A Hero Never Dies Reviews
December 31, 2013
heroic bloodshed to end all heroic bloodshed. that damn song will be stuck in my head for weeks
September 17, 2009
This is the most important Johnny To film, for this is the first film noir by To and the film in which To establishes his own style as an auteur. Although influences from past Hong Kong noirs are very strong (theme, plot and some details like Ching-Wan Lau's character on a wheel chair are very John Woo-like, and Leon Lai's character is very much similar to the killer he played in Kar-Wai Wong's "Fallen Angels".), To's own style can be recognized throughout the whole film. Several gunfight sequences (in the middle and the ending of the film) are the very highlights of the film, and they are probably the best gunfight sequences To has ever done until today. Action (movement) itself and tension-rising quick cutting are of course great, but also the dramas (bond of fighters, feud with the boss, and friendship between the two heroes which To thinks is something stronger than anything) told very in the gunfight without a word are the best part. Some sentimentalism which is seen in the choice of theme music (famous old Japanese pop "Sukiyaki") and in scenes of the parting of the hero and his girlfriend in sunset is what is excluded in later films by To in the process of him sharpening his style, but I liked them. Some scenes look little bit too affected and comic-like, but this is definitely one of the best works by To.
May 26, 2014
Johnnie To's signature style shines throughout this flawed film!
November 5, 2004
Not much to get next to here. Interesting twists at the end, but a failure compared to Johnny To's best.
June 1, 2004
haven't reviewed these two for quite some time and totally enjoyed the dark side of this genre.