbly, metal stepladder. Noticeably absent are high-wire kung fu acrobatics; Chan, who first gained notoriety with kung fu fantasy Magic Crane, apparently no longer wants anything to do with Chinamen in robes—unless they're behind the wheel of a Ferrari Testarossa.

What's Right With Japan
 Gross National Cool
 Music: Rinngo Sheena
 Architecture: Redesigning Tokyo
 Business: 7-Eleven Culture
 Movies: The New Filmmakers
August 11, 2003 Issue

 India: Hindu-Muslim Tensions
 China: Why Dissidents Return
 Thailand: Stepping into the Ring

 Movies: Leon Lai's Heroic Duo
 Books: The Chinese in America

 Korea: Talking About Talks
 Cambodia: Hun Sen Reelected
 Philippines: More Military Unrest?
 Terror: Bali Bombers in Court

 The End of Long Haul Travel?

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Heroic Duo's plot, however, is as creaky as any martial artsploitation flick. Leon Lai makes his action-hero debut here, playing a police hypnotist drafted to foil evil Francis Ng, who...

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