Shamo (2007)





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A Hong Kong adaptation of a Japanese manga, director Soi Cheang's follow-up to the dark 2006 thriller Dog Bit Dog stars Hong Kong teen idol Shawn Yue as a young sociopath sent to prison for the brutal murder of his parents, and determined to seek salvation by becoming a professional fighter. Upon being incarcerated for his unspeakable crime, Ryo is targeted for extreme abuse and humiliation by the more established inmates in the penitentiary. Under the approving eye of a warden who would sooner see Ryo dead than reformed, the timid teenager is humiliated, raped, beaten, and left for dead. But while no one expected that Ryo could possibly endure such abuse and live to see another day, it isn't long before he's back on his feet and mastering the martial arts under the tutelage of the prison karate instructor (Francis Ng). Ryo is determined to ensure that he will never be victimized again, and by the time he's released from prison he is a formidable fighter. Once paroled, Ryo sets out in search of his missing sister, whom he believes to be working as a prostitute on the streets of Hong Kong. But while Ryo's sister is nowhere to be found, his search leads him to a girl with the same name who just happens to know the main promoter of a prominent fighting league. Before long Ryo is in the ring and living his dream, but will he ever find out what became of his long lost sister? ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Shawn Yue
as Ryo Narushima
Francis Ng
as Kenji Kurokawa
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Not a bad action film adapted by the popular manga with Shawn Yue and Francis Ng. There were some cool fight and slow-motion scenes as well as the artistic element in this film worked well for me. There were a lot of random violence, but the movie was about the pain the protagonist had to suffer through, and I thought it was a fine movie.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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Extremely disappointing. Some decent fighting but really I was done with this film, its predictable story, it's retarded and unrelatable characters within the first twenty minutes. Find a Donnie Yen film and watch that instead.

Josiah Guile
Josiah Guile

A ridiculous and dark plot with a main character who you can never quite like. That about sums up the karate redemption film, Shamo. Shawn Yue gives a fine performance though as the main character Ryo, who is sent to prison after murdering his parents as a boy. While there he learns karate conveniently enough from Mr. Miyagi... I mean Francis Ng. This was based off a manga so their wasn't much freedom, but you just never really like Ryo and all his viciousness. Compressed for content I'm sure the original 10 volume series plays out some of the relationships such as those with his girlfriend Natsumi or mentor better. Overall the movie does have some decent fighting if not for the awkward dialog and dark themes. A guilty pleasure, the ending does indeed rock!

Zachary Long
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