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Just Heroes (1989)
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A respected and well liked gang-boss is betrayed and killed. One of his three adopted sons are to take his place. One of them is the traitor.

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Credited cast:
Kuan Tai Chen ...
Leung Jang Lung
Kang-Yeh Cheng
Lei Cheng
John Cheung
David Chiang ...
Cheung Pak Wai
Tao Chiang
Tina Chin-Fei
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'Jacky' Yuen Kei-hao
Paul Chun ...
Tsou
Hark-On Fung ...
Informant
Tsan Hsi Hsia
Phillip Ko ...
Thug
Feng Ku ...
Tsou's Man
Cally Kwong
Yuk Kee Lau ...
(as Yuk-Gei Lau)
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A respected and well liked gang-boss is betrayed and killed. One of his three adopted sons are to take his place. One of them is the traitor.

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Minor Woo Classic
21 February 2001 | by (New York City, NY) – See all my reviews

Yi Dan Qun Ying/Just Heroes(1987) is a very good action flick with tones of King Lear. Just Heroes(1987) was done between A Better Tomorrow 2(1987) and The Killer(1989). The film is really a parody of A Better Tomorrow 1&2. There is a character in the film who likes to recite lines by Mark of A Better Tomorrow(1986). John Woo even pokes fun at the famous guns in the flower pot scene by using it again.

This was one of two films that Danny Lee did not appear as a Police Officer(the other being City on Fire). The film opens and ends with some excellent gun play. Its about members of a Mob gang who scamble for control after the head is assassinated. Danny Lee is very good in the role of the confused Sou. John Chiang is good as the idealistic Wai.

Although not as brilliant as the best of John Woo, its still superior to three out of four films that he has done in the USA. Just Heroes is notable for the early appearence of Comedian Stephen Chow in a dramatic role. Deals with the themes of honor and loyalty. The movie shows that there are differences between the fantasied and reality of life as a Triad. Ti Lung has a short cameo that ties Just Heroes(1987) to the two A Better Tomorrow films.

Just Heroes(1987) has a lot in common with the similarly themed epic Tragic Hero(1987). Woman have a much bigger role here that is unusual in a John Woo film. More than one person directed this feature film. One of my favorite scenes is the flashback sequence with the gun battle. Another favorite scene is the shoot out at the deserted mine.


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