One Last Dance

One Last Dance


Reviewed by: Darren Amner

One Last Dance follows an assassin (Francis NG) who has been hired to kill the men responsible for kidnapping an important man’s child. This soulful killer takes many lives on his journey to discovering the kidnapper’s true identity.

One Last Dance is not a bad film – but it’s by no means a great film either. One thing against it is its wildly strange tone – part drama and part comedy, the blend of the two never really works. The main protagonist T played by NG is subtle and graceful, but the rest of the ensemble - with their jokes about ‘pig orgasms and dog shit’ - completely take you out of the crime world writer/director Max Makowski is trying to involve you in.

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This tonal shift is a total shame and waste given Francis NG powerful performance as a man trying desperately to unlock pieces of a puzzle to find out the identity of the kidnapper.

Makowski displays some neat directorial and editing flourishes, which makes scene transition particularly interesting. This, however, could be interpreted as a distraction for viewers to take their minds off the poor script.

One Last Dance tries to be too clever for its own good, attempting to explore a mixture of themes that don’t blend together well.

The film's cinematography is lush and vibrant, which makes the world the characters live in very inviting and captures the Singapore locations very well. What of Keitel?, you may ask – well he must have been on holiday in the area when he agreed to appear in the movie, no more than a cameo, he delivers a performance that he could have easily done via a transatlantic phone call.

This movie is a calling card, indicating all involved are destined for better things – FAR better...

The film will only appeal to die-hard Asia Extremists.

Reviewed on: 28 Oct 2007
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An assassin hunts a child-kidnapper.
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Director: Max Makowski

Writer: Max Makowski

Starring: Francis NG, TI Lung and Harvey Keitel, Vivian Hsu, Joseph Quek

Year: 2005

Runtime: 110 minutes

BBFC: 18 - Age Restricted

Country: Singapore


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