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Ti Lung's character is delicately crafted, expertly acted out, without being over the top, which creates an unnerving tension in this tight focus story. Ending was abrupt, much like this.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
(1987) People's Hero
(In Chinese with English subtitles)
(May contain spoils) There's alot of Hong Kong veteran actors starring in this film which doesn't exactly add up to very much. the story goes that actor Tony Leung Chi Wai plays small time hoodlum and his long time friend has some huge debts to pay to some triads(general name for Chinese gangs) with attempts to rob a loaning bank but just when he decides to give himself up, one of Hong Kong's most wanted veteran Hong Kong actor Ti Lung puts a stop to it by taking over the bank himself and then detaining the two rookie robbers to a locked gate where the money is being kept, he then builds a rapport with it's so-called hostages by acting like a considerate, caring mongel demanding to see his girlfriend who she doesn't even care about him and then goes to suicide-by-cop mode. All I can say is that I hate movies which portray the protagonist as a not so bad person only to kill him off at the end.
1 out of 4
inspired films such as john q but less social commentary, more on what you would do when pinned against a wall and a hard place. there are only grey characters, as the constant theme draws out terrific performances by all!
A quality crime thriller with great depth. It goes well beyond your typical gun-ho shoot-em-all hk flick but instead goes on to explore the inner emotional struggles and psychological states of the main characters, at the same time reflecting some of the social issues at the time.
As commented by another user, it starts as a bank robbery movie, and turns out to be a slow-paced story on the interaction among the characters ... and very few action sequences. Just bear in mind that it is a drama, not an action movie. Judged as a 80s Hong Kong movie, it is a good one.
Just one complaint: My VCD of this movie has only Tony Leung on the case cover, and Ti Lung on the back cover. But actually, Ti Lung, not Tony Leung, is the main character.
a hong kong film critics guessed it was inspired by "dog day afternoon", but i don't think so. it's much more witty, juicy, well-written, emotionally sensitive, and well-organized. most imprtantly, the theme and message are totally different fm the one starring al pacino. all actors involved were utilized by directors.
despite his great talent(no offense, but sorry, i think he's much better than such so-called internationally-acclaimed local directors as john woo, ronny yu, etc.), director yi's sensitivity and care about the minority groups, the issue which haven't been widely discussed (hv we, now?), outstanding all others. it's not the cheap sympathy, but care through the understanding of their feelings and situations. it's best illustrated by the injured pakistani guard.
frankly, leung chiu wai was still too young, and hasn't yet enlightened.
The usual quality we can expect from a Derek Yee effort. Great cast.
A classic for HK heist films.
Terrific!! I'd had the old vhs tape of this for a while, but this film was long overdue for a dvd release and it finally got one from Mei Ah! that gave me the chance to enjoy this film even more, it it really is a great film! it's an early effort by Derek Yee, and like a lot of work from him, as well as Ringo Lam, etc. it's characters are painted in shades of grey. Ti Lung is excellent in the lead, but a young Tony Leung Chiu-Wai is equally good in a strong supporting role. starting off with a bank robbery gone wrong, the film doesn't waste any time and the tension is extremely high throughout. the new dvd out is great, and will hopefully give this film the chance to be seen that it deserves. highly recommended!!
This movie is set up like a typical bank robbery film with all the styles of a late 80s Hong Kong gangster flick. As the plot unfolds, we see how the characters fully develop as they try to escape the police. Definitely worth watching.