Hong Kong's Benny Chan is an object lesson in the value of simple competence. His films never vary too much from that basic middle line. They are never really spectacular but they are also never really bad and so the director has carved out a very successful niche for himself in the Hong Kong industry, gradually moving up the line to bigger casts and bigger budgets. And Chan's latest effort is drawing attention all around the globe both because the freshly released trailer looks very, very good and also because this new film, Connected, is a remake of recent Hollywood flick Cellular.
Now, I've seen a few people out there saying this is the first time Hong Kong has remade a Hollywood film which is not even remotely true - Jet Li's Bodyguard From Beijing leaps immediately to mind, and there are others - but it certainly happens more the other way around. Louis Koo takes the lead - and everything I said about competence in regards to Benny Chan applies equally to Koo - with Barbie Hsu taking on the Kim Basinger role. If the trailer's any indication Chan has ramped up the action quotient considerably. Check it out in the ScreenAnarchy Player below the break.