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Genres:
Action | Crime
Resolution:
1280*720
Size:
916.09M
Quality:
720p
Frame Rate:
23.976 fps
Language:
chi 2.0  
Run Time:
97 min
IMDB Rating:
7 / 10 
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Directors: Wai-Keung Lau [Director] ,


Movie Description:
Nam opens a bar in Wanchai and continues his rise in Hong Kong's Hung Hing gang. His best friend, Chicken, needs to lie low, so he's sent to Taiwan to work for Lui, leader of the San Luen gang; there, he falls for the aging Lui's mistress, Ting Yiu. When Chicken returns to Hong Kong, he finds Nam in a struggle with long time rival, Fai Fat. Then, Lui shows up, demanding that Hung Hing sell him a half interest in their new Macau casino. When Chiang, the Hung Hing boss, wants to think about it, Lui threatens war, Chicken must choose sides, and Ting Yui sets up a meeting. Chicken's affections, Fai and Nam's rivalry, Lui's greed, and Ting's intentions are on a collision course.

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Reviews

Young and Dangerous

This Hong Kong crime drama is centred of Chan Ho Nam, 'Chicken' Chiu and their friends. They are young men growing up in a crime infested part of Hong Kong who get involved with the Triads, working for Uncle Bee. Their work is often violent and brings them into conflict with Kwan, the leader of another Triad group. After a job in Macau goes tragically wrong things get more dangerous. Kwan is on the rise and his actions will force Nam and Chicken to seek revenge.

I enjoyed this film; while there is some violence this is more a story about friendship and loyalty. The main characters are all pretty solid. Just about everybody is somehow involved in crime; Nam only met his girlfriend, Smartie, because she stole his car! The violence is less brutal than most Hong Kong crime dramas I've seen thanks to the way it is filmed; I assume this was meant as a nod to the stories comic book origins. The story does provide some surprises, which I won't spoil. There are some comic moments; notably how Smartie is punished for stealing Nan's car. The cast does a solid job bringing their characters' to life. Overall I'd certainly recommend this to fans of Hong Kong crime drama.

These comments are based on watching the film in Cantonese with English subtitles.

An absolute classic...

The movie series that influenced a generation in Chinese culture. Parts 1, 2 & 3 are hall of famers as far as HK cinema goes regarding the Chinese gangster triad genre where even in the underword, the is honor among thieves and there is good vs bad even in the "bad guy" universe. Together with the iconic soundtrack which produced instant mando/canto pop classics, this is definitely a classic.

Episodic, entertaining, but without cohesion

The "Young and Dangerous" movies are a series of films about the experiences of young triads in Hong Kong's criminal society. They are based on a Hongkongese comic book known as "Teddy Boy", a fact which would be unknown if not for the movie often cutting to hand-drawn images, revealing how closely the film resembles the comic book.

The film's structure seems to be fairly episodic; there's not much of an overarching narrative that I could detect, and thus the scenes only have power based on the performances. The stand-outs for me were Ekin Cheng as the protagonist and the stunningly beautiful Gigi Lai as his love interest.

Despite being a HK crime flick, "Young and Dangerous" isn't heroic bloodshed; there's very little gunplay and none of the violence is shot in balletic fashion.

Unfortunately, with little cohesion to each scene, "Young and Dangerous"'s power feels muted, especially in its climax; however it is entertaining for most of its run-time.
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