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
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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 »
Dated, but a well thought out story of taboo romance and complex sibling rivalry.
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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