GUNS OF DRAGON, with Ray Lui Leung-wai, Ewong Yung Hung, Mark Cheng, Lung Kong, Tse Ling, John Sham and Fong Chung-shuen. Directed by Leung Siu-hung. Showing at UA Whampoa and Sha Tin, Pearl, Chinachem, Imperial and London circuit. Category II. THE EXECUTIONERS, with Anita Mui Yim-fong, Michelle Yeoh, Maggie Cheung Man-yuk, Lau Chung-yan and Wong Chui-san. Directed by To Kei-fung. Showing now at Silvercord, Isis, UA Queensway, Dynasty and Newport circuit. Category II. SET in New York and Puerto Rico, Guns of Dragon is a cops-and-triads thriller which takes a welcome nod in the direction of the Western market. True to Hong Kong form, though, it is way over the top. When much-decorated police inspector Lam Kwok-ching (Ray Lui) agrees to leave his dangerous job and move to Canada with his wife (Ewong Yung), he stops in New York to visit their in-laws (Tse Ling and John Sham, a real life couple) and runs into his old adversaries (Mark Cheng, Lung Kong and Fong Chung-shuen) who have escaped to the Big Apple. Out-numbered and without a gun or the back-up he had in Hong Kong, he is hunted by the gang. The New York police and FBI have been trying to nail these gangsters, and enlist the hunted man to help them turn the tables, as he knows the bad guys' history and patterns. Lam is reluctant, but has his arm twisted when his wife is kidnapped. He joins the US police in tracing the gang to Puerto Rico, where a big counterfeit money deal is in process. John Woo may have left these shores, but the spirit of exquisitely-choreographed violence lives on. Guns director Leung Siu-hung tries to achieve similarly over-the-top effects by staging an utterly implausible triad raid that virtually wipes out the entire Queen's police precinct. Strangely, the triads are armed to the teeth with hi-tech weaponry and walkie-talkies, whereas the cops have none. Then there is an attack on our hero's home which soon looks like a little Beirut. This sort of thing swiftly numbs the mind, and Leung is not going to go down as another Sam Peckinpah. On the plus side, the scene in which the unarmed family is stalked through the house achieves plenty of tension thanks to great work by an excellent cast. After almost a decade of ups and downs on film, Cheng follows his infamous rapist role in Raped By An Angel by playing a menacing killer with great conviction, a performance that may win him a nomination in next year's Hong Kong Film Awards. Gaps in continuity aside, Guns is an above-average thriller that goes beyond the scope of most local films in the same genre, save for some of Jackie Chan's exotic adventures. Local audiences will enjoy the return to the big screen of actor-director Lung, who plays the dragon head. But alas, it is unlikely audiences will enjoy or understand The Executioners. The film is the follow-up to the excellent The Heroic Trio, and features the same cast of top female stars, but somehow it not only falls into the ''inferior sequel'' category, but is so incoherent and unexciting as a futuristic thriller that it looks asif its makers were forced to finish it at gunpoint. What is more, it represents a gross over-use of stunt men and women, who not only do stunts but play opposite each other (one suspects the lead actors were too busy to turn up for anything but the biggest scenes). It might work if it were well put-together, but director To Kei-fung has failed to achieve that. The Executioners follows a trio of urban women musketeers out to save the president of a post-nuclear holocaust world from a devilish dark knight who is holding the world to ransom by shutting off the supply of clean water. Follow that? You won't follow the film.