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省港旗兵續集兵分兩路 (1987)
Long Arm of the Law II

Reviewed by: mrblue
Date: 04/14/2010

The followup to one of the more influential entries in the "heroic bloodshed" genre, Long Arm of the Law II is really a sequel in name only. The stark grittiness of the original release is substituted here for comedy and ultra-violence, resulting in an end product that isn't as compelling as its' predecessor, though it's still worth checking out, especially if you are into Hong Kong-style cops and robbers shenanigans.

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: Chungking_Cash
Date: 09/04/2008

What should have remained a singular experience in seminal Hong Kong action cinema morphs into a saga starting with this entry which is scarcely linked to its critically lauded three-year-old predecessor. Phillip Chan's script is at the very least cut from the same cloth as the one he wrote for the 1984 original though the touches of humor have noticeably become sillier and the violence needlessly grimmer. Michael Mak replaces Johnny Mak (who's listed as a producer) and takes the former director's gritty low budget labor of love and bangs out a cliché happy genre pleaser.

Reviewer Score: 6

Reviewed by: Sydneyguy
Date: 07/24/2006
Summary: GOOD

For myself, just as good as the sequel with a few twists and turns to keep this movie interesting. I felt though the supposive "2 years" that the criminals had to serve (as cops) flew by too quickly

Tsui Kam Kong shows he can play a serious role, unlike his roles lately which have him basically as a sex machine.

If you liked the original, you wont be disappointed by this movie. This movie as least has not aged as much as the original

Reviewer Score: 8

Reviewed by: Frank Lakatos
Date: 02/11/2006
Summary: In many ways, much more superior and powerful than the original..

The incredibly talented Phillip Chan takes a unique and effective approach to the triad script, hiring the underrated Tsui kam Kong to play Mandarin cops who have fled to HK, and are coerced to snitch on the triads for freedom, but nobody ever survives such a suicidal mission. Honor an dold bonds between Tsui's team and the triads complicate situations, while the lush distractions of the Hong Kong city life intoxicates the focus of the rest of the team leading to a disaster. The brotherhood between veteran immigrant snitch Alex Man and Tusi Kam Kong is memorable and chilling. The scene where the triad leader uses the Man's cigarette lighter, after the devastated Tsui finds out that Man was found dead, is incredibly emotionally intense and chilling. In many ways, much more superior and powerful than the original. A movie full of heart, honor, frsutration, and justice. This is probably the most emotional movie ever made, with Wang Lung Wei's incredible Hong Kong Godfather(1985) aka Heroes of East Tsimshatsui coming in #1. See this movie. Tsui Kam Kong is Hong Kong's best actor, and he proves himself with this movie. There isn't an actor yet that matches his intensity and humanity. This is Tsui Kam Kong's movie. 5/5

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

This sequel to the critically-acclaimed box-office winnerLong Arm of the Law maintains the same stark realism of the original. In Saga Two, the Royal Hong Kong Police put into operation a new plan to counteract the problem of increasing violent crimes committed by new arrivals from across the border in China. In agreement with Chinese authorities, three Hong Kong detectives go undercover as illegal immigrants in order to infiltrate the powerful gang that is organizing the crime wave. The action is tough and graphic, reminiscent of The French Connection, Hong Kong style.

[Reviewed by Rim Films Catalog]