A tale between two brothers: One has left the triads and gone legit, the other has decided to stay and keep the triad from going to the ways of drugs and gun running.





Credited cast:
Chow Yun-Fat ... Chang Ho-Tien (as Chow Yun Fat)
Alan Tang ... Alan Chen Wai-Lun
Pat Ha ... Ka-Hsi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lap Ban Chan
Philip Chan ... Chen
Chok-Chow Cheung
Hei-ling Cheung Hei-ling Cheung
Emily Chu
Norman Chu ... Hsu
Wong Chun
Yeh Fang
Biu Gam
Tat-Wah Gan
Wai-Lung Ho Wai-Lung Ho
Hsin-Nan Hung ... (as Hung San Nam)


A tale between two brothers. One has left the triads and gone legit. The other has decided to stay and keep the triad from going to the ways of drugs and gun running. But, when one brother's in trouble, will the other drop whatever he's doing and protect his sibling even if it means losing his life? Written by Joseph P. Ulibas <mculibas@cwnet.com>

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Action | Crime | Romance


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15 August 2018 | by ultimatenexusSee all my reviews

Two street rats named Alan and Ah Tien (Alan Tang and Chow Yun-Fat respectively) grow up to become members of the Triads until Tien finds a girl he fell for during his childhood, and decides to settle down with her. But things aren't that simple, and the conflicting interests of a powerful gangster are about to bring them back together.

Flaming Brothers is... well, it's pretty bad. Enjoyable, and hilarious, but for all the wrong reasons. The stock sound effects for the action scenes are distracting, and the acting by most of the cast is more scattershot than a blast from a Mossberg in the hands of a child. Characters die hilariously--I'll never forget the guy who kept himself alive just long enough to shoot the fuel tank on a forklift before lying down and "dying" instantly. The film is filled with moments like this, and all the better for it. Otherwise, it would be a boring mess.

It's toned unevenly, as Ah Tien bonds with his love interest while his brother Alan tries to work an arms deal. One is silly romantic slapstick and the other is amateurishly made action drama. It just doesn't mesh well.

Despite its massive flaws, though, I enjoyed Flaming Brothers, only because it's so bad, it's good.

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30 July 1987 (Hong Kong) See more »

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