[1999 was a good year.] After finishing at the HK police academy Officer Wong Chi Sing [Louis Koo] is sent undercover to infiltrate the notorious Hung Hing Society. Big Brother Fai [Andy Lau] is the de facto leader of Hung Hing but he has been trying to go straight with legitimate business ventures and charity work. During an attack on a rival triads turf, the police wound the Hung Hing leader in everyday affairs, Fais life long buddy, Brother Pao [Anthony Wong]. Although he has been straight for more than 5 years, this shooting, as well as challenges from hostile underlings, draws Fai back to the dark side.
Reviewer Score: 9
The script by Wong Jing is full of nasty triad challenges and revenges. Clarence Foks unique directorial style is perfect in realizing the nuances of the taut script. Andy Lau is once again brilliant, as he must walk the line between the cops who think hes a crook and the triad bosses who think hes gone soft. Louis Koo gives a decent performance as the cop who is suspected by his superior of having gone bad and has to struggle between doing his job and the brotherly bond he has developed with his assignment Fai. Suki Kwan, called Shooky in the credits, gives her best performance yet as Fai's wife, a former club girl with a heart of gold who can kick major ass as well.
In 1999, the Hong Kong film industry gave us a lot of triad movies, which has been a popular genre with local cinemagoers. Century of the Dragon is one of the best of the bunch. The film is well produced and the cinematography is, at times, brilliant, which is typical of a Clarence Fok film.
© 2000 J. Crawford