This somewhat endearing fantasy film mixes elements
of The Terminator with a typical HK ghost story. Of course Sally
Yeh isn’t exactly as believable as Arnold Schwarzenegger as a merciless
killer, but she certainly is a lot more attractive. On a budget that was
probably less than Arnold’s lunch money, this film depends a lot more on
heart than on special effects to create an entertaining ditty of a film.
My only real complaint about this film is that
it takes much too long to get going and Sally Yeh doesn’t make her appearance
until the thirty-seventh minute. By then I had concluded that I had
ended up with the wrong film, but once she does show up the film becomes
Construction is going on at a new building site,
but a ghost has been awakened and is causing a number of delays. So a new
foreman – Lin Wei - is brought in to finish the job. He is able to talk
the ghost into believing that he is the ghost’s great grandson and gets
the ghost to stop causing trouble.
Eventually, there is a flash in the sky and
Sally materializes. She carries a talking doll that has all these powers
– even against ghosts! Her mission – to kill Lam Fong. As she is
waiting outside of his house, two young girls pass by singing. Sally gets
that patented wide eyed look of hers and pulls out a photograph – pictured
is one of the girls with her father – the young girl it turns out is Sally
twenty years previously. In a Terminator like flashback we see that Sally
is from the future where the world has nearly destroyed itself in WWIII.
To save it from this fate, Sally has come back in time to kill Lam Fong.
Of course things get a bit complicated when Lam
saves Sally as a little girl from death and when the ghost constantly intervenes
to save Lam from Sally’s death ray. Slowly it is revealed how Lam’s future
actions will set off a chain of events that will lead to the destruction
of the world. Can Sally kill the man she is beginning to love to save the
world? Stay tuned!
I just love time travel films – even ones as uncomplicated
as this one. They always set off questions in my mind – can the same person
exist in the same place in the same time along with their other self- and
could I go back in time and tell my much younger persona to buy as much
Microsoft stock as possible!