Law Don (1979)
Reviewed by: STSH on 2002-11-20
Summary: More of the same
Alan's done this sort of role quite a few times.There's nothing much new here. Quite a lot of the material is lifted from or inspired by Puzo's The Godfather or dozens of other HK gangster films.

The directors throw in quite a few things to entertain. This includes a fairly impressive support cast, including a modest beginning for an incredibly young Simon Yam. Eddy Ko does his usual great work as the creepy head of a rival gang, and veteran fu star Chu Tit Wo oozes fierce loyalty as Tak. Also, there's plenty of the usual sensationalist crime-soap cliches, including a brief scene with some full frontal nudity, where one of the brothers is filmed for blackmail while having bondage sex with an underage girl. Plenty of scenes where gangster bosses (including Alan) toy with misbehaving underlings before slapping them around, sometimes leading to death. Several gambling scenes in casinos with trickery.

The one unusual feature is a long sequence about a horse race. HK is a society obsessed with gambling, and the way they follow the horses verges on the fanatical. Yet there are only a HK few films which contain such a long scene about horse racing as this one. This is a scene where the race may or may not be fixed, and the result will shame either one gang or the other. One of the best scenes in this film.

This film is not too bad, but certainly no classic.
Reviewer Score: 4