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Goo waak zai: Yan joi gong woo (1996)

Nam opens a bar in Wanchai and continues his rise in Hong Kong's Hung Hing gang. His best friend, Chicken, needs to lie low, so he's sent to Taiwan to work for Lui, leader of the San Luen ... See full summary »

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Wai-Keung Lau (as Mr. Andrew Lau)

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Cowman (comic strip) (as Mr. Cow Man), Dickey Yau (comic strip) (as Mr. Dickey Yau) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Ekin Cheng ... Chan Ho Nam (as Mr. Cheng Yee Kin)
Jordan Chan ... Chicken Chiu (as Mr. Jordan Chan)
Gigi Lai ... Smartie / Stammer (as Ms. Gigi Lai)
Francis Ng ... Ugly Kwan (as Mr. Ng Chun Yung)
Frankie Chi-Hung Ng ... Uncle Bee (as Mr. Ng Chi Hung)
Simon Yam ... Chiang Tin-Sung (Guest star) (as Mr. Yam Tat Wah)
Michael Tse ... Dai Tin-Yee (as Mr. Michael Tse)
Jason Chu ... Chou-Pan (as Mr. Jason Chu)
Jerry Lamb ... Pou-Pan (as Mr. Jerry Lamb)
Suki Chan Suki Chan ... Ho Yan (as Miss Suki Chan)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Cheng Joe Cheng ... Ba-Bai
Yuk Wah Cheung Yuk Wah Cheung
King-Man Chik King-Man Chik ... (Guest star)
Siu-Lung Ching Siu-Lung Ching ... Hung Hing Triad Senior
Raven Choi Raven Choi
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Nam opens a bar in Wanchai and continues his rise in Hong Kong's Hung Hing gang. His best friend, Chicken, needs to lie low, so he's sent to Taiwan to work for Lui, leader of the San Luen gang; there, he falls for the aging Lui's mistress, Ting Yiu. When Chicken returns to Hong Kong, he finds Nam in a struggle with long time rival, Fai Fat. Then, Lui shows up, demanding that Hung Hing sell him a half interest in their new Macau casino. When Chiang, the Hung Hing boss, wants to think about it, Lui threatens war, Chicken must choose sides, and Ting Yui sets up a meeting. Chicken's affections, Fai and Nam's rivalry, Lui's greed, and Ting's intentions are on a collision course. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | English | Hakka

Release Date:

25 January 1996 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Young and Dangerous See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Father Lam: God arranged the lift to be out of order, he must have something to hint you.
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Well-paced HK youth gangster boxoffice hit
23 October 2001 | by expertenSee all my reviews

Young And Dangerous was a big boxoffice hit in Hong Kong and is the first movie in a series that this far contains six parts plus five spin off movies, not counting the many imitations and rip offs, so it could be worth checking out. If you like it there is the whole series to watch.

Y & D is an action movie (more than a gangster drama) about young triad gangsters and the importance of good friendship. It is purely entertainment, it is not an art film and has no important messages to the audience. The story is simple and we are not getting any deeper knowledge about the triads and how they function, even though the funeral and the punishment scene are interesting and well made. But simplicity does not have to be only bad, this is action and it is good that the story is not confusing. Also, the story contains the element of revenge and revenge tends to be involving.

The pacing is good and Y & D never gets boring, on the contrary, it gets more and more involving. Some scenes are unnecessary though, especially those with the priest and the female car thief that seems aimed to provide some not needed comic relief. But those scenes does not ruin the movie, it would just be better without them. Otherwise the tone is serious and Francis Ng, as the villain, gives a strong performance that actually lifts the film.

Y & D is superficial, but there is a lot of action, even though it is mostly the usual gang fighting. Y & D does not belong to the Heroic Bloodshed genre, there is not much gunplay and bloodsquibs. If it had been more brutal with more on screen violence it would have been a better movie. Even though it is a serious movie I would have preferred a grittier tone, but this is aimed for a younger audience. Some of the young rascals does not seem tough enough to be gangsters, but Cheng is OK as their groupleader (Ho Nam) and Chan is good as his right hand (Chicken). Simon Yam has only a small role as their highest boss. You will be entertained even if it is not the best you have seen. 7 / 10


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