Film Review: Trick or Treat (2021) by Hsu Fu-hsiang

First effort at a film by TV director Hsu Fu-hsiang, “Trick or Deal with” is a messy mashup of assorted genres and filmmakers’ kinds, which goals at leisure, principally by absurdity. Allow us to take issues from the start, although. 

“Trick or Deal with” is screening at Asian Pop-up Cinema

Feng is a cop, however as himself states, not precisely a shining instance of 1, since his connections with organized crime incessantly drive him to illegal actions. Throughout a police raid that leads to a sequence of intense occasions, principally instigated by Psycho, a trigger-happy colleague, one other officer, who works undercover and occurs to be Feng’s greatest buddy and within the scene, Chiang, takes the diamonds discovered and skips city. The native crime boss Feng has ties with, will get wind of what occurred, takes Psycho as hostage, and duties Feng with discovering the diamonds in 48 hours, whereas attaching to him one among his henchmen, Yang. The 2 of them, alongside Monk, one other policeman, journey to a village the place Chiang’s cellular was lively for the final time. The villagers, nevertheless, act suspiciously, and an intense sport of cat-and-mouse begins, the place the roles are reversed quite a few instances. If this weren’t already sophisticated sufficient, the ghost of a lady finally additionally seems. 

The mashup we talked about within the prologue is so intense, that the film may be described as a tribute to previous motion pictures and filmmakers. The Man Richie type of the swooshing succession of scenes incessantly resulting in flashbacks, courtesy right here of editor Wenders Li, the Miike type of comedian violence, the “soiled cop” motif, American grindhouse parts, significantly in the best way the villagers conduct themselves, HK motion type together with martial arts, a ghost and slapstick comedy, and even some Poirot moments, are all right here, as discovering the references of the film is not less than as entertaining because the movie itself. 

Regardless of this chaotic strategy to the narrative, and in addition the truth that not all the pieces is smart, once more in HK type, Hsu Fu-hsiang really makes the entire thing work in an uncanny manner, with the mix of gag jokes, absurd characters and conditions, violence, and the various plot twists leading to a film that’s fairly enjoyable to observe, additionally as a result of it doesn’t take itself significantly severely. The SFX, the general cinematography with the plethora of exaltations and scenes of magnificence, as those within the forest, and the sometimes frantic tempo, add to the aforementioned parts much more. Lastly, that it’s fairly tough to guess what is going to occur, not solely in the long run, however in every passing scene, positively advantages the narrative. 

The feedback expressed right here additionally transfer in the identical path, with police corruption, the cunningness normally related to rural folks, and the truth that anybody can turn out to be a killer below particular circumstances, add some depth, though they’re offered principally by comedy than in seriousness

The appearing can also be on a really excessive stage, with the solid having tailored to Hsu’s excessive type completely. Chen Bo-lin as Feng is nice because the hero/clown, Liu Kuan-ting succeeds totally into presenting a personality that seems cool however is something however, whereas Chen Yi-wen as Hsu, the daddy of the household, and Pai Ching-I as his spouse are hilarious to observe, with the latter stealing the present on quite a few events. 

“Trick or Deal with” will not be precisely excessive artwork, and the reality is that the plot holes are quite a bit right here. Nevertheless, the truth that Hsu doesn’t take neither himself nor his movie severely and his will to mock a plethora of ideas and even himself ends in a film that’s really entertaining, and fairly straightforward to observe. 



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