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|The insouciant shamelessness of Hong Kong cinema when it comes to "borrowing" from U.S. originals seems even more egregious in a case like this one, when the unacknowledged source film is a long-forgotten box-office dud. This 1988 romantic suspense picture is a startlingly direct lift of the minor Don Simpson-Jerry Bruckheimer production Thief of Hearts, in which a cat burglar reads the diary of one of his victims and falls achingly in love with her. The infatuated thief has been replaced by an identically obsessed tough cop, played by Alex Man, the yuppie journalist from Rouge. There a few characteristically Asian touches to leaven the Yankee elements: heroine Elizabeth Lee is married to a workaholic designer of robot toys, and a murderous hood has a contract out on the staunch cop, just to keep the bullets flying. In effect, it's a stalker love story, a straight-faced There's Something About Mary. The cop's brother actually impersonates a retarded man in order to infiltrate the special school that Lee runs in her off-hours. The soundtrack makes lavish use of the glop-rock number "Take My Breath Away," boldly pilfered from another Simpson-Bruckheimer special, Top Gun. --David Chute|
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