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Island of Greed (Hak Gam) (1997)

Island of Greed (Hak Gam) (1997)

Island of Greed (Hak Gam)

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Hong Kong director Johnny Mak (Long Arm of the Law) helmed this drama detailing triad links to Taiwanese politics, with a several real-life political parallels. In 1995, a corrupt official (Li Li-chun) positions wealthy mob kingpin Chou (Tony Leung Kar-fai) as a candidate in upcoming elections. Aggressive cop Fang (Andy Lay) raids one of Chou's clubs, but Chou gets off without a conviction. However, Chou is no longer a nominee after Fang exposes his illegal tie to government construction contracts. Chou then becomes an independent candidate, proclaiming revenge on all his betrayers. Action scenes include wild gunplay in the Shihlin night marketplace and cabdrivers' riot that brings Taipei traffic to a standstill. The film's original title, Hei Jin, translates literally as "black gold," colors indicating the underworld. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
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On DVD: Jul 28, 1998
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Cast

Andy Lau
as Fang Kuo-hui
Tony Leung Ka Fai
as Chou Chao-hsien
Pauline Suen
as Hsiao-hsiang
Annie Wu
as Ling Fei
Kathy Kuo
as Mei-li
Doze Niu
as Nicotine
Li Li-chun
as Chairman Hou
King Shih-chieh
as Fang's Boss
Winston Chao
as Commissioner
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