A Day Without Policemen (1993)

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A Day Without Policemen (1993)

Postby pollypolly » Sat Dec 25, 2010 12:23 pm

Simon Yam is a cop who suffered a mental breakdown after watching his colleagues get massacred by a gang armed with AK-47’s. He is transferred to a quiet island inhabited mainly by tourists, yet he is still plagued by violent visions and flashbacks of the event and also of his recent divorce with his nymphomaniac wife.

He is awoken from his slumber after one day, a gang of thugs armed with Bowie knives and AK-47’s (what a coincidence!), invades the island and ambushes the precinct he is working at. The gang have arrived to kill one of the prisoners locked in the police cell...pretty soon it’s just Simon Yam and his estranged wife left to tackle the killers who are intent on killing anyone and anything that moves!

Don’t be fooled, ‘A Day Without Policemen’ isn’t the grim, relentlessly brutal shocker that most reviews on the net would have you believe. It definitely has its share of nasty, uncompromising violence but the muddled, flimsy plot and under-developed characters don’t allow the audience to feel any sympathy or emotion towards what’s happening on-screen for the most part.

The first section of the film is excruciatingly dull and consists of 20 minutes of flashbacks of Yam reminiscing about his wife and generally feeling sorry for himself which could easily have been condensed into two minutes. The subtitles are also a problem. I’m beginning to think that they may have been done by a monkey with a scrabble set. I’ve seen my fair share of bad English subs but in some places these are just completely random.

Thankfully ‘A Day Without Policemen’ manages to pull itself together in the final third where there is slightly more coherence in the story. The violence is mainly inflicted with the aforementioned AK-47’s and there’s also some nasty violence towards women with knives, so those who don’t like watching that sort of stuff should steer clear. There’s a fair amount of blood and a good level of tension when the nameless and almost faceless killers are on screen. Apparently the versions circulating are cut, so I’d be interested in another viewing of an uncut version if it ever surfaces.

Overall, it’s certainly worth a watch for those who like Cat III action but do keep your remote control close to hand as you’ll need it for the first half.

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Postby kaleyboy » Sat Dec 25, 2010 1:29 pm

Nice review, Polly. Merry christmas mate.

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Postby pollypolly » Sat Dec 25, 2010 9:20 pm

Cheers, same to you too mate!

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Postby Chi Liu San » Mon Dec 27, 2010 1:18 pm

Your review makes it worth seeing IMHO. Thanks for sharing your effort in writing this fabulous review.

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Postby pollypolly » Mon Dec 27, 2010 6:28 pm

Thanks Chi. :)
I may have sounded a little harsh on the film in the review - but it is certainly worth a look.

It's a shame this section is so quiet. There doesn't seem to be many gunshed fans left on this forum.

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Postby Pete Jr » Tue Dec 28, 2010 6:45 am

[Quote=Pollypolly]It's a shame this section is so quiet. There doesn't seem to be many gunshed fans left on this forum. [/Quote]

Well you are doing a good job so far Polly to revive this section mate.....these are your usual TOP NOTCH reviews|:o


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Postby gfanikf1 » Wed Dec 29, 2010 3:45 am

[Quote=pollypolly] Thanks Chi. :)
I may have sounded a little harsh on the film in the review - but it is certainly worth a look.

It's a shame this section is so quiet. There doesn't seem to be many gunshed fans left on this forum.[/Quote]

I got this in Chinatown when I did a VCD crush after passing the New York State Bar. One weird, brutal, and sleazy movie. My version I'm pretty sure is heavily cut. Still worth a look see. Besides when you pay 2.50 USD for it, it's hard to complain!

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Re:A Day Without Policemen (1993)

Postby rarebastard » Thu Jan 13, 2011 5:42 pm

nice one polly this film is a nice little taste of nasty! way to step up and hold down the section mate. its in good hands now;)
[Quote=pollypolly] Simon Yam is a cop who suffered a mental breakdown after watching his colleagues get massacred by a gang armed with AK-47’s. He is transferred to a quiet island inhabited mainly by tourists, yet he is still plagued by violent visions and flashbacks of the event and also of his recent divorce with his nymphomaniac wife.

He is awoken from his slumber after one day, a gang of thugs armed with Bowie knives and AK-47’s (what a coincidence!), invades the island and ambushes the precinct he is working at. The gang have arrived to kill one of the prisoners locked in the police cell...pretty soon it’s just Simon Yam and his estranged wife left to tackle the killers who are intent on killing anyone and anything that moves!

Don’t be fooled, ‘A Day Without Policemen’ isn’t the grim, relentlessly brutal shocker that most reviews on the net would have you believe. It definitely has its share of nasty, uncompromising violence but the muddled, flimsy plot and under-developed characters don’t allow the audience to feel any sympathy or emotion towards what’s happening on-screen for the most part.

The first section of the film is excruciatingly dull and consists of 20 minutes of flashbacks of Yam reminiscing about his wife and generally feeling sorry for himself which could easily have been condensed into two minutes. The subtitles are also a problem. I’m beginning to think that they may have been done by a monkey with a scrabble set. I’ve seen my fair share of bad English subs but in some places these are just completely random.

Thankfully ‘A Day Without Policemen’ manages to pull itself together in the final third where there is slightly more coherence in the story. The violence is mainly inflicted with the aforementioned AK-47’s and there’s also some nasty violence towards women with knives, so those who don’t like watching that sort of stuff should steer clear. There’s a fair amount of blood and a good level of tension when the nameless and almost faceless killers are on screen. Apparently the versions circulating are cut, so I’d be interested in another viewing of an uncut version if it ever surfaces.

Overall, it’s certainly worth a watch for those who like Cat III action but do keep your remote control close to hand as you’ll need it for the first half.

[img]http://img841.imageshack.us/img841/66/vlcsnap2010122613h10m35.png[/img]
[img]http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/4039/vlcsnap2010122613h11m38.png[/img]
[img]http://img190.imageshack.us/img190/9122/vlcsnap2010122613h14m41.png[/img]
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Re:Re:A Day Without Policemen (1993)

Postby pollypolly » Thu Jan 13, 2011 6:55 pm

[Quote=rarebastard] nice one polly ... way to step up and hold down the section mate. its in good hands now
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Thanks man, although you were pretty much the don of this section, would be nice to see some rare gunshed recommendations from you. I know you've been clearing up those LD's of late!

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Re:Re:Re:A Day Without Policemen (1993)

Postby rarebastard » Thu Jan 13, 2011 8:03 pm

[Quote=pollypolly] [Quote=rarebastard] nice one polly ... way to step up and hold down the section mate. its in good hands now
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Thanks man, although you were pretty much the don of this section, would be nice to see some rare gunshed recommendations from you. I know you've been clearing up those LD's of late![/Quote]
just because you asked i will no problem. i will bung off a few for you mate :)


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