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Gu huo zi: Zhi ren zai jiang hu (Young and Dangerous) Reviews

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December 22, 2014
The 90s HK movie about gangsters that spawn few sequels and side stories. Not much violence or fighting. More on brotherhood. The group of 5 teens are beaten by Francis Ng gang and force to pay money. Another gangster of same gang Ng Chi Hung ask him to stop. Later the teens decide to follow Ng. Forward to 1995, they grow up and establish quite a name for themselves in the triads - Ekin Cheng, Jordan Chan, Michael Tse, Jerry Lamb and Jason Chu. They plan an assault on another gangster in sauna. Jordan is stuck in lift with a pastor, who was a gangster. He keep preaching to him to turn over a new leaf. The gangster manage to get out in the ambush but Jordan came and stab him dead. He happen to be sworn brother of Francis and he is furious because the dead guy still owe him money. Ekin car Toyota MR2 is stolen by Gigi Lai. They manage to track her down. Ekin show up at her bar and she use him to shield from some gangster. Then she ask him to go negotiation with her to act as her boss. They fool with her and then reveal the truth. Tie her to the car and go for a spin. They punish her eat lots of char siew bao and left her up the deserted hill top. Her boss ask Ng and the rest out to settle. But is powerless against the far more powerful gang of Ng and so it is settle by just drinking beer. Francis keep asking Ekin to join his side but he refuse. The gangster bring Gigi to shoot porn. Ekin save her by saying she's his girlfriend. Gigi vows to follow him forever. Jordan bedded a girl whose father is also a gangster with kungfu. He instruct Jordan to take good care of the daughter. Simon Yam is the gang Hung Hing big boss. He task Ekin to settle some issues in Macau casino. Jordan bring his girlfriend to gamble. He go out to make a phonecall and a porn actress seduce him away. Rival gang abduct his girlfriend. Jordan is too busy having sex with the girls and didn't show up. Ekin and the rest left without him. The van they are in is crush between 2 trucks and the weapons provided are fake. They fight it out on their own against the enemies. Jason is killed. The middleman fetch Ekin but is in cahoot with Francis. They feed him horny drugs and also do the same to Jordan girlfriend and film them both sex. Jerry is very sad his brother is killed. Jordan is furious when the girlfriend say she had sex with Ekin and their brotherhood is gone. Jordan decide to go Taiwan. Michael found him and pass a rolex for him which is from Ekin. He is nursing his injury and lay low, take care by Gigi. At the triad meeting, Francis taunt Ng for the mission failure. He want to have re-election to see who is the new boss. All voted for Francis to take over Simon. He also bring out the sex tape saga. Ekin take full responsibility. Simon have no choice but to bring out the punishment - burn by joss sticks. Ekin is banish out of the gang and he work in a small eatery. Ng still hope Ekin can help him manage the business. Francis abduct Ng family to force him for a chat. He kill him and family. Ekin attend the wake but is stop by the others. He plead for the permission and they relented. Francis show up and isn't welcome too. The pastor can't take it anymore and kick Francis. He complain to the police but the chief says he didn't see anything. Francis order his men to burn Ekin small eatery. Jordan return with pride and power. He use money to buy over the gang other shareholders to help Ekin. His businesses are all been expose and destroy. Jerry beat up Francis mother in the toilet at her birthday bash. Francis give chase out and his men are killed. He is surrounded in the back alley and kerosene pour on him. All the bribed members have come out to expose what Francis did. He hold Jerry hostage with the gun. Michael inform a patrol police and he shoot him dead. Simon return to lead the gang and he promote Ekin.
June 21, 2014
As pointless as I expect from a Triad film. There is a steady hand in the director's seat (Andrew Lau - for my money the HK director of the decade (2000s, certainly not the 90s). Because there's little substance, I could've used more style. But it's played pretty real and that was welcome. Francis Ng acts his ass off in a unique role, but other than that, the cast is pretty much as mediocre as you expect from pop singers. (I like Ekin Cheng just fine....I don't need him to be a great actor, which he's not. He's a movie star, not an actor.)It's an important film but it's not that special. It pandered to teenagers to get some asses in cinema seats and it worked. Doesn't mean it's a good movie.
January 20, 2013
Well frankly, it's quite a stupid movie but I love the message which this franchise brings, you have to pay back with extremity if you went down the extreme road. It's not that I'm discouraging anyone from aspiring to become the next godfather, but just be aware of what entails
½ November 25, 2012
Being a rascal (triad) has never been so noble and has never been so much fun, either, than in Andrew Lau's controversial adaptation of the popular Teddy Boy comic that struck a cord with impressionable viewers and touched a raw nerve with the government and critics alike.

Manfred Wong, who wrote and produced "Young and Dangerous," tailors his primary cast of obnoxious low ranking punks (Ekin Cheng, Jordan Chan, Jerry Lamb, and Michael Tse) in such a way that attempts to convince his audience these young thugs (or "teddy boys") would never hurt anyone who didn't already have it coming and are all [mostly] above the deplorable acts often synonymous with organized crime.

Apparently the kids bought it: "Young and Dangerous" proved the surprise hit of 1996 and proliferated two sequels that same year, in addition to three more official sequels, two spinoffs, and two prequels all in a span of four years.

Parallel to past Andrew Lau projects "Young and Dangerous" is a train wreck of a film but one whose entertainment value is derived from your inability to look away.
November 12, 2012
Interesting movie that goes from a violent and proud of it, to very comedic then back to a dark dark film.
August 27, 2012
A Hong Kong classic.
½ April 26, 2012
Less action and more young godfellas for this successful flick: in its own way, original in respect to the usual wild and spectacular bunch of HK production, and its stylized show of violence... less so for a western moviegoers, but you can see the long wave pointing to the sober, less romanticized approach taken years later by To with Election.
April 24, 2012
This is one of my favorite series of movies from hong kong. There are 9 movies in all. 6 regular, 1 prequal, and 2 spin offs.
½ September 10, 2011
One of Hong Kong's highly successful mafia type film that lead to 5 sequels. Good directon from Andrew Lau
WrenchLT
Super Reviewer
June 2, 2011
Not bad, but nothing really amazing about this. There's many films from Hong Kong like this that came previously, but it's entertaining and watchable despite the lack of action and violence. The characters were likable and none too annoying, though Simon Yam should have had a larger role. It's a little too cheesy at times in it's attempts to be hip and cool but that adds to the appeal.
½ May 11, 2011
it's ok. Liked the cinematography and action, but I couldn't get into the story enough. Maybe I wasn't in the right frame of mind...
August 24, 2010
Actually an entertaining take on hk triads. Sure it glorifies being a gangster, but if you're going to go out and start stabbing people because of a movie you're an idiot.
May 3, 2010
You'd think that I would have been aware of a movie this cool, this awesome, earlier than a week ago. Either way, it rocked.
½ February 23, 2010
It all started here for Ekin and Jordan
February 9, 2010
best movies.....in my eyes soul
January 19, 2010
This was the film that every Chinese youth can relate to. As simple as that.
½ December 18, 2009
Excellent HK movie about a bunch of lads joining the triads and working their way up the ranks. One of the best triad flicks you'll ever see.
October 10, 2009
The best HK Gangs Fighting Ever!
Go Chen Ho Nam!
DragonEyeMorrison
Super Reviewer
½ October 7, 2009
While most of the films in this franchise are pretty much interchangable this one, along with the second film, are not that bad at all. Jordan Chan is a lot of fun to watch, and Francis Ng and Simon Yam are in this.
September 2, 2009
Y&D all the way!!! Ekin cheung is King!!...(^_^)
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