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  • This story is the tale of two brothers: one a successful counterfeiter and the younger a fledgling graduate of the HK police academy. The plot revolves around the split when the younger brother learns the other is a criminal and the efforts of the criminal brother to reform. Along the way are plenty of heists, double-crosses, and shoot outs.

    - Written by Victor R. Volkman <sysop@hal9k.com>
  • In Hong Kong, the gangsters Sung Tse-Ho and Mark are best friends. Ho's younger brother Sung Tse-Kit wants to be a police officer and does not know that his brother is a criminal. When Ho travels with another criminal to Taiwan for a negotiation, he is betrayed and arrested by the police. Meanwhile Mark kills the gang that betrayed his friend. After three years, Ho is finally released from the prison and returns to Hong Kong. He finds that Kit hates him and is investigating the Mafia and Mark is limped and in complete misery. But Ho promises that he would not return to life of outlaw and prefers to work as taxi driver. However he is haunted by his past and the need of protecting his estranged brother.

    - Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Sung Tse-Ho is a gangster trying to go straight but caught between loyalty to his down-&-out partner and rookie cop brother, and the ominous pressure of his former triad bosses.

    - Written by Eric Hendrickon <edh@med.umn.edu>
  • This John Woo film tells the tale of Mark and Ho, friends and couriers for a Hong Kong crime syndicate with a large counterfeiting operation. Ho is double-crossed during a set-up and turns himself in to the police and Mark is shot during the firefight of a retribution hit. The plot is complicated by the fact that Ho's younger brother, Kit, is a rookie cop whose reputation is tarnished by his gangster brother. When Ho gets out of prison, he wants to start a new life, free of crime. Unfortunately, he is haunted by his past, with the crime bosses leaning on him and Mark encouraging him to return to a life of crime as his partner. In typical Woo fashion, the various factions clash and our protagonists engage both the police and the gangsters in a bloody bullet-fest.

    - Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
  • A ex-con just released from prison is forced to choose between his loyal gang-based best friend and join crime once again, or, turn himself and his former mob in and make remorse with his angry, betrayed policeman brother.

    - Written by L. Lim <penny1@es.co.nz>
  • A reforming ex-gangster tries to reconcile with his estranged policeman brother, but the ties to his former gang are difficult to break.

    - Written by LVJeff

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