Asian cinema’s wackiest buddy-comedy action franchise is now at the threequel stage and after a interval of bewilderment I have begun to get pleasure from its eccentric hyperactivity. The two zany Chinese cops, Qin Feng (Haoran Liu) and Tang Ren (Baoqiang Wang), have now clocked up some misadventures in Bangkok for the to start with film and New York for the 2nd (which highlighted a peculiar cameo from Michael Pitt) now the daffy duo rock up in Tokyo, wherever they have been summoned to deal with a strange criminal offense.
A nearby gang boss has been murdered, apparently by a turf rival named Watanabe (Miura Tomokazu) more than dinner, but this guy insists he’s harmless and demands our heroes locate the proof that will acquit him. The relaxation of the film is one bonkers digression after an additional, concerning some strange legal conspiracies and the shadowy motivations of the victim’s assistant Anna Kobayashi (Masami Nagasawa).
The Thai action star Tony Jaa can make an look for some satisfying martial arts sequences, and there’s a little position for the veteran Japanese participant Tadanobu Asano – who appeared in Takashi Miike’s cult shocker Ichi the Killer – as a law enforcement detective. You simply cannot fault this film for its ambition and its willingness to pull out all the stops in terms of spectacle, specifically in the course of a colossal slapstick struggle scene at Tokyo airport and zany chaos at Tokyo’s world-renowned Shibuya crossing.
Bizarrely, after all the knockabout absurdity, the movie climaxes with a melodramatic court docket scene involving a passionate speech and a sentimental flashback to the culprit’s disappointed childhood. We get a diverting moment when the “locked room” detective-tale theories of mystery author John Dickson Carr are provided an airing. There’s a puppyish allure here.