Sucker Free City (2004)
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as Lincoln Ma
as Angela Tsing
as Peter Woo
as Jessica Epstein
as Mama June
as Stephen Cashen
as Don Strickland
as Mr. Tsing
as Edwin Leong
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I didn't realize until after the fact that this was supposed to be a pilot to a passed-on Showtime series, which makes a long of sense, because as is, the story's incomplete. Still, there's a lot to like here, even if it can't break away from The Wire's brilliance and scale. Clearly, out of the three protagonists, Ken Leung gets the short shift, though he's probably the most interesting character. Curious to see where a series could've gone. A different note in the Spike Lee oeuvre, recognizable only by Lee's penchant for being overdramatic.
Funny how shit works out: Spike Lee directed this pilot for a possible Showtime series- for TV, written by someone else- and it was by miles ahead better than the other shit he put out that same year, which he wrote and was garbage. This is cool crime drama, shot with a masterful level of professionalism and moments of real 'Spike' action (plus the one funny part of Bamboozled is featured prominently: DaBOMB malt liquor), with the only drawback being the given open ending. Needs to be seen by more people who don't know that Lee can direct something mainstream outside of NYC.
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