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 »
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
Yup, that's right, "John Woo meets Sam Peckinpah" is what came to mind when I saw this movie. Take the brotherhood theme of John Woo movies in the 80's and mix that with Sam Peckinpah's "Wild Bunch" and you get Lau Ching Wan and Leon Lai kicking ass in "A Hero Never Dies".
True to Woo's and Peckinpah's classics, the heroes in this movie are not heroes of the Dudley Do-right mold but flawed people who manage to get themselves together for one truly heroic deed.
I highly recommend this movie for fans of westerns and HK triad movies. Also recommend "The Mission" and "Running Out of Time" by Johnnie To.
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