First Shot (1993)
Reviewed by: Gaijin84 on 2007-06-05
Summary: Nice cast but too similar to The Untouchables
The events that led up to the formation of the ICAC in the late 70s form the story of David Lam's First Shot. Ti Lung plays Wong Yat Chung, a by-the-book cop who is gunned down while trying to crack down on high-level corruption. After he recovers, he decides to form a team of moralistic colleagues who are not susceptible to the rampant corruption that is taking place in the police force. With the help of British officials, he and his team (Maggie Cheung, Simon Yam, Lau Sek-Ming and Andy Hui) go after Lok Tai Chiu (Waise Lee), the head of the largest Triad group and the "faucet" for the corruption money that flows throughout Hong Kong.

Although First Shot has some good action and virtually an all-star cast, it's just too similar to Brian De Palma's The Untouchables for my taste. Yes, there are a number of variations and differences, but the characters and the plot are immediately recognizable and because of that, you can predict what is going to happen as the film progresses. If I were to recommend the movie to others, it would be based on the good acting from the leads and the historical aspect (however loosely based) of corruption and the war against it in Hong Kong.

Reviewer Score: 6