Wong gok hak yau (One Night in Mongkok) (2004)
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Critic Reviews for Wong gok hak yau (One Night in Mongkok)
This sharply edited, melodramatic and sometimes violent thriller shows a succulently seamy side of Hong Kong not often seen in movies.
a taut crime thriller that moonlights as ensemble morality tale and allegory of Hong Kong's post-handover relationship with mainland China.
Sinks us into the muddied moral line between cops and criminals, beaten down by a callous, bottom-line system . . . holds a mirror up to the Hong Kong action thriller and asks us to look beyond the flash of violence.
Audience Reviews for Wong gok hak yau (One Night in Mongkok)
The ending kills EVERYTHING good of this movie. It's too depressing, even though describing Hong Kong not as a "place where dreams come true" was what the creators intended to do. Who wanna see this kind of tragedy even on screen if this is happening everyday in real life?? But still, Daniel Wu's performance is pretty good. Cecilia cannot act, but she's still young and cute in this film. It also describes the bond of a police team well. If ending was everything but this, star can be 1/2 or 1 higher. Worst ending they can choose.
When street violence spirals out of control, a police unit attempts to cope with the situation and track down a hired killer who proves rather more resourceful than the double-crossing contractor who sells him out had counted on. One Night In Mongkok centres around the criminal underbelly of a district in one of the most densely populated areas of Hong Kong. It involves a dash of social commentary in its portrayal of how rural Chinese flock to the bright lights of Hong Kong to escape poverty only to become treated as a disposable commodity by the ruthless criminals who rule there. Its approach will be familiar to any who have seen the likes of Infernal Affairs or City Of God, falling somewhere between the two in plot and execution. The direction is just the right combination of gritty realism and style and the cast are all strong. The plot relies a little too heavily on coincidence and the usual combination of brutal violence and grey morality all round won't win any awards for originality, but to anyone who enjoys this type of film it's a solid example.
well done cop drama...daniel, alex and cecilia all do first rate performing..interesting story..wil hold your interest..easy to follow..compelling frost start to finish..recommended
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