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A Hero Never Dies (1998)

Chan sam ying hung (original title)
Jack and Martin are members of rival Chinese triads in the middle of a gang war. Both of their gang leaders like to get advice from a fortune teller living in Thailand. On one such trip, ... See full summary »


Johnnie To


Kam-Yuen Szeto (as Szeto Kam Yuen), Nai-Hoi Yau (as Yau Nai Hoi)

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Fiona Leung Fiona Leung ... Fiona
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Henry Fong ... Mr. Fong (as Fong Ping)
Shi-Kwan Yen ... Mr. Yam (as Yam Sai Koon)
Keiji Sato ... (as Sato Keiji)
Michael Lam
Bun Yuen ... Bo (as Yuen Bun)
Ping Cheung Ping Cheung
Suet Lam ... (as Lam Suet)
Chi-Shing Chiu Chi-Shing Chiu
Ching Ting Law Ching Ting Law ... (as Lu Ching Ting)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philip Keung
Wing-Cheong Law Wing-Cheong Law


Jack and Martin are members of rival Chinese triads in the middle of a gang war. Both of their gang leaders like to get advice from a fortune teller living in Thailand. On one such trip, Martin's gang ambushes Jack's at a Thai hotel. There is a spectacular shootout, in which both Martin and Jack are severely wounded. The leader of Jack's gang was at the hotel, unlike Martin's, and escapes. Afterwards, both gang leaders, Mr. Fong of Martin's and Mr. Yam of Jack's, go to a general and make peace. Meanwhile, both Jack and Martin are hospitalized. Martin's legs are amputated, and his girlfriend whores herself in order to get them back into Hong Kong... Written by Anonymous

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Hong Kong


Cantonese | English | Thai

Release Date:

30 September 1998 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

A Hero Never Dies See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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another good johnny to's movie
14 July 2006 | by mel_lumSee all my reviews

a very good start to film such movie, before his upcoming movies such as AmZin 1 and 2. i would always say johnny to is a brilliant director, always able to adapt to filming different types of movies; love romance (love on a diet - 100% recommended to watch), thriller, mystery which loves leaving the audience to think a lot or read behind the lines. The cast is quite good as well, Leon Lai played his character very calm and cool whereas Lau Ching Wan once again as Johnny's favourite, played his very professional also sometimes a good joker. Another one of good Hongkong movie on triads but this is before 2000 which have a lot of differences in such triad movies in the new and old eras; however they both still carry very good tricky story lines. Such thriller movie is never made too serious or boring or to focus on killings only, but always include jokes, romance; bringing a twist to triad movies. In Hero, those 2 actresses played their roles very well, though died tragically willing to sacrifice for their lovers. Yoyo was quite good for a start in her acting career before turning to TVB (hongkong series). Fiona an experienced actress was very good being a lover of a triad, expecting from the start how her life would be. Also, don't forget the music background!!! Johnny To's movies is always complete to excellence with perfect music.. meaningful, suitable for the atmospheres, adding touch to the character's role in the movie! Excellent.. just like in AmZin. In this show like most triad movies, it's all about the basic principles not only in triads but in life too; loyalty, trustworthy, willing to sacrifice, brave and bold etc. Also, a very big principle especially for MAN and Triads - dignity! Both big Bosses want to end this long war between their people and rather enjoy lives and let their people return their families, but what is it which keeps them going on killing each other? This movie is well worth watching! Be prepared and don't ask for too much in this movie before watching, because remember it's filmed in or before 1998; hence it's terribly an awesome movie with such technology back then. It's all about the cast and the plot well portrayed! Well done!

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