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Da lao ai mei li (2004)

Not Rated | | Action, Comedy | 8 April 2004 (Hong Kong)
Georgie is handsome, stylish and charming - but he's gay and his old-fashioned father is the leader of one of Hong Kong's powerful Triads. Should Georgie's lifestyle get out his father's ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
... Sam
... Georgie Hung
... Julie
... Kin
... Father Eight
... Cheng Chow
... Georgie Hung's father
... Client of Julie (Cameo)
Brian Lee ... David
... Chow's Henchman
... Cock Head
... Gay Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hin-Wai Au ... Lui Fai's thug
Michael Wai-Man Chan ... Lui (as Wai-Man Chan)
... Head Waitress (Cameo)
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Georgie is handsome, stylish and charming - but he's gay and his old-fashioned father is the leader of one of Hong Kong's powerful Triads. Should Georgie's lifestyle get out his father's position would be in jeopardy. So he sends Georgie away until after his death. But things don't go as planned! Written by Anonymous

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A guilty pleasure, and a fine one it is
2 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

It's not a simple task, giving this movie a review. Especially, I should add, because I've seen it right after seeing the movie "Bishonen", whose two stars are featured here as well, one even directs the movie.

Keeping this in mind, you may not be as surprised to hear that I was greatly thankful for the movie. Whereas "Bishonen" broke my heart, this movie revived it, and it was no easy task.

The plot starts with a face-off of the Triad's highest ranking members, which results in an accidental killing. Following this, said members swear not to harm one another any longer. However, a little boy is left an orphan, and he will seek to avenge his father later on.

25 years later and the "Big Brother" is dying. He asks his second in command to bring back his son and make sure he takes over the crime organization. The son, however, is gay and not interested in the job. His straight roommate is. So the switching of roles begins.

It's a light-hearted comedy which sets out to make fun of the usual clichés and does so extremely well. I think the moments dealing with the clichés are some of the best in the movie. At the same time, it also oozes with coolness during some scenes (the swearing of the new "Big Brother", the final action sequence at the end of the movie).

Not all is perfect with this movie. Some jokes are a bit crude, some comic scenes are somewhat over-acted (the fake son crying at his father's funeral, for example) and the plot doesn't always make all that much sense. Still, it made me laugh out loud at times, it was also had touching moments that ran deep in a way a lot of serious dramas don't manage to, Daniel Wu's character - the real son of "Big Brother" - is interesting and wonderful, not to mention stereotype-breaking as a gay man you *would* want to head a Triad.

Personally, I'd love to see a sequel, and that in itself says a lot. I even have the basic plot figured out, so I have no doubt it can (and should) be done.


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