When three close friends escape from Hong Kong to war-time Saigon to start a criminal's life, they all go through a harrowing experience which totally shatters their lives and their friendship forever.
Tony Chiu-Wai Leung,
Identical twins are separated at birth, one becoming a streetwise mechanic, and the other an acclaimed classical concert conductor. Finally meeting in adulthood, they each become mistaken for the other and entangled in each other's world.
Teddy Robin Kwan
A couple working for the triad boss Tang decides to leave/flee the triad and Hong Kong. They meet again in Vancouver 1.5 years later fighting crime. She now has a fiance. The Tang triad comes to Vancouver to do weapons "business".
Likable characters and a good mix of action, comedy and drama
It opens with Leo Koo Kui-Kei as narrator explaining why he has hired a prostitute. The twist is he is a cop trying to arrest Chinese nationals who illegally entered Hong Kong to work as hookers. Charlie Yeung plays a hooker but she is a Hong Kong citizen, so the sting operation is called off. Charlie Yeung is unforgettably cute in this first scene. She just gets cuter an more adorable as the movie goes on.
Eric, Karen and Leo play atypical Hong Kong cops. All the character relations are complicated but easy to follow and interesting. Nothing about this movie should be good if you examine the individual elements yet it is crazy good. It has action, both straight hand to hand martial arts and bullet ballet. It has romance and comedy. The characters as Hong Kong cops seem impossible, appearance-wise, yet the characters are likable and everything fits together and works.
I must add though that the viewer needs some experience with the Hong Kong comedy genre as a prerequisite to enjoying this one. For example the comedy is mixed with drama. Viewers used to Hollywood movies never see this kind of blend yet in Hong Kong movies the flip from dead serious to crazy funny can be quite abrupt and often.
I enjoyed this movie completely and agree with the current rating of 7.0 and add my duplicate rating.
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