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Once a Gangster Reviews

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½ January 29, 2013
a sophisticated and political comedy =)
October 30, 2012
i want to see this one
deano
Super Reviewer
September 27, 2011
I see the writer-director Felix Chong brings back the Young and Dangerous boys in a triad movie satire about aging gangsters thrust into a potential gang war where only one can emerge victorious.
This film was clearly done on the cheap, and Chong doesn't compensate well. Many scenes take place in distracting darkness, where the shadows seem to exist only to hide the fact that they couldn't afford quality art direction. The performances are wildly uneven too, with many of the actors seemingly acting against rather than with one another. For a first-time solo effort, Chong does a passable job, but there's room for improvement.
September 27, 2011
I see the writer-director Felix Chong brings back the Young and Dangerous boys in a triad movie satire about aging gangsters thrust into a potential gang war where only one can emerge victorious.
This film was clearly done on the cheap, and Chong doesn‚(TM)t compensate well. Many scenes take place in distracting darkness, where the shadows seem to exist only to hide the fact that they couldn't afford quality art direction. The performances are wildly uneven too, with many of the actors seemingly acting against rather than with one another. For a first-time solo effort, Chong does a passable job, but there's room for improvement.
May 13, 2011
After watching this, I have only two comments:
1. absolutely liberalist
2. Ekin and Jordan are the most fucking ones in the film =]
So, who said liberty is not equal who is good in nature~
April 15, 2011
Olihan tässäkin hetkensä, mutta ei kuitenkaan kokonaisuutena toiminut. Itämainen komedia on vaikea laji, vaikka triadeista pystyykin vääntämään aika hyvin vitsiä. No ainakin Eking Cheng ja Jordan Chan oli saatu aika monen vuoden jälkeen samaan leffaan, jos sitä nyt meriitiksi voi sanoa.
February 13, 2011
Triad days gone by...now Laughable!!!
Witty slap on current systems & leaders!
Another Great 100% HK Movie!
November 27, 2010
Vous êtes qui?
Et vous vous êtes qui?
... Mais qu'est ce qu'il est con ! Moi j'suis ton père sale enfoirà (C) !
½ November 14, 2010
Funny film, a mock take on infernal affairs and young and dangerous. if you are not suited to be a gangster don't be one then. yet even if you are not a good one, loyalty, honour and brotherhood will always be there for you XD
½ October 26, 2010
an original story with original "young and dangerous g- angsters" lol ekin and jordan with a hilarious side of ia parody. you will appreciate this simple yet chalk-full-of deadpan comedy. :D for fans of the genre and actors!
½ October 25, 2010
The humor is too inconsistent. Maybe these two guys should not ever do movies together again.
October 15, 2010
Vous êtes qui?
Et vous vous êtes qui?
... Mais qu'est ce qu'il est con ! Moi j'suis ton père sale enfoiré !
½ October 13, 2010
Hilarious movie poking fun of old style Hong Kong gangster type of movie. The same goes for making fun of Infernal Affairs (I believe the producer of this movie is the same one for Infernal Affairs). It was a delight to watch Ekin and Jordan reunite in this movie.
½ October 12, 2010
Quite an interesting movie. A lot of memories from the "Young and Dangerous" series. Conroy Chan's performance is very funny in this movie.
September 16, 2010
2/10: A parody and spoof to some of the famous Hong Kong gangster movies. See if you can spot them all.
September 7, 2010
Very fun satire of the Y&D franchise and young triad trend in general, with ridiculous takes on the inside story - ceremonies, artifacts, noble elders (on opium), and the trope of the estranged successor back from jail to reclaim the throne. Cheng and Chan are terrific as post-collapse, economically motivated youngsters quietly tolerating yet subverting the ridiculous goings-on around them.
½ August 22, 2010
average...but nice to see ekin and jordan in a same flick again.
½ August 20, 2010
A nice Black society movie! Funny and with something! Love Jordan Chan's performance since he is quite comfortable. Ekin did not show up much, but don't like the way and the tone of his voice, very strange... Pay attendion on Chan Chi Chung and Lau Hao Lung~
August 17, 2010
Although they hardly make triad movies like they used to in Hong Kong anymore, Felix Chong still chooses the old format for his witty, satirical look on local life, and perhaps more specifically the close ties of the family unit. Many of the gags presented here require at least some knowledge of the political and economic climate of the region, and, keeping the Chinese censors' firm grip on the filmaking industry in mind, a few of them even seem a bit edgy, but most are just easily recognized film parodies, which of course is exactly what you bargain for when Jordan Chan and Ekin Cheng get together in a gangland comedy. After a weak start and an irritatingly delayed appearance of Chan Ho-Nam-double Swallow, the movie gains momentum and proves utterly entertaining as it presents a kind of bizarro-triad universe, where everything we know about the jiang hu seem to go down the drain.
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