Tau kwai mo jeu
Mandarin: Tou kui wu zui
English: Watching Is Not a Crime
The scandal involving Taiwanese politician Melody Chu Mei-feng (whose sexual
encounter with a married man was secretly taped and then widely circulated
on VCD, leading to her resignation) was a natural for HK exploitation cinema
but, amazingly, Wong Jing had nothing to do with this low-budget production.
A specialist in divorce cases, private eye Calvin (Daniel Wu Yan-zu) is offered
HK$1 million by Siu-wong (Grace Lam Nga-sze) who wants him to undertake an
investigation in Taiwan. The target is comely, bisexual legislative councillor
Kwai Fung-ming (Teresa Mak Kar-kei), who enjoys an affluent life filled with
decadent parties. Siu-wong brings Calvin to one of these soirees, giving him
the chance to hide several tiny video cameras throughout Fung-ming's home.
Later that evening, he gets footage of his client and Fung-ming making love.
The former is satisfied with the footage but wants him to continue shooting
for another two weeks. Calvin finds himself becoming protective of Fung-ming,
and his girlfriend, Cindy (Jenny Yam Kong-sau), soon begins to question the
future of their relationship. Shortly thereafter, Calvin breaks his professional
code of ethics and becomes involved with Fung-ming himself, leading to predictable
The coyest Category III movie since TEMPTATION OF AN ANGEL (the target audience
will be distressed to learn that the only visible nipples here belong to Daniel
Wu), THE PEEPING is routinely made and features a screenplay by the infamous
"Not a Woman" that incorporates all of the expected cliches. As
a result, the movie falls short of another recent item, Billy Tang Hin-sing's
engagingly campy DEVIL TOUCH (reviewed in issue
#101a). While no more explicit, that picture is a much more stylish outing
that works in some clever twists and turns to hold one's attention between
the fleshy interludes. The performances here are also not particularly inspired;
it doesn't help that Teresa Mak and Grace Lam had to be dubbed by other actresses
because of their lack of fluency in Mandarin and Daniel Wu seems sedate (or
maybe just sedated) throughout. Aside from one amusing zoom shot, director
Marco Mak Chi-sin (THE BLOOD RULES, COP ON A MISSION) seems interested only
in finding ways to conceal the actresses' "naughty bits," and most
viewers will feel that he did all-too-good of a job at it. Samuel Leung Cheuk-moon
(playing a normal, even honorable guy!) also appears.
Cover art courtesy Universe.
|Universe #6095 (Hong Kong
Dolby Digital 5.1
Cantonese and Dubbed Mandarin Language Tracks
Optional Subtitles In English and Chinese (Traditional
8 Chapters Illustrated In the Menu With Clips
Coded for ALL Regions
Contains moderate sexual content, moderate sexual violence,
moderate violence, brief nudity, coarse language, and drug use
menu courtesy Universe.
BOARD RATINGS AND CONSUMER ADVICE
Hong Kong: III
The image is soft and hazy, with light blacks. The Cantonese
version is a blend of live and dubbed audio, while the Mandarin version sticks
with that language throughout; both mixes are subdued and predominantly monophonic
in nature. Extras consist of a trailer, and additional spots for PARTNERS,
INNER SENSES, and THE STEWARDESS.
THE PEEPING is
available at Poker Industries.
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