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A Good Mix of Comedy, Action, Stylism, and Genre
5 March 2001
Jiang Hu: The Triad Zone follows the obligatory Hong Kong action genre
formula - to a point. Yes, there's the warring triad gangs, vignettes on
loyalty and betrayal, violence, and stylistic flourish. But this film
goes above and beyond on the comedy front. It manages to be one of the
humorous Hong Kong action flicks I've seen, without descending into farce.
Perhaps that's because it does contain more serious moments as
Gang leader Jim Yam has ascended nearly to the pinnacle of power in the
underworld, but it brings him few satisfactions. As he watches his peers
drop dead around him - many of them amazingly from natural causes - he
himself more and more soldiering on because that's just what bosses do.
Reflecting back on his younger days in London, it is sad to contrast his
current lavish - but empty - life as a crime lord in Hong Kong with the
he experienced as a petty thief in England. These flashbacks and voice
overs give us insights not only into Yam himself, but also his closest
associates, whom we discover he in truth barely knows.
A good blend of the serious and the comic, Jiang Hu: The Triad Zone is not
the peak of its genre, but certainly well worth seeing.
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