Reviews

  • May 13, 2014

    "Organized Crime & Triad Bureau," the second installment of director Kirk Wong's trilogy of crime films inspired by actual events, is as underwritten as a chop sockey but then again true crime is almost never as complicated as an episode of "Law and Order: Whatever." Danny Lee and Anthony Wong both appear in roles that they could deliver in their sleep in the same way John Wayne and Clint Eastwood made themselves stars not as great actors but as great characters. James Ha directs the cost efficient ultra-violent gun battles beautifully choreographed on the overcrowded streets of Hong Kong as detectives unrelentingly pursue a gang of criminals (when they're not bickering with their superiors) in this underrated cops-n-robbers flick.

    "Organized Crime & Triad Bureau," the second installment of director Kirk Wong's trilogy of crime films inspired by actual events, is as underwritten as a chop sockey but then again true crime is almost never as complicated as an episode of "Law and Order: Whatever." Danny Lee and Anthony Wong both appear in roles that they could deliver in their sleep in the same way John Wayne and Clint Eastwood made themselves stars not as great actors but as great characters. James Ha directs the cost efficient ultra-violent gun battles beautifully choreographed on the overcrowded streets of Hong Kong as detectives unrelentingly pursue a gang of criminals (when they're not bickering with their superiors) in this underrated cops-n-robbers flick.

  • May 13, 2014

    disappointed. anthony wong was good, but the rest of the film was disjointed and mediocre at best. never got into any good rhythm.

    disappointed. anthony wong was good, but the rest of the film was disjointed and mediocre at best. never got into any good rhythm.

  • May 13, 2014

    Only so-so. All the characters seemed to be on fast forward and or hopped up on speed. To make matters worse all that's available on DVD right now is in FS and in desperate need of restoration and or remastering. Disappointed.

    Only so-so. All the characters seemed to be on fast forward and or hopped up on speed. To make matters worse all that's available on DVD right now is in FS and in desperate need of restoration and or remastering. Disappointed.

  • May 13, 2014

    With no Jackie Chan in the cast and lacking the populistic action of Crime Story, Organized Crime & Triad Bureau had a more modest effect on the box office than it's predecessor, but director Kirk Wong's decision to sacrifice commercial appeal for gritty true crime realism was at least artistically a clever one. Wong's film is character driven rather than action based and challenges the viewer's preconception of the traditional triad/cop relationship, creating an ethical grey area within the movie's framework in which triad head Anthony Wong and dedicated cop Danny Lee seem almost interchangeable, making the audience equally touched by Wong's humanism and appalled by the policemen's brutal interrogation techniques.

    With no Jackie Chan in the cast and lacking the populistic action of Crime Story, Organized Crime & Triad Bureau had a more modest effect on the box office than it's predecessor, but director Kirk Wong's decision to sacrifice commercial appeal for gritty true crime realism was at least artistically a clever one. Wong's film is character driven rather than action based and challenges the viewer's preconception of the traditional triad/cop relationship, creating an ethical grey area within the movie's framework in which triad head Anthony Wong and dedicated cop Danny Lee seem almost interchangeable, making the audience equally touched by Wong's humanism and appalled by the policemen's brutal interrogation techniques.