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The Border of Tong (1990)

| Crime, Drama | 1990 (USA)
The dark alleys and winding streets of Chinatown are forbidden places for newcomers. For years the residents sought refuge in local gambling parlors run by TONGS rival gangs fighting ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Heavener ... Det. Randy Walker
Daniel Hung Tang Daniel Hung Tang ... Joseph Wong (as Daniel Tang)
Hwee Ling Lee Hwee Ling Lee ... Vinny
Pei Jei Jiang Pei Jei Jiang ... Old Man Kuan
Mon Ngon Lee Mon Ngon Lee ... Club Manager
David Huey David Huey ... Dan
Thanh Phuc Lam Thanh Phuc Lam ... Key
Celeste Tan Celeste Tan ... Newsreporter
Lomei Chan Lomei Chan ... Mrs. Wong
Greg Joung Paik ... Shadow (as Greg J. Paik)
David Hill David Hill ... Mr. Lee
Alan Decker Alan Decker ... Immigration Officer
Joseph O'Melia Joseph O'Melia ... Capt. Boxberger
Y.W. Chang Y.W. Chang ... Restaurant Waiter
Moses Ferrell Moses Ferrell ... Robber #1


The dark alleys and winding streets of Chinatown are forbidden places for newcomers. For years the residents sought refuge in local gambling parlors run by TONGS rival gangs fighting amongst themselves. Tong lived on the edge of two worlds where their own social and legal code establishes their border. Anyone who crosses may never return. Written by Anonymous

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There's only one thing deadlier than the Chinese Mafia... An Angry Cop!


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1990 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Loosely based on the Wah Mee Massacre, where Willie Mak, Benjamin Ng, and Tony Ng (no relation to Benjamin) hogtied, robbed, and killed 13 people in a Seattle Chinatown gambling club. One elderly patron survived and identified Mak and Benjamin Ng who were arrested immediately, while Tony Ng fled to Calgary, where he was arrested a year and a half later. See more »

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"Massacre" is a confusing and amateurish production
14 May 2010 | by tarbosh22000See all my reviews

"There's only one thing deadlier than the Chinese Mafia... An Angry Cop!" "Massacre" is a confusing and amateurish production, but on the bright side it features a young David Heavener in his first ever role! After an unhelpful Star Wars-like crawl at the opening of the film, the paper-thin plot starts off with a "Massacre" where 12 people get shot in Chinatown. Detective Randy Walker (Heavener) is assigned to the case. During his inspection of the crime scene, he finds a origami grasshopper, which is his only clue. Meanwhile, one of the shooters (who looks more and more like Jackie Chan as the movie progresses) flees to Canada and starts to feel remorseful for his actions. He and a prostitute fall in love and attempt to start a new life, but unluckily for them, Walker is hot on his trail.

Heavener doesn't say anything until at least a half-hour into the film, but words might not be necessary because of his tight jeans, rockin' hair, cool bomber jacket, and his proclivity to sit on chairs backwards (the cool way aka: the only way). While sitting in that position and resting his arms comfortably on top of the chair, he is getting yelled at by "The Chief". Who is disgruntled (of course) looks like Don Rickles, and apparently is named "Capt. Boxberger". Viewers are treated to endless close-ups of Heavener's studly face. However, this may be because of poor framing issues. Technical issues such as these, permeate the whole film. For example, if you are going to dub the characters voices, they shouldn't be more unintelligible than the original track. Thus the dialogue is an nigh unhearable, muffled, garbled mess.

Speaking of audio misunderstandings, Walker is always misunderstanding Chinese customs. One scene in particular stands out where Walker is asking for some Chinese food but has happened into the main brothel of the movie. The waiter/pimp states what is on offer are "girls" but because of his thick accent, Walker mistakenly thinks the special of the day is a food called "Garls". He asks for a "Garls" special with a Coke. Something ensues, if not hilarity. There are other examples, but this is the best one.

Walker fights a guy who is the Chinese version of John Oates of "Hall & Oates" fame. After beating up more people, there is a "Love Theme from Massacre" and then a very off-kilter ending. "Massacre" would make a great double feature with "Tongs: An American Nightmare" with Simon Yam.

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