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A Hero Never Dies (1998)

Chan sam ying hung (original title)
Jack and Martin are members of rival Chinese triads in the middle of a gang war. Both of their gang leaders like to get advice from a fortune teller living in Thailand. On one such trip, ... See full summary »

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Jack
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Martin (as Lau Ching Wan)
Fiona Leung ...
Fiona
YoYo Mung ...
Yoyo
Henry Fong ...
Mr. Fong (as Fong Ping)
Shi-Kwan Yen ...
Mr. Yam (as Yam Sai Koon)
Keiji Sato ...
(as Sato Keiji)
Michael Lam
Bun Yuen ...
Bo (as Yuen Bun)
Ping Cheung
Suet Lam ...
(as Lam Suet)
Chi-Shing Chiu
Ching Ting Law ...
(as Lu Ching Ting)
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Philip Keung
Wing-cheong Law
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Jack and Martin are members of rival Chinese triads in the middle of a gang war. Both of their gang leaders like to get advice from a fortune teller living in Thailand. On one such trip, Martin's gang ambushes Jack's at a Thai hotel. There is a spectacular shootout, in which both Martin and Jack are severely wounded. The leader of Jack's gang was at the hotel, unlike Martin's, and escapes. Afterwards, both gang leaders, Mr. Fong of Martin's and Mr. Yam of Jack's, go to a general and make peace. Meanwhile, both Jack and Martin are hospitalized. Martin's legs are amputated, and his girlfriend whores herself in order to get them back into Hong Kong... Written by Anonymous

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One of To's least fluid and compact melodramas.
28 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Leon Lai and Ching Wan Lau work well within their respective characters, however their actions don't seem to consistently make sense in the progression of the plot. Opposite hired guns for the mob, they fluctuate in being friends and foe after a rendezvous gone awry. At some points their resulting behavior contradicts what your led to believe, which feels unintentional and confusing. The story is painfully simple, and the visuals eventually become pretentious and overused with too many angles, filters, and slow-mo moments. Not a bad movie, but Johnnie To has directed much better gritty-melodramas and unfortunately this one fails to achieve it's blend with America's Western genre. My biggest complaint is that Ching Wan Lau's character becomes plagued with a handicap, then while much screen time is devoted to portraying his hardship and fight for retribution, his character remains weak and pushed aside in the third act of the film. Lau was built up to such a high degree only to inexplicably crumble, which doesn't feel right being the movie's centerpiece. Overall, a convoluted not-so-satisfying revenge tale. Personally I was disappointed but other Johnnie To fans may enjoy. -6/10


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