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Triad Wars (2008)
"Duo shuai" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  28 February 2008 (Hong Kong)
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In the mist of a violent gang war, a series of unfortunate events threatens the fate of a powerful triad leader and his empire.

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Lin Ho Lung (as Sammo Hung)
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Lin Ho Tung
Niu Tien ...
Leung Yuet Lin / Soso (as Kelly Chu)
Danny Lee ...
Senior Inspector Liu Chi Chung
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Lok Tin Hung (as Wu Jing)
Siu-Fai Cheung ...
Law Ting Fat (as Cheung Siu Fai)
Maggie Siu ...
Inspector Janet Liu Mei Chun (as Maggie Shiu)
Suet Lam ...
Wong Shu Chor / Fat Ball (as Lam Suet)
Ken Lo ...
Lau Kwok Wai / Wu (as Kenneth Low)
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Kwok Chi Hang
Pinky Cheung ...
Tracy
Shiu Hung Hui ...
'Uncle' Tong Lai Yu (as Hui Shiu Hung)
Jay Lau ...
Josephine (as Jan Lau)
Zhan-Wen Keu ...
Billy (as Kou Zhan Wen)
Sze-Ming Lu ...
Jacky Ho Wing Kit (as Johnny Chen)
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In the midst of a violent gang war one powerful triad leader is faced with losing a grip on his power. As his empire slowly crumbles and his trust of those closest to him dwindles violence escalates as the triad starts clashing with other triads among the Hong Kong community. Face with his only option he'll resort to violent ways to regain his status and reclaim the respect of his triad. Written by Elizabeth Obermeier, Marketing Manager

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He can never walk alone...

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Action | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

Fatal Move  »

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Both Sammo Kam-Bo Hung and Niu Tien agreed that the final scene they share together is their favorite moment of the film. See more »

Goofs

During one firefight, a hand grenade is thrown under a car, blowing the car up off its wheels. No hand grenade possesses sufficient explosive force to lift a car off its wheels. See more »

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Performed by J.O.Y.
Music by Tommy Wai
OP: Dream Music Records & Publishing Limited
SP: Dream Music Records & Publishing Limited
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God Father wannabe that really doesn't measure up
31 March 2009 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Sigh.

I have to admit that Simon Yam is my favourite actor in Hong Kong cinema. I'll now also confess that Jacky Wu (or "Wu Jing" as he's known in Asia) is simply fantastic to watch; and then we have Sammo Hung who is a legend...

With this main cast and a violent, dramatic, martial arts setting then, one would naturally expect something great. Alas, this was not the case.

It's difficult to say just went wrong with Fatal Move but the disjointed storytelling is definitely the main factor. Simon Yam's character starts out as having the potential to be compelling and Jacky Wu certainly looks to be the man with whom not to ***k (as his talent deserves), but things quickly fall apart as too many characters are chucked at us too quickly, for no real reason and after an hour or so of action scenes occasionally having been slotted in to keep our interest in an otherwise dull, difficult to follow film, I soon found myself scratching my head, wondering how the mess on screen before me escaped some serious script re-writes.

Aside from men carrying out hits with ninja weapons in a ludicrous excuse for more M.A. choreography when a machine gun could have done all the work in half the time, there's also some truly awful CGI blood and gore effects which made me wonder why the art of film is de-evolving (compare Lord of the Rings to Ghandi; Lone Wolf and Cub to this), and to make matters worse, the dramatic element which had been so sorely lacking throughout, only graces us right at the very end when Sammo's wife, Soso, turns in a deft performance, too little, too late..

No Simon Yam lines to justify wasting his talent; no unarmed Jacky Wu.

Fair enough, Sammo still surprises us with a cool scene to show he's still got the moves despite his age, but nothing could save this wreck once it had been green-lit without undergoing serious surgery at a local script doctor's.

It's unfair to say that there's no story, for as jumbled as it is, it's there, but the action just seemed to be tossed in for the sake of it for the most part, was unrewarding, and the total of this flick came up incredibly short given its concept, cast, budget and just about any other pro it had.


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