Set in Richmond and Vancouver, British Columbia, DRAGON BOYS, is both compelling family drama and a high-octane thriller. The two-part, four-hour mini-series centres on a Chinese Canadian police detective and an immigrant family who confront a deadly threat from Asian organized crime. Written by
After reading about it in newspapers and online magazines, you would think we were awaiting the arrival of the next "Sopranos" or "The Wire". I know its a Canadian production and we can't expect the same quality as American shows but come on.
The production was brutal. The acting wasn't great at all (i'll give exception to Tzi Ma and Bryon Mann for their mediocre efforts) but I'll let the acting slide because the script was terrible. From a person who has experienced and seen some of these activities, this plot just had too many holes in it. It was filled with clichés, stereotypes and unbelievable and over the top scenarios.
Can you really take a drama seriously when one of the traid's members name is "Movie Star"? One of the golden rules for making a movie: Establish the characters! For such a long movie, they had so many opportunities to establish the characters and make this film watchable and believable. Honestly, at certain parts of the movie, i laughed unintentionally.
The direction was BAD and could have been vastly improved. Lack of research was evident throughout the movie. I really liked the premise. I really did. They had a good idea but just couldn't fall through with it. It definitely lacked some realism and grittiness this miniseries needed. By the way, was it necessary to have it in a 2 part mini series. Honestly, with better editing they could have cut the majority of the film and piece it in a 4 hour movie which would have been better.
Overall, I couldn't believe I sat through this thing.
Thanks CBC for wasting my time. If you want a movie like this to be a success, why not spend more money on production (ie. the soundtrack). You might not have the money but in order to get some recognition, you really gotta fork some dough up to make this film respectable.
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