Andy Lau is Sun, a reporter who has let his relentless pursuit of the story blind him to the humanity that the news is built on. When he is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, he decides that the best course of action is not treatment, but getting one last, glory-making story. Enter Gump Chung-Shun (Kenny Bee), a money man in Singapore who was just caught stealing from his clients, sending negative ripples across the Asian economy. Sun goes to find Chung-Shun, and ends up becoming his hostage. Out in the wilderness, the bad guy teaches the wannabe good guy about the dangers of living life with regret, and once they are home, Sun completes his lesson by taking care of Chung-Shun's prostitute girlfriend, Chu (Theresa Lee). He learns to appreciate What a Wonderful World it all is.
Leung Chun Chiu's 1996 film begins with the most typical cold-hearted journalist plot imaginable, and then somehow manages to make it infinitely ridiculous. The problem is one of tone. The first half of the movie is like a homoerotic Asian version of Romancing the Stone, reporter and criminal running through the wilderness and engaging in high-comedy hijinx--including falling down a waterfall. It's not mud, sure, but it could be. Of course, the men who once hated each other are now friends, and this corporate thief isn't such a terrible dude after all. It's not very funny, and it's strangely scatological. I actually enjoy toilet humor, but Chung-Shun having to go to the bathroom every five minutes was just tiresome. The two actually meet in a stall, and at one point, Chung-Shun even urinates on Sun.
The second half is a little better, as things get more serious. Lau is a likable actor, and he seems to honestly try to bring Sun's inner struggle to the surface. Lee's hooker with a heart of a gold, however, is pretty obnoxious. There is also another overbearing reporter who wants all the good dirt on Chung-Shun and the still lingering cops who have been transplanted from a more standard Hong Kong police drama. At one point, one of them does a flip and slide over his car hood...just to give Sun and Chu a ride.
Lau's character may learn his lesson in the end, but it's an obvious one, and his final gesture to Chu just earns a mild shrug. The end isn't as offensive to one's tastes as the beginning, but it's too little too late.