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As Tears Go By (1988)
"Wong Gok ka moon" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama | Romance  -  2 May 2008 (USA)
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Mid-level gangster Wah falls in love with his beautiful cousin, but must also continue to protect his volatile partner-in-crime and friend, Fly.

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Wah
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Ngor
Jacky Cheung ...
Fly
Alex Man ...
Tony
Ronald Wong ...
Site
To-hoi Kong ...
Fat Carl
Ching Wai ...
Uncle Kwan
Kau Lam ...
Uncle Ba
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Ngor's doctor
Ang Wong ...
Mabel
Pa-Ching Huang ...
Boss of Mahjong Den
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Chi Fai Chan ...
Billiard parlor thug
Man-Ho Chan
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Wah's triad elder
Wing-Cheung Cheung ...
Bodyguard
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A low-level triad "big brother" has a hot-tempered "little brother" who can't keep out of trouble, and consequently is in constant need of being bailed out by his protector. The "big brother" is super cool, but lacks the ambition to rise in the ranks of the triad societies - and once he meets his cousin from Kowloon and falls in love with her, he even thinks about leaving "the life". Written by L.H. Wong <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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$4,279 (USA) (2 May 2008)

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$8,440 (USA) (9 May 2008)
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First film directed by Kar Wai Wong. See more »

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Wah's facial bruises shift tremendously near the final scene from the time he got on the bus to the time he met Fly. See more »

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Wah: I did a lot of things for our godfather too. By the age of 14, I was already getting paid to kill. I've got more guts than most guys, right? But look at me now. I'm just an ordinary guy!
Fly: At least you were a hotshot for a while! But what about me? What about me? Everyone looks down on me. Does that make you happy? People think I'm nothing, like some stray dog just following you around! Did you know that? I'd rather be a hero for one day than go on being a fly all my life!
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a strictly cosmetic Hong Kong crime melodrama
5 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The romantic (and likely mistranslated) title says a lot about this busy but empty underworld drama, in which the false glamour of crime and punishment is dressed up with plenty of teenage angst and no shortage of cosmetic style. The lack of any larger then life heroics (so common in Hong Kong action epics) is refreshing at first, but after a while the mean street poses and back alley beatings all begin to look alike, although the physical violence is, apparently, more punishing to watch than to receive, since nobody is disabled for longer than a scene or two. Never mind the mechanics of the actual plot, following a self-reliant young hood forced to risk his small empire to protect a reckless, troublemaking 'brother'; the general thrust of the narrative is slanted more toward the martyrdom so dear to an alienated, lovelorn teenage rebel's heart. Legible subtitles (and a better Cantonese-English dictionary) might have made an improvement.


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