Synopsis by Jonathan Crow
Kent Cheng Chuk-see directs this Chinese lunar extravaganza, which, true to this subgenre, features a huge budget, an eye-popping all-star cast, and not much of a story to speak of. The film is set in Japanese POW camp 732, which houses scores of Chinese rebels. Rakish special agent Wah (Andy Lau Tak-wah) manages to sneak out of the encampment only to be ordered back in. His mission: to find the only person who knows the number to a secret Swiss bank account which could funnel 500 billion dollars into China's war effort. Unfortunately, once he smuggles himself back in, he learns that the guy is dead. Yet all is not lost; Wah realizes that the man taught the Japanese commander's parrot the code. Meanwhile, the prisoners are told that they will all be killed after performing a comedy night for some Japanese bigwigs. Alan Tam Wing-lun, Anita Mui Yim-fong, Eric Tsang Chi-wai, Sammo Hung Kam-po, Austin Wai Tin-chi, and Gordon Lau Kar-fai among others also appear. This film was shot in the real-life camp 731 where thousand of Chinese died and the Japanese military performed horrific medical tests on subjects.
Chinese [nationality], code [encryption], POW (Prisoner of War), rebel, Swiss-bank-account