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Triad Wars (2008)

Duo shuai (original title)
In the mist of a violent gang war, a series of unfortunate events threatens the fate of a powerful triad leader and his empire.

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Dennis Law (as Dennis S.Y. Law)

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Dennis Law (as Dennis S.Y. Law)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung ... Lin Ho Lung (as Sammo Hung)
Simon Yam ... Lin Ho Tung
Tien Niu ... Leung Yuet Lin / Soso (as Kelly Chu)
Danny Lee ... Senior Inspector Liu Chi Chung
Jing Wu ... Lok Tin Hung
Siu-Fai Cheung ... Law Ting Fat (as Cheung Siu Fai)
Maggie Siu ... Inspector Janet Liu Mei Chun (as Maggie Shiu)
Suet Lam ... Wong Shu Chor / Fat Ball (as Lam Suet)
Ken Lo ... Lau Kwok Wai / Wu (as Kenneth Low)
Jacky Heung ... Kwok Chi Hang
Pinky Cheung ... Tracy
Shiu Hung Hui ... 'Uncle' Tong Lai Yu (as Hui Shiu Hung)
Jay Lau ... Josephine (as Jan Lau)
Zhanwen Kou Zhanwen Kou ... Billy (as Kou Zhan Wen)
Sze-Ming Lu ... Jacky Ho Wing Kit (as Johnny Chen)
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In the midst of a violent gang war one powerful triad leader is faced with losing a grip on his power. As his empire slowly crumbles and his trust of those closest to him dwindles violence escalates as the triad starts clashing with other triads among the Hong Kong community. Face with his only option he'll resort to violent ways to regain his status and reclaim the respect of his triad. Written by Elizabeth Obermeier, Marketing Manager

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Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, and brief drug use | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official site [Hong Kong]

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | English

Release Date:

28 February 2008 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Fatal Move See more »

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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Although this is the 4th film that legendary action icon Sammo Hung and rising martial arts star Jacky Wu Jing have made together, this is the first where they actually share a fight sequence with one another See more »

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Plenty of fun
5 March 2013 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

FATAL MOVE is a grisly Hong Kong Triad movie that reunites many of the same cast members from the excellent KILL ZONE (aka SPL). The storyline charts the misadventures of a Triad gang who initially seem to have it all before lies, backstabbing and deceit beget eventual destruction and chaos.

At first, it's quite odd seeing all of the familiar cast members on the same side for once; there's little conflict, and it takes a while for the plot to begin properly. Once it does, though, things become almost Shakespearian in tone, with one character's imprisonment (Jackie Chan's former bodyguard, the excellent Ken Lo) leading to all manner of massacres and berserk action.

The brutal fight scenes are what propel this action-packed enterprise and they make liberal use of CGI blood throughout. Wu Jing plays another cocky, hateful killer who enjoys mutilating his victims and during a torture sequence the film takes violence to a whole new level. Vicious car chases and the like certainly keep the energy flowing, and my only complaint is that there's too little martial arts to enjoy. We have to wait until the climax before we see Sammo back in action, although I have to say it's well worth the wait.

Cast-wise, Sammo bags the most interesting role, playing a conflicted mob boss who doesn't seem to be that bad a guy for the most part. Simon Yam has a slick, somewhat minor role and doesn't really do much, and Wu Jing is there for the violence alone. However, it's great to see Danny Lee (THE KILLER) back on the screens once more, even if the film doesn't give him much to play other than the stereotyped dogged cop.

FATAL MOVE is no masterpiece but I found it highly entertaining as genre entries go. It's certainly not on the level of the Wilson Yip/Donnie Yen collaborations but it comes close at regular intervals.


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