Goo waak jai 2: Ji maang lung gwoh gong (Young and Dangerous 2) (1996)





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Following up the surprise hit Young and Dangerous only a couple months after the original's release, this sequel -- again directed by Andrew Lau Wai-keung -- centers around Jordan Chan Siu-chan's Chicken Chiu. At the end of the last film, Chicken left for Taiwan after he was lead to believe that his buddy, Chan Ho-nam (Dior Cheng Yee-kin), betrayed him. While Ho-nam and the Hung Hing gang open a bar on Causeway Bay in Hong Kong, Chicken joins the San Luen gang while trying to seduce his boss' girlfriend, Ting Siu-yiu (Chingmy Yau Suk-ching). In gratitude for killing a rival crime boss, Chicken is made boss of the Poisonous Snake Hall. Meanwhile in Hong Kong, Ho-nam is vying for leadership of Hung Hing with a bumptious oaf named Tai Fai (Anthony Wong Chau-sang). Later, the San Luen gang tries to enlist Hung Hing's support in a Macau casino. When the latter declines, violence ensues. Soon Chicken must decide which side he's on. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi
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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.

Adam Laidig
Adam Laidig

Great sequel.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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