HtE (1989)
City Kids 1989


Reviewed by: S.A. Winters
Date: 11/15/2002
Summary: Like so many coulda, shoulda, been better

I'll spare you another synopsis and just give you my 2 cents worth on the film. Although I like the whole "bonding brothers" genre, this one just didn't click with me. This may sound trite, but Max and Andy looked so hideious in the first half hour in all their 80's glory I could barely stand to watch.
Also, even though Max's relationship to May did figure into the climax of the film, the subplot really bogged down the whole thing. Making it feel a hell of alot longer than the 87 min. running time. (the dvd box says 97 min.)
The last half hour is average action fare and I was more emotionally moved by a family reunion subplot than I was by the outcome of the Max and Andy story.
Should you see it? Of course! If you can rent it by all means. If you can get it on Ebay for 4 bucks, go for it.


Reviewed by: mpongpun
Date: 05/08/2002

Wang Sam (Max Mok) and Sas (Andy Lau) are childhood buddies who chase girls together, go to prison together, and find trouble together. Actually, the boys are good folks, but make bad judgment decisions. I think the flick tried to show that the reason the two kids made bad decisions was due to a lack of a father. Both Wang Sam and Sas lost their fathers at a young age. However, Wang Sam's father (Wang Chung), thought to have been dead, is an actual police detective who busts him on many occasions! This film has some serious male bonding scenes going on between Max and Andy, especially towards the end. Nevertheless, I found this flick enjoyable even though this was the nth time that Max and Andy have played close friends in the same flick(Dragon Family, Fortune Code, Last Eunuch in China ).


Reviewed by: Sydneyguy
Date: 03/07/2002
Summary: Average!!

i don't remember much about this movie, but all i remember that it was a average film.

5.5/10


Reviewed by: Inner Strength
Date: 03/05/2002
Summary: Good

City Kids is a film about young people getting into trouble living in violent situations. If anything, it's an early version of Young & Dangerous, but much better.

Andy Lau plays 'Sas' who after his father is murdered soon gets involved with triads and crime in general. Max Mok as the result of his father is a refugee from China. 'Third' (Max Mok) believes his father was killed whilst escaping, but he survived and is in search of his son. The two young men meet each other and become friends. Sas shows Third the way to survive is through doing crime, and they both soon become dangerous.

When the two are arrested one day, they discover that the policeman who has got them is no other than the father who was thought to be dead.
It's too obvious what happens as the film actually reaches it's half way point, but it is still reasonably satisfying overall. It's more drama than anything, but a good film. You may recognise the basic plot from an early movie Bruce Lee was in called 'The Orphan', and really I suppose is simply a more modern copy. It's worth noting also that this shares the same Chinese title as that film.

Rating: [3.5/5]


Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/21/1999

A provocative look at misunderstood youth and juvenile delinquencyon the urban streets of Hong Kong.

[Reviewed by Tai Seng Catalog]