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One Nite in Mongkok (2004)

Wong Gok hak yeh (original title)
Hong Kong nihilism. December 22, a street quarrel leads to the death of a gang leader's son. Next day, he seeks revenge on his brother, a rival boss. He calls on Liu, a fixer, to import a ... See full summary »

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Tung-Shing Yee (as Derek Yee)

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Tung-Shing Yee (as Derek Yee)
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Daniel Wu ... Lai-fu
Cecilia Cheung ... Dandan (as Cecelia Cheung)
Alex Fong ... Milo
Kar Lok Chin ... Brandon (as Chin Ka Lok)
Anson Leung ... Ben
Suet Lam ... Liu (as Lam Suet)
Ken Wong ... Wilson
Na Tsui ... Liu's Wife (as Tsui Mei Na)
Paul Che ... Shitty Kong (as Paul Car)
Alexander Chan ... Walter (as Chan Mong Wah)
Tommy Yuen ... Franky's Thug
Eddie Pang ... Tiger
Christie Fung ... Sue
Henry Fong ... Carl
Limin Sun ... Tim (as Suen Limin)
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Hong Kong nihilism. December 22, a street quarrel leads to the death of a gang leader's son. Next day, he seeks revenge on his brother, a rival boss. He calls on Liu, a fixer, to import a hit man from the mainland. Lai Fu, a tough and youthful hick, arrives with a day pass. The cops, led by the morose Milo, hear about the killer; they open a full-scale Christmas Eve operation to find the warring brothers and Lai Fu. Lai Fu rescues a hooker, Dan Dan, from a sadist and asks her to help him find his way around Mongkok. By nightfall, Liu has double crossed Lai Fu, the brothers are hiding, the cops are everywhere, and Lai Fu and Dan Dan are on the run. Peace on earth, good will to all? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Fate can bring us together; so can sin!

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Crime | Drama

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Refuses to be pigeonholed
28 June 2013 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

ONE NITE IN MONGKOK, a Hong Kong cop thriller about an assassin about to carry out his first hit, sounds like the typical all-action thriller, but on watching it turns out to be something much darker, more subtle and mature in its developing themes. It's a highly effective cat and mouse thriller that prioritises character over action and is all the better for it.

Daniel Wu is one of my all-time favourite Chinese stars and this is one of his top roles. His character, a would-be assassin starting out on his first job, sounds unsympathetic at first but he grows on you as the film develops, and as his growing relationship with Cecilia Cheung is handled sympathetically and with realistic emotion. By the end, you're rooting for him and his cause.

The rest of the film is more familiar, but it all works and slots into place nicely. Alex Fong's bull-headed cop is a worthwhile adversary for our star, and the supporting cast of pimps and drug dealers, grasses and gangsters, is a well developed one. Although the film sometimes has shades of BOURNE it develops its own unique style as it progresses, gradually building to an ultimately devastating climax which took my breath away. It's an astonishing way to end a film, and one which has stayed with me days later.


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

20 May 2004 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Wang jiao hei ye See more »

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$1,000,000
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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