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Just Heroes (1989)

Yee dam kwan ying (original title)
A respected and well liked gang-boss is betrayed and killed. One of his three adopted sons are to take his place. One of them is the traitor.


John Woo, Wu Ma


Chi-Keung Hau (as Tommy Hau), Chi-Keung Hau | 1 more credit »


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Credited cast:
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Danny Lee ... Sou
Kuan Tai Chen ... Leung Jang Lung
Tien Niu ... Annie
Cally Kwong Cally Kwong
Wu Ma ... Ma
James Wong ... Solicitor Wong
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Fui-On Shing ... Wah
Joe Nieh Joe Nieh
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Lei Zhao ... (Guest star)
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Kwok-Kuen Chan
Hsue Chao Hsue Chao
Kang-Yeh Cheng


A respected and well liked gang-boss is betrayed and killed. One of his three adopted sons are to take his place. One of them is the traitor.

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Release Date:

14 September 1989 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Just Heroes See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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Magnum Films See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film began production as a benefit for the Hong Kong Director's Union. See more »

Alternate Versions

German Video Release by Pacific Video is heavily cut although rated "not under 18". TV-Version is uncut. See more »


Spoofs A Better Tomorrow (1986) See more »

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Bloodshed HAPPY!!!
11 January 2017 | by ThyDavidethSee all my reviews

Just Heroes should be called "Just Gangstazzz, Yo!" because, quite frankly, I don't get where the heroism is. It's stupid. Well, besides all that, this is one of John Woo's lesser known films. This was made to support Chang Cheh's broke *** but then Chang Cheh decided to use the money for another movie which I think was called Hidden Hero. I don't know. I'm not a film expert.

This movie is great with great guns fights and blood splashy mayhem. The story is a little bit disjointed but does have some nice twists and all that garbage. And, of course, if you are familiar with Shaw Brothers movies then you will see a lot of familiar faces. Ti Lung, David Chiang, Danny Lee (YES! HE! Remember Battle Wizard? Super Inframan? Mighty Peking Man? YOU BET YOUR ***, SUCKA!) and others. Though I liked this film a lot, it is in no way on the level of John Woo's other movies like A Better Tomorrow 1 & 2, The Killer, Bullet In The Head and Hard Boiled but at least it was better than Once A Thief. That movie sucked hard.

In conclusion: It's fun and bloody. And to point out Wu Ma directed around 40% of the movie so technically it's not John Woo's movie in it's entire state. So up yours.

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