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An illegal immigrant from Mainland China sneaks into corrupt British-colonized Hong Kong in 1963, transforming himself into a ruthless and emerging drug lord.

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Jason Kwan, Jing Wong | 1 more credit »

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Jing Wong, Koon-Nam Lui (screenplay) (co-writer) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Donnie Yen ... Crippled Ho
Andy Lau ... Lee Rock
Philip Keung ... Will
Wilfred Lau Wilfred Lau ... Wayne
Kang Yu Kang Yu ... Chad
Kent Cheng ... Piggy
Bryan Larkin ... Ernest Hunt
Ben Ng ... Chubby
Ken Tong ... Tong (as Chun-Yip Tong)
Dongdong Xu ... Rose (as Raquel Xu)
Michelle Hu Michelle Hu ... Jane
Niki Chow ... May
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sahajak Boonthanakit ... General Piyamas
Chloe Chan Chloe Chan ... Alva
Michael Wai-Man Chan ... Master Dane (as Wai-Man Chan)
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The year is 1963, an illegal immigrant named Ho (Donnie Yen) sneaks into British-ruled Hong Kong. Equipped with guts and combat skills, he plunges into the underground world getting into constant conflict with rivals. After many adversaries, the once good-natured man is physically crippled and turns into a monster more atrocious than all the most corrupted cops and ruthless drug dealers. Ho eventually emerges as the most powerful drug lord under the control of Chief Detective Sergeant, Lee Rock (Andy Lau). However, with the establishment of Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) by the law enforcement in 1974, Rock is forced into premature retirement. But Ho still insists he would not be stopped as he determines to become the sole dictator of the drug empire. Written by DOK

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Country:

Hong Kong | China

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin | English | Thai | Teochew

Release Date:

28 September 2017 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Chui Lung See more »

Filming Locations:

Chaozhou, Guangdong, China See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$138,346, 1 October 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$455,493, 16 November 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$86,855,981, 8 November 2017
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Kenneth Tsang who played Master Dane appeared in To Be Number One (1991) as Chief Inspector Lui. See more »

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AT the funeral scene in Thailand Ho lights a roll of $100 bills. But the bills have the 2006 redesign. See more »

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Version of Bo Hao (1991) See more »

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A very bad scripted sequel to "Lee Rock" and "Lee Rock II"
28 December 2017 | by BasicLogicSee all my reviews

Andy Lau in this film continued to play the role of Lee Rock, portraying his early rise in Hong Kong's police system under the colonial sovereign governing governing. Donnie Yen played a role as new comer and a new input of this Hong Kong generic and stereotyped underworld gangster who later associated himself and was manipulated by Lee Rock.

What I don't like too much of this film are the usual fatal flaws that almost every Chinese movie would always be unavoidable:

  • Lousy screenplay with horrible dialog, making this film so painful to swallow.
  • Bad acting that included Any Lau and Donnie Yen. The overly weight control
diet has deformed Lau into a skinny physical body with gaunt skeleton face, resulted him as a non-outstanding ordinary little guy without any special dominant aura to support his upper-echelon status in any job title, police or gangster organization. Any GREAT or POWERFUL role he played only gave me an impression that movie needed to make him being that role. There's not enough believability to convince me he could be that great or powerful person in that movie so far.

Donnie Yen is no exception in this movie with very bad acting with his bloated facial condition. He was also deeply affected by the bad screenplay to play a convincing enough character.

  • Bad casting with many unnecessary clowns and jerks roles, such as Kent
Cheng, who played the sidekick and yes-man of Lee Rock. But in Chinese movie industries, returning favors or special relationship always needed to be considered from the cash-cow production groups behind the scene. So manuscripts would always have to be revised, added more unnecessary roles, thus unavoidably messed up the films. This trend and must-do is a tumor, an appendix that Chinese movie industries could never cut off clearly.

  • Poor make-ups with funny wigs that included Donnie Yen's cosmetic extra
eye-lid liner surgeries and moving Botox on his face.

  • Status-quo no brainer trademark directing. Jing Wong has produced and
directed so many similar genre film like this one. He never improved or evovled his directing technique and skill at all. Every film he directed or produced was almost the same, no new ground was ever broken.

This film, in my opinion, is just another shallow farce with lot of back alley fights typically in Hong Kong gangster films. Donnie Yen has been trying very hard to make him not just a martial-art fighting machine in his films but an actor with more depth, but with only such lousy screenplays lying around, with his aging process, the only choice he could do is making money first with his fighting skills whenever big payloads throwing his way like Jackie Chan.


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