Reviews
2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Da lui toi (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Director: Kirk Wong
Stars: Eddy Ko, Wai-keung Kwok, Chi-Hung Ling
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Kirk Wong
Stars: Lung Ti, Brigitte Lin, Bak-Ming Wong
Gunmen (1988)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Kirk Wong
Stars: Adam Cheng, Waise Lee, David Wu
Love to Kill (1993)
Comedy | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A woman looks to a cop for help against her abusive husband, who constantly rapes, beats, and belittles her and her son, but the husband catches wind of the cop's plan.

Directors: Siu-Hung Chung, Kirk Wong
Stars: Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Elizabeth Lee, Ka Sang Cheung
Crime Story (1993)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A special agent assigned to protect a wealthy business magnate. However, when the businessman is kidnapped in a daring ambush, he teams up with a seasoned detective to crack the case. But soon he discovers the case isn't that simple.

Directors: Kirk Wong, Jackie Chan
Stars: Jackie Chan, Kent Cheng, Kar-Ying Law
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In order to save his brother's life, Da-Fu asked for the Gods' blessing and offered to give up half of his life. His brother was safe, but Da-Fu became increasingly paranoid as he became convinced that his end is near.

Director: Kirk Wong
Stars: Kent Cheng, Fung Ding, Eddy Ko
The Big Hit (1998)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Hitman Melvin Surley, an expert at his lucrative job, goes on a job and falls in love with his kidnapping victim, turning his world upside down.

Director: Kirk Wong
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Lou Diamond Phillips, Christina Applegate
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Wai-Man Chan ...
Sai
Norman Chu ...
Fei
Kent Cheng ...
Kun
Mei Bo Kwong
Erina Miyai ...
Michiko
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ling Wei Chen
Kuen Cheung
Yeh Fang ...
Hon (Club Owner)
Biu Gam ...
(as Piao Chin)
Chia-Hsiang Hsu
Phillip Ko ...
Fingers Hung
Lai-Yee Kwan
Yeong-Mun Kwon
Keung-Kuen Lai
Nick Lam Wai Kei ...
(as Nick Lam)
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Crime

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 September 1981 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Mou teng  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Sai: [upon finding his place trashed and his buddy Ah Kun beaten up badly] Ah Kun!
Kun: I'm sorry, Brother Sai, I told them where Michiko is.
Sai: [jumping to conclusions] 'Fingers' Hung!
Kun: No, it wasn't him.
Sai: Who then?
Kun: It was 'Plater' Kuen and 'Deep Throat' Shing.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Cinema of Vengeance (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Tusk
Written by Lindsey Buckingham
Performed by Fleetwood Mac
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Brutal, dark and merciless gangster depiction by Kirk Wong
13 January 2003 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Veteran Hong Kong director Kirk Wong made his directorial debut, The Club, in 1981 when he had returned to Hong Kong from England where he was studying. He got a great cast for this first film of his, including the real life triad member/gangster Michael Chan Wai Man as the leading role as Sai, a powerful triad member who struggles the bloody war about the ownership of one local gang operated restaurant night club. The film is so filled with violence that it becomes its most important character, too, and replaces the "plot" easily and with purpose.

The carnage-o-meter is here as high as in the other harrowing Hong Kong experiences like Ringo Lam's School on Fire (1988) and Simon Nam's Her Vengeance (1986). Both these films end in hyper dark and brutal bloodbath where the characters, people, become beasts and act as brutely as an animal can, and thus these films are very pessimistic and honest about human nature, too. School on Fire is the strongest (and most censored) one and has also a merciless bits of social commentary in it. The Club belongs to the same category as these and the violence is no less painfull to watch, in fact it gets even worse at some points. The characters just don't seem to be able to act in any other way than violence. They are greedy and if they can't get what they want they'll attack and use force and kill.

The film should have had little more carefully constructed story and some elements that it could be taken as even more noteworthy statement about human being and criminal underworld in the society. Now it feels a little too straight no matter how powerful it still is. Of course it depicts the triad gangsters' lives in the most possible realistic way as Chan was involved in it, but still they should have depicted also some contrast and "cure" for the problems the film is telling about. There doesn't even seem to be police in the town, only gangsters and victims. What makes the symbolism of the barbarity of human nature in its most weakest moment even more powerful is the fact that there are no fire arms in the piece, only huge knives and the like. The most insane acts include boat engines and hair dryer and the violence in this film is among the strongest and most off putting I've seen in any film, Hong Kong or other.

The film has some great moments and occasionally it looks surprisingly similar with Martin Scorsese's impressive GoodFellas (1990) with its tightly edited montages and strong introduction of new characters, and The Club is equally easy to sit through very "fast" with the Scorsese film(s). Also the soundtrack is great and so is in Scorsese's films. One scene that stands out in the telling the daily life of the gangster is the long but delightfully edited and interesting weight lifting sequence at Chan's apartment one morning. The Club makes me expect extremely much from the other work of Kirk Wong.

Wong's filmography includes more or less masterpiece titles like Organized Crime and Triad Bureau (1994), Rock n' Roll Cop (1994) and Gunmen (1988) and some others, too, and those films that I've managed to see from him are nothing short of impressive, honest, intense and merciless. The Club is among the most memorable Hong Kong films of the eighties and due to its universal theme and extremely strong imagery and elements it will not lose its impact while years pass by. This is something only Hong Kong cinema seems to be able to deliver. 7/10


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Video or DVD release? fourletterfury
Almost 2010 still no dvd release? brucelee73
Discuss Wu ting (1981) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?