Crime thriller. After watching some of the famous Chinese director John Woo's famous films, he decided to take a look at his crime thriller trilogy, where he first shot the then young and green Chow Yunfat in the title role. So to speak, the emergence and worldwide recognition of such a genre of cinema as "Hong Kong action". I watched the first part of the trilogy - and did not regret the time spent. And here's my brief opinion - The higher you go, the more painful it is to fall. I will single out all the disadvantages in a separate paragraph and tell you, but for now, let me focus your attention on the advantages of this criminal action movie.
So, here they are:
1. The story told - the picture tells the story of the confrontation between two brothers, one of whom is the "big shot" in the triad, and the other is a Hong Kong police inspector. But after the arrest and imprisonment, the first brother decides to quit with crime, especially since his friend in the triad was also unlucky, and he drags a miserable existence. What will win? Brotherhood in Blood or Brotherhood in Spirit? Should the brothers be reconciled against the backdrop of swirling events? Maybe this is my feeling, but in an hour and a half that this picture is going on, they told me an excellent story, but it seemed to me that two whole hours had passed? What was it? Movie Magic? Glamor? Or something else? The script was written by John Woo himself, and he copied the images of criminals from his difficult childhood in Taiwan. The heroes of the picture are clearly spelled out, the images are familiar, the motives are clear.
2. Humor - that was unexpected. In a serious and bloody (without distortions) criminal action movie there was a place for humor. And even without vulgarity. At first, it stunned me a little and made me a little nervous, but then I accepted it without a shadow of a doubt. The good news is that humor is present only in the first third of the picture. If there were more of it, then the tone of the picture would inevitably collapse, and as a result - a real confusion.
4. Shootouts - here - a real balm for fans of the "action" genre. Many enemies, several heroes, "Macedonian shooting", an explosive environment, liters of blood, with heroes that get injured and not with "terminators", which looks pretty realistic even now. You can enjoy the shootings here, and I got it. Of course, after "Hard Boiled" the local ones don't seem so stunning, but they are well set and well played.
5. Dramaticism - forgive me, but again I will compare in the film "The Hired Killer", where I liked the dramatic moments more than the local ones. Here we have a conflict of brothers, which is more familiar. Forgiveness, native blood, brotherhood in spirit and so on. There are several powerful and emotional scenes that work well. In general, look first at this picture, well, after that - "Hired Assassin", so as not to spoil your impression, as it happened to me.
On the cons. Yes, there are silly moments in both history and gunfights that are striking. Yes, special effects no longer cause a storm of emotions, as in the year the picture was released. Yes, there is pretense and a certain naivety. But I can close my eyes to this, having made a discount on the age of this creation by John Woo, and I will!
A little about the main characters:
1. Ho performed by Ti Luna is an influential figure of one Hong Kong triad, who, after being arrested and imprisoned, decided to retire and live honestly, but the mafia will not let go so easily. Faithful, honest, slightly naive, extremely stubborn. Tee embodied the classic image of a criminal who had changed his mind, who was forced to change. Well done!
2. Keith played by Leslie Chu - Ho's younger brother, a Hong Kong police inspector, whose relationship with his older brother hinders a successful career. Behaves like an offended child, sometimes showing unreal stupidity. The viewer understands his motive and anger, but his behavior is completely different. Sometimes I want to break through him a strong bream for all his rash actions. Leslie played this role perfectly. Bravo!
3. Mark performed by Chou Yunfat is a friend of Huo and an influential member of the triad, with his own inimitable style: a black cloak, sunglasses, a cigarette and a match in his teeth. An excellent shooter, whom life shook no less than his brother in spirit. Chow's character is too bright and charismatic to be forgotten. Great performance! Bravo!
I will definitely watch the second and third parts. I'm just wondering what the writers came up with.
As a result, we have a good and quite bloody crime thriller by John Woo with a good and dramatic story, good music, juicy shootings and good acting.
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