When Ah-Gou, a smalltime Hong Kong street rascal, visits a fortune teller and hears that soon he will face a life-changing choice, he surely can't imagine that his life reached a middle ...
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A corrupt cop named Sam handles negotiations between two Triad leaders who plan to join forces. However, he meets a suspicious bald man named Tony, who keeps following him around and disrupting his personal business.
Ching Wan Lau,
Tony Chiu-Wai Leung,
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Police inspector and excellent hostage negotiator Ho Sheung-Sang finds himself in over his head when he is pulled into a 72 hour game by a cancer suffering criminal out for vengeance on Hong Kong's organized crime Syndicates.
When an ambulatory TV news unit live broadcasts the embarrassing defeat of a police battalion by five bank robbers in a ballistic showdown, the credibility of the police force drops to a ... See full summary »
When Ah-Gou, a smalltime Hong Kong street rascal, visits a fortune teller and hears that soon he will face a life-changing choice, he surely can't imagine that his life reached a middle point without return. Will he go to Mainland China with his fellow gangsters to close a deal on a couple of stolen cars? Or will he instead chose to accompany his friend on a trip to kill a mafioso in Taiwan? We are presented with the outcomes of both choices, but is any of the choices really a good one won't be easy to tell... This underground action comedy not only draws inspirations from Krzysztof Kieslowski, Guy Ritchie and Quentin Tarantino, but can also be seen as a highly evaluated political commentary on Hongkong's transition to the People's Republic of China in 1997. Avant-garde cinematography, trippy electronic music and a variety of characteristic figures makes it a fun and memorable experience.Written by
One of the best films to come out of Hong Kong in many years. The cinematography is an outstanding play on Chris Doyle's Wong Kar Wai films. This is the story of an inept group of gangsters and Kau, the poor sap, played by the great Lau Ching Wan, who gets mixed up with them. The story is told twice a la Sliding Doors. Kau makes two different choices and we see the outcomes. The film is hilarious and sometimes a little sad. The star is the stunningly acrobatic camerawork. Two scenes are shot upside down, a shootout is filmed entirely in the dark, wide angle lenses abound. The film never stops moving and never stops surprising. A 10 out of 10. Some have said it is an allegory for the Handover, and I can see it. Kau's choices are Hong Kong's, and that makes this a very subversive film. Either way, it's an amazingly entertaining experience.
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