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One Nite in Mongkok (2004)

Wong gok hak yau (original title)
Hong Kong nihilism. December 22, a street quarrel leads to the death of a gang leader's son. Next day, he seeks revenge on his brother, a rival boss. He calls on Liu, a fixer, to import a ... See full summary »

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Lai-fu
Cecilia Cheung ...
Dandan (as Cecelia Cheung)
Alex Fong ...
Milo
Kar Lok Chin ...
Brandon (as Chin Ka Lok)
Anson Leung ...
Ben
Suet Lam ...
Liu (as Lam Suet)
Ken Wong ...
Wilson
Na Tsui ...
Liu's Wife (as Tsui Mei Na)
Biu Law Che ...
Shitty Kong (as Paul Car)
Alexander Chan ...
Walter (as Chan Mong Wah)
Tommy Yuen ...
Franky's Thug
Eddie Pang ...
Tiger
Christie Fung ...
Sue
Henry Fong ...
Carl
Limin Sun ...
Tim (as Suen Limin)
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Hong Kong nihilism. December 22, a street quarrel leads to the death of a gang leader's son. Next day, he seeks revenge on his brother, a rival boss. He calls on Liu, a fixer, to import a hit man from the mainland. Lai Fu, a tough and youthful hick, arrives with a day pass. The cops, led by the morose Milo, hear about the killer; they open a full-scale Christmas Eve operation to find the warring brothers and Lai Fu. Lai Fu rescues a hooker, Dan Dan, from a sadist and asks her to help him find his way around Mongkok. By nightfall, Liu has double crossed Lai Fu, the brothers are hiding, the cops are everywhere, and Lai Fu and Dan Dan are on the run. Peace on earth, good will to all? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Fate can bring us together; so can sin!

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Multi-layered crime drama - terrific stuff!
25 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

ONE NITE IN MONGKOK (Wong Jiao Hei Ye)

Aspect ratio: 2.39:1 (Panavision)

Sound format: Dolby Digital

(Color & black and white)

A frazzled police squad searches the Mongkok district of Kowloon for a hired killer (Daniel Wu) whose latest assignment - the targeting of a drug lord responsible for another criminal's death - could ignite a horrendous Triad turf war.

Terrific crime drama, filmed in near-documentary style by director Derek Yee (PEOPLE'S HERO, LOST IN TIME), and featuring Alex Fong (FULL THROTTLE) and Wu (ENTER THE PHOENIX) as characters on opposite sides of the law, each drawn in shades of grey by Yee's gritty script. In something of an ironic twist, Yee paints a remarkably humane picture of villains and good guys alike, using Wu's sympathetic character (and his fraught relationship with Cecilia Cheung's unlikely 'tart with a heart') to portray a world in which people are driven to dark acts by circumstances beyond their control, an approach which serves to highlight the thin veneer of 'respectability' separating the police from those they pursue on a daily basis. This being a HK film, however, tragedy is never far away: Fong pursues his quarry with relentless dedication and Wu flees for his life, but Fate throws them together for one of the most devastating finales in recent memory.

Combining action, drama and character development in equal measure, the narrative moves at a rapid clip (except for a brief lag in the middle) and explodes into frenzied activity at regular intervals. Production values are immaculate, and there's a stunning transition from black and white to color during the first ten minutes. Yee draws strong performances from a superb supporting cast, including Chin Kar-lok (the film's action director) as Fong's right-hand man, and Anson Leung (AB-NORMAL BEAUTY) as a trigger-happy rookie whose inexperience leads to a terrible disaster.

(Cantonese and Mandarin dialogue)


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