Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Sang Woo Han, Ching Wan Lau, Shirley Wong, Chien-lien Wu
Director: Patrick Leung
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
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(Mr.) N. Sean Wright | Whiteville, NC USA | 06/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Although the plot of this movie is very familiar
(a lone female assassin finally starts to feel
true emotions when she meets a "normal" guy
and then decides that she wants to leave the business)
"Beyond Hypothermia" sets a high standard for
run-of-the-mill assassin films. There is a
superb balance between drama and action in
this movie. The dramatic portions never come
across as forced, poorly written melodrama.
The action scenes appear to be even,fluid extensions
of the drama. The cinematography is Oscar quality,
in my opinion. At every turn, there are unique little
elements that grab the eye and hold your attention like something you may seen a
million times but all of a sudden it strikes you as brand new.
This movie was smartly designed and written.
The ending is a pain parade, and that's putting
it lightly. It's extremely violent, but surprisingly, not
saddening. In fact, it's almost refreshing because,
in a way, everyone got exactly what they were
seeking. You'll have to watch the movie to
fully appreciate how this is so."
Dorrie Wheeler | 06/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, the cinematography is spectacular. The film makers took great time and dedication with the action scenes, the cut shots and the still shots. The action scenes are fast paced and Chien-Lien does a wonderful job as a female assassin. She is in love with a man, he is in love with her, but she is a killer. He is naive and tells her he doesn't care about her job. American fans will consider this similar to the Brigette Fonda movie "Point of No Return." There are a lot of very violent and exciting shooting scenes in this movie and it's a very exciting Korean movie. The film really heats up as Chien-Lien does everything she can to protect her own life from the people out to kill her."
The Korean's answer to "La Femme Nikita"
E. Brummer | Los Angeles | 01/01/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Asian cinema keeps getting better and I give this movie five stars. Compared to "Point of no return" influenced by the original "La Femme Nikita". Beyond Hypothermia captures the gritty French noir look and feel that "Point of no return" couldn't. By no means is "Beyond Hypothermia" a remake of La femme Nikita but it takes the same plot of the lonely female assasin being burnt out on the job then falls for a man that knows nothing about her and this puts everything in jepordy. What makes this one interesting is the fact that it was shot in a country that has a different spin on it's culture towards women, which would probably explain why this fully independent soldier would fall for a simple modest noodle maker. The action is top notch as well as the cinematography and the story skips her beginnings (unlike La Femme Nikita) giving her character a more mysteious quality about her."
Chien-Lien Wu at her best
Pluto | 08/13/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Beautiful Chien-lien Wu stars in this action-packed movie. A very simple story about a killer who's body heat level is below that of the normal human, this movie is worth seeing for the performance of the main actress.
Chien-Lien shows considerable talent in a difficult role where she must restrain all emotions only to reveal herself at the end where her character discovers empathy and thrust with the help of a man who loves her.
Apart from that, this movie is essentialy a succession of action scenes with spectacular sequences and great artistic direction."