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January 27, 2013
Too much romance and drama, not enough crime or action. There are some good shoot outs, and a sweet scene where Lau has his hand attached to a table, but overall it's pretty boring.
+ Well directed, Great New Years Party
- Quite slow, poor film clarity.
½ March 7, 2011
5/10: Strong castings in this remake of Chow Yuen Fatt's period gangster TV Series set in Shanghai. It's a dark film with a film noir feel, gritty and, at times, graphically violent. Some of the scenes are dated though. Pretty good entertainment nonetheless.
July 25, 2009
A remake of popular TV drama called "Shanghai Tan" ("Shanghai Beach" in English, 1983) which featured Hong Kong icon Yun-Fat Chow. This one features two big names - Leslie Cheung and Andy Lau. Both are good casting, and each of them fits well to his role. Leslie, especially, is super cool in retro-fashion with mustache. Jing Ning, who plays heroin, is a famous mainland beauty, and she shows her charm fully here with some sexy shots. Pre-world war II Shanghai (late 30s) has something to make people want to tell stories setting there - it is not only for Chinese creators but also so many western filmmakers. The producer Hark Tsui again makes a film setting in Shanghai of this period of history following his own Shanghai Blues (1984). Acting is pretty good, and the films has some amazing shots and set decolations, although screenplay and storytelling are not quite good. It skips the most important part of the film, which is how Leslie character and Andy character deepen their friendship and relationship to Jing Ning character. Gunfights and spreading blood are more concerned than human drama here, and it is the weakness of Hong Kong films. Villains are too simple (childishly evil) and not attractive enough either to highten the mood of climax in the end. The original story is full of attractive elements for a story, like revenge, friendship, love triangle, and Chinese mafia, so this could have been, gotta be better.
Super Reviewer
September 19, 2008
Good performances from Cheung and Lau highlight the story of two gangland partners with very different motivations.
July 28, 2008
The late Leslie Cheung and Andy Lau finally combine for one good movie. Both gave great performance.
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