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Wang Jiao ka men (1988)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 2 May 2008 (USA)
Mid-level gangster Wah falls in love with his beautiful cousin, but must also continue to protect his volatile partner-in-crime and friend, Fly.

Director:

Kar-Wai Wong (as Kar Wai Wong)

Writers:

Jeffrey Lau, Kar-Wai Wong (as Kar Wai Wong)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Andy Lau ... Wah
Maggie Cheung ... Ngor
Jacky Cheung ... Fly
Alex Man ... Tony
Ronald Wong ... Site
To-Hoi Kong To-Hoi Kong ... Fat Carl
Ching Wai Ching Wai ... Uncle Kwan
Kau Lam ... Uncle Ba
William Chang ... Ngor's doctor
Ang Wong Ang Wong ... Mabel
Pa-Ching Huang Pa-Ching Huang ... Boss of Mahjong Den
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chi Fai Chan ... Billiard parlor thug
Man-Ho Chan Man-Ho Chan
Tseng Chang ... Wah's triad elder
Wing-Cheung Cheung Wing-Cheung Cheung ... Bodyguard
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Storyline

A low-level triad "big brother" has a hot-tempered "little brother" who can't keep out of trouble, and consequently is in constant need of being bailed out by his protector. The "big brother" is super cool, but lacks the ambition to rise in the ranks of the triad societies - and once he meets his cousin from Kowloon and falls in love with her, he even thinks about leaving "the life". Written by L.H. Wong <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

2 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carmen of the Streets See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,279, 4 May 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,440, 11 May 2008
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In-Gear Film Production See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First film directed by Kar-Wai Wong. See more »

Goofs

Wah and Ngor knock over the ice bucket yet in the following close-up the bucket stands up with water and ice in it. See more »

Quotes

Wah: I did a lot of things for our godfather too. By the age of 14, I was already getting paid to kill. I've got more guts than most guys, right? But look at me now. I'm just an ordinary guy!
Fly: At least you were a hotshot for a while! But what about me? What about me? Everyone looks down on me. Does that make you happy? People think I'm nothing, like some stray dog just following you around! Did you know that? I'd rather be a hero for one day than go on being a fly all my life!
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Alternate Versions

When released in the UK, this title was cut by 17 seconds. According to the BBFC: Two cuts were made to reduce the level of extreme violence in the video One of the cuts seems to be in the scene where Jacky Cheung is attacked by some men. One of them grabs a small metal gas bottle and throws it at Cheung's chest. You see a shot of the guy throwing it, but then you only see the bottle already by the side of Cheung's body, who's screaming in pain, after the impact. The other cut was to shots of Wah being beaten with a baseball bat. The cuts were waived for the 2005 Tartan DVD. See more »

Soundtracks

Take My Breath Away
Written by Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock
Performed by Sandy Lam
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Dated, but a well thought out story of taboo romance and complex sibling rivalry.
1 February 2013 | by tntokmenkoSee all my reviews

Kar-Wai's first film is more in line with the cinematography of other late 80's Hong Kong movies rather than his renown obscure style, seen later on in films like Chungking Express or In the Mood For Love. The characters are also normal in comparison to his later films too, as they take on archetypes seen in many Triad flicks from this era. The writing is classic Wong Kar-Wai however, and what he does with the characters is more interesting then their personalities themselves. In other words their actions speak volumes louder than their dialogue. Andy Lau plays a low-level Triad thug who in hopes of climbing the underworld's ranks becomes held down by his younger brother played by Jacky Cheung. The pair work well together and you begin to like the dynamic bond between them. Trouble ensues between the pair and their gang, and many hard decisions await Andy Lau as he tries to straighten out both his reckless brother and forbidden romance on the side. The ending has a real impact and Wong Kar-Wai's direction is responsible for such a memorable story. Although it feels Kar-Wai wasn't fully at the reigns of this one with some mediocre moments, overall his efforts can be felt wholeheartedly and the passion shines through to deliver a good experience. -7/10


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