Portland Street Blues (1998)
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In this official "Young and Dangerous" spin-off the origins of Sister Thirteen, the largely unelaborated on female triad introduced to audiences in the series' fourth installment, is fleshed out in spite of the preceding offerings' overt male chauvinism. To the film's credit "Portland Street Blues" avoids merely feminizing one of its predecessors to justify giving the Sister Thirteen character a feature length film. Nor does it take the inside track and simply exploit the triad's gender (or her muddled sexuality for that matter). "Portland Street Blues" could have been a hip and sexy triad girlz flick a la "Street Angels" (1996). Thankfully, it is not. In fact, "Portland Street Blues" has most of everything it needs to exist as a stand alone feature taking narrative paths previously unpaved by writer Manfred Wong and director Andrew Lau whose heavy-hands steered all six "Young and Dangerous" films plus a prequel. Juxtaposed to its exploitive counterparts director Yip Wai-man and co-writer Patrick Kong have come up with one of series' more favorable entries that features a first in the "Young and Dangerous" universe by sporting a strong female cast with the excellent Sandra Ng reprising her Sister Thirteen role from "Young and Dangerous" parts 4 and 5, an extended cameo by former soft-core queen Shu Qi convincingly portraying an overly abused junkie, in addition to promising newcomer Kristy Yeung. It's not until the final reel when seemingly by obligation "Portland Street Blues" plugs itself directly into the "Young and Dangerous" series and a number of hindrances we were happy to be getting a break from here begin to rear their ugly heads including but not limited to a cameo by series star Ekin Cheng. That alone is enough to crack the foundation.
Spin off of the Young And Dangerous series is pretty good.
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