Unlike the other classic examples of excellence in this particular genre, Taxi Hunter is rated CAT IIB (equivalent to "R" rating) but even without the brutality this remains a film that does not disappoint. If you're familiar with Red to Kill, Run and Kill, or Her Vengeance, then you are aware of precisely what you are getting yourself into; a chop-socky brawl featuring karate cops and ubiquitous violence with that antique HK feel. One recurring theme in these Hong-Kong exploitation pictures that I couldn't help but notice is the inclusion of "Fatty", a character that appears in most everyone I've seen. Whether he is the main character, supporting cast member, or police officer, I can recall scratching my head and wondering whether or not the Asiatics take humorous prejudice to our tubby kinfolk or just plain lashing out at obesity and the disgusting effects of over-consumption. For the matter of repeating thematic elements of film crossing over to similar kind, Taxi Hunter is also laden with jazz-pop lullabies that draw a more-than-savory approach to highlighting and tuning into all moods this film has to offer; tragedy, madness, and the giving spirit.
When Taxi Hunter kicks off into it's second gear, the film takes a curious charge in representing the same methodical structure behind 2006's Korean hit No Mercy for the Rude, in which a hitman only "cleans" disrespectful targets. Another comparable topic is Michael Douglas's stellar role in Falling Down, the story of a man who seemingly had it all until his sanity dissipates. These two films pasted together create the core of Taxi Hunter; which will most likely be seen as Taxi Driver from an alternate dimension. There isn't much to report on Taxi Hunter as it's effortlessly a splendid "revenge" film, if you could call it that. While Ah-Kin denounces vengeance I'm not so easily fooled. His entire murderous charade was using his wife's death as a crutch for the means necessary to expel his rage. Taxi Hunter might be one of my more brief reviews but I still find much to applaud and support as this is a great film that sizzles into an extended car chase scene. Just as quickly as the credits roll, I too will make this my exit strategy from my affliction of pandering braindry.