Goo waak jai 2: Ji maang lung gwoh gong (Young and Dangerous 2) (1996)
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In the series' most lucrative installment (rushed into production after its predecessor proved the surprise hit of '96) "Young and Dangerous 2" picks up where the first film left off before shifting narratives and backtracking with Chicken (Jordan Chan, sporting his natural hair color for a change) to Taiwan one year earlier during his exile from Hung Hing. The Hongkie rascal attempts to broker ties with the head of a local triad (veteran actor Kelly Lai Chen) who is trying in turn to broker his own political aspirations with Taiwanese Parliament. Chingmy Yau is the would-be politician's lover who turns her dreamy-eyed gaze towards Chicken and into the soon-to-be great wide open. Back home the series introduces audiences to the infamous Dai "Nose Picker" Fai (Anthony Wong Chau-sang, laying on the sleaze with both index fingers), a Hung Hing member with allegiance to the Taiwanese triad and an eye on Ho-nam's (eternal pretty boy Ekin Cheng) territory. While a noticeable tonal shift has taken place in "Young and Dangerous 2," following the previous film's bloody climax the actors have tightened but nonetheless remain somewhat loose in this further adaptation of the Teddy Boy comic with a script by Manfred Wong that suffers from attention-deficit disorder compounded by Andrew Lau's meandering hand-held camera. Still, the gaudy wardrobes, titillating violence, homoeroticism, and pretension romanticize the criminal life in a way that almost passes for entertainment.