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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 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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Crime | Drama | Romance

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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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Mono

Color:

Color

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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 just wanted to say...I found that glass.
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Take My Breath Away
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Performed by Sandy Lam
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An impressive debut
3 July 2001 | by PuppetmisterSee all my reviews

Wong Kar-Wai's feature debut is essential viewing for anyone who's been beguiled by his more recent work, but it is really just a slightly more existential take on the standard HK gangster pic. It has more commercial considerations, less emotional complexity (or navel-gazing, if you side with Jackie Chan, who called him "the most boring film-maker on the planet")* than 'Fallen Angels' or 'In the mood for love', but there's much to admire in his idiosyncratic digressions from generic conventions. Maggie Cheung, surely one of HK's finest actresses, but so rarely allowed to prove it, is slightly wasted here. Her performance is pleasingly internal and understated, far-removed from the pseudo-comic mugging she made to enact in the Police Story movies which made her famous, but her character is really just the pining girlfriend, an iconic figure of a better future. I can fully accept Cheung as the embodiment of all that is feminine and comforting in the world, but her role is a slight disappointment given the screen-melting roles Wong handed to Brigitte Lin, Faye Wong, Karen Mok and Cheung herself in later films. And, by the way, this is very violent.

* Jackie Chan also said that Amy Yip was the ugliest woman in the world and that ladies shouldn't fight in movies.


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