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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 »


Michael Chu


Michael Chu

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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!


Crime | Drama







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1990 (USA) See more »

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Massacre 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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The US version of Darkside of Chinatown
14 November 2004 | by garaijanSee all my reviews

It seems as if Michael Chu had a deal with Yuen Cheung Yan and producer Fan Mei Shan to shoot a Canadian Hong kong coproduction, because the beginning scenes of the movie have been used for another movie, a Hong Kong movie titled Darkside of Chinatown(1986). Darkiside of Chinatown uses the first half of Border of Tong, and uses some of David Heavener's scenes. Darkside of Chinatown differs after the hold up, where Daniel Hung tang's character and Lam Wai go back to Hong kong to face his father, Kenneth Tsang, who is also Lam Wai's best friend. Fatherhood and friendships are tested, as Daniel Hung tang is sent to Canada after many arguments, while Kenneth Tsang and Lam's brother are killed by Guk Fung and his henchmen, including Hwang Jang Lee, who is menacing in this movie, as Guk Fung want the book that Daniel Hung tang stole from the hold up and threw away, while Lam Wai and his cop friend, Jason Pai Piao, revenge the death of Tsang and Lam's brother, Fan mei Shan.

Where Darkside of Chinatown pivots towards the Hong Kong, Border of Tong stays in Seattle, which is really canada, and doesn't have a Hong Kong sub plot or Ku Feng's character, as cop David Heavener, as well as a Korean assassin hired by Seattle politicians wanting the book back, chases Daniel Hung Tang, who left the book back in Seattle Chinatown theater, travels from Seattle into Canada, where Daniel Hung Tang rescues a Vietnamese girl from a brothel. There is a book, but it goes nowhere. There are scenes dealing with a Korean politician wanting that book because it has information about Hong kong triad money, but the scenes go nowhere. Considering that David Heavener is a martial artist, and that this is a Hong Kong co production, there is no martial arts in Border of tong, and what action there is is horribly choreographed. Border of Tong has modern well choreographed action, as Hwang jang lee, although underused, does some impressive kicks. But, the main point of Darkside of Chinatown or the Border of Tong isn't action, it is the story, which Darkside of Chinatown offers well, while Border of Tong lacks in budget, scene development, and much needed action. Draksid eof Chinatown is the better movie out of the two. It stars Lam Wai, Jason pai Pio, Guk Fung, Hwang Jang lee, and the Hong Kong scenes are directed by Yuen Cheung Yan. It doesn't say much, because nobody is used properly in this movie, but how could you not choos ethis version over the other pne, which stars nobodies and offers nothing that interesting. But, David Heavener is the only things that makes Border of Tong watchable, as he has a lot of style and has his moments in this movie, including that well shot Dirty Harry scene with the mugger in the alley.

Border of Tong seems to have been released many years after it was shot, as the title, credits, seem to have been burned in recently, even though massacre is the title of the version I have, and the music seems more modern than the 1985 production credits and music would look and sound like. It may have been shelved because there wasn't a market for the movie back then. Darkside of Chinatown wasn't released until 1989, and by Hwang Jang lee's short haircut, it confirms that this movie was shot during the same year Border of tong, as Hwang, who wears long hair, had the same short hair cut in innocent interloper(1986), another movie shot during the same year at Darkside of Chinatown and Border of Tong. But, with DVD, most unreleasable movies from the 80's now have a market. NOTE: I bought Border of Tong, under the title Massacre, thinking Hwang Jang lee was in this version, as the name in the back of the DVD read Hwee Hing Li, which I thought was a misspelling hwang jang lee's name, but Hwa Hing Li is the actress woman who plays the Vietnamese immigrant forced to work in a Canadian brothel that Daniel Hung Tang saves. No Hwang jang lee in this movie. Could have used him, even though nobody is his match in Border of Tong, and it would have been a short final fight since Daniel Hung Tang can't fight and David Heavener would rather use his gun and shows up after the action is finished or gets shot and doe nothing like in Border of Tong. Heavener wasn't even a match for one of the hold up men in his extra footage in Darkside of Chinatown. Instead of Hwang Jang Lee, In Border of Tong, we are left with a Korean assassin with horrible Taekwondo skills. The beginning scene sof Bordre of Tong, which were probably mandatory co production shoots, were shot in Cantonese, as in Bordre of Tong, some of the dialogue is dubbed in English.

Darkside of Chinatown(1986) ***

Border of Tong(1986) *1/2(half star for David Heavener's scenes, and a few good scenes with Dabiel Hung Tang)

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