Beyond Hypothermia is a Hong Kong action film directed by Patrick Leung and starring Jacklyn Wu and Sean Lau. It was co-produced by Johnnie To.
Beyond Hypothermia was released in 1996.
Shu Li Fan, played by Woo Chin Lin, is a wonderfully skilled hitwoman with no identity for the most of the film. She also has no relatives or acquaintances, and her body temperature is lower than typical for unknown reasons. Mei (Shirley Wong), the widow of an assassin, rescued her as a child from a war-torn Cambodia and raised her. Mei teaches the child contract murdering, which is the only thing she knows that ties her to the rest of the world. Shu Li Fan's victims elude her as much as she eludes herself. During one of her hits, though, she becomes the sworn enemy of a Korean killer (Han Sang Woo). In her bleak life, there is one small ray of hope: the start of a romance with Long Shek, a modest and sweet-natured noodle vendor (Hong Kong actor Lau Ching Wan).
Wu's acting career began in 1990. In A Moment of Romance, Johnnie To cast her opposite Andy Lau in her first acting role (1990). Wu rose to international prominence for her portrayal as the second of three sisters in award-winning director Ang Lee's 1994 feature picture Eat Drink Man Woman.
Her most well-known performance to date was in Ann Hui's Eighteen Springs (1997), for which she was nominated for a Hong Kong Film Award and won the Hong Kong Film Critics Society Best Actress Award.
Lau Ching-Wan (also known as Sean Lau) was born in Hong Kong in 1969 and, like many other Hong Kong actors, began his career at the TVB (Shaw Bros. television studio) training school. Lau's ability and work ethic delighted directors and producers (he would often spend over twelve hours a day shooting numerous shows), but he failed to connect with the Hong Kong audience, who thought he was too dark-skinned and ugly. He worked on dozens of television shows for ten years without success until he landed a role in The Greed of Man, a drama about the stock market.