Fine crime drama thriller from Alex Cheung Kwok-Ming in his second directed
feature film, and the precursor to Andrew Lau and Alan Mak's
hugely successful 2002 "Infernal Affairs" that one with at
least 2 sequels and a US Remake.
Director, scriptwriter and cinematographer Alex Cheung won a Hong Kong
Golden Horse award for best direction and for best original
screenplay, and Eddie Chen/Chan won a Best Actor award at the 19th Golden
I love the gritty and less flashy HK crime actions made
in the early 1980's and culminating in Johnny Mak's 1984 masterpiece
"Long Arm of
the Law". Made before the Bullet Ballet style of John Woo and Ringo
Lam et al. conquered Hong Kong and the rest of the world.
Why ? Well, this style of gunplay on film have been so massively used
by Hollywood action directors and elsewhere since then that i've
gotten tired of it (especially used in the 1990's by the Hipster style
of directors). But, when writing this almost 20 years has passed since
watched the John Woo and Ringo Lam movies, and Johnnie To continued
their heritage style into the new millennia, and maybe it's time to
re-watch some of their old crime-action movies. I remember "Bullet
in the Head" by Woo and "Full Contact" by Lam were my
Ho Wing-Chui (Eddie Chan or Chen) is a young police
rookie and already slightly bored with his job. One day he's called
up for a talk with
police inspector Chan (Ga Lun) and he wants to assign Chiu to a special
mission, to quit his job as a regular policeman and to work as an
undercover agent and infiltrate the Hong Kong Triads. The Mafia.
A top secret mission with only Inspector Chan and his Triad contact
Ah Tai (Kam Hing-Yin) knowing about it, and he can not tell anyone
about it. Not his girlfriend Bik-Fong (Ada Fung) or his sister (Mei-Bo).
Chiu quickly is accepted by the local thugs and easily
adapts to the Mafia style, almost to easy. He joins into muggings and
he's released from jail by Inspector Chan if getting caught. Chiu lives
on the street and his girlfriend is about to be his ex-girlfriend when
jewellery owner Simon (Leung Hon-Fai) advances on her in his absence
SPOILER ......... SPOILER ........ BELOW ..........
What's better than a Mighty Feel Bad ending to a HK
crime movie from the Golden Era ?
Something that punch you in the stomach as in Derek
Yee's 1987 "People's Hero" or in Johnny Mak's 1984 "Long
Arm of the Law" or as
in this film when a robbery suddenly turns into a community riot with
a nasty ending. I didn't expect it and it felt like a sucker punch.
Ga Lun, Kam Hing-Yin and Eddie Chan were great (but the actress playing
his girlfriend, Ada Fung; not that great and only made 3 films)
The DVD presents the film in anamorphic widescreen 1.78:1
with cantonese audio 5.1 with english subtitles. Extras a trailer, behind
scenes 8 mm footage (14 minutes) and a picture gallery