Director: Wilson Yip Wai-Shun
Producer: Joe Ma Wai-Ho
Cast: Francis Ng Chun-Yu, Louis Koo Tin-Lok, Law Lan, Stephanie Lam Mei-Jing, Michelle Saram, Lai Yiu-Cheung, Joe Lee Yiu-Ming, Matthew Chow Hoi-Kwong, Tony Ho Wah-Chiu, David Lee Seung-Man, Kenny Wong Tak-Bun, Lo Meng, Candy Hau Woon-Ling
The Brilliant Idea Group tries their hand at that most unique of HK film genres: cop soap opera. Francis Ng is Mike, a strangely temperamental cop that nonetheless does his job and earns the respect of his peers and superiors. Louis Koo is Mike’s partner Yan, a sloppy skirt-chaser who’s despised by the higher-ups despite the constant defense of Mike. The two are chasing some vicious thieves who’ve already killed numerous policemen and innocent bystanders.
To accomplish their assignment, they stake out the home of a rumored arms dealer by commandeering the home of a nearby apartment. The owner of said apartment is ubiquitous granny Law Lan, who lets the two in and proceeds to mistake them for her grandchildren. Meanwhile, flighty schoolgirl Yen (Michelle Saram) ingratiates herself into Yan’s life. And, while chasing the suspected arms dealer, Mike strikes up a slow-burn romance with single expectant mother Jennifer (Stephanie Lam).
What all this means is anybody’s guess. Like all cop soap opera, the subplots and characters come out of the woodwork for no discernible reason. Audiences probably watch these movies and despair over the attention to character and the lack of head-busting action. However, I wouldn’t have it any other way. The disjointed and unexpected nature of the these movies is what makes them so good. Bullets Over Summer proves no different, though it resorts to contrivance to tie up the plot. Also, there’s an overused dramatic device that shapes the film’s final act.