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龍之家族 (1988)
The Dragon Family

Reviewed by: mrblue
Date: 11/16/2006

In the late 1980's, Triad action/dramas were being cranked out by the boatload by Hong Kong film-makers, so there were quite a few that fell through the cracks, even ones that featured big stars. The Dragon Family, despite starring Andy Lau, is a fairly unknown movie -- probably because it really adds nothing new to the genre. The standard plot has Andy and Max Mok as the "good" kids of a Triad family who go out for revenge (along with their buddy Alan Tam) after their relatives are massacred.

Yep, that's about it. There's no big plot twists or double-crosses. There's no flashy editing or cinematography. The acting is a bit flat to say the least. As a matter of fact, for about the first half, The Dragon Family is pretty damn boring. However, during the aforementioned massacre, the movie's action and violence quotient is ramped up considerably, culminating in a satisfying finale that show's off some of Gordon Liu's best work as an action director. If you're a fan of old-school Triad movies and have some paitience, The Dragon Family is a film worth checking out.

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Reviewer Score: 6

Reviewed by: Frank Lakatos
Date: 10/11/2006
Summary: The content of the movie outweighs the miscasting.

You have a bunch of soft faced pop singers playing tough triad gangsters, including the ridiculously miscasted Alan Tam, who looks like he's off a major hang over, is strangely fascinating to see as A "tough guy" and the "toughest" and "coolest" of the group. Then, you have Liu Chi Liang choreographing some hard edged 80's action sequences using guns, swords, fists and kicks, and Tsui Siu Keung is the villain, and the script is well written, and the movie is well shot, edited, and paced. The content of the movie outweighs the miscasting. It's very entertaining. How could you go wrong? Fatty Kent Cheng has a short role and does some mean fighting in this one and Tsui Siu Keung steals the show. The Universe VCD claims to have subs, but they actually don't. Liu Chia Liang can't cast and can't choose decent music scores, but he makes up all of that with the action. Worth watching. 4/5

Reviewed by: dandan
Date: 05/28/2006
Summary: nothing special...

well, it's directed by lau kar wing, stars andy lau, ken tong, alan tam, norman chu, max mok, kara hui and kent cheng amongst others, but the film never really inspires and serves only as a reasonably distracting 90 minutes.

the boss of four major triad families is going straight, but one of the other bosses is getting involved in smuggling heroin and a war breaks out between the families. there's a pretty good funeral massacre, but that's probably the highlight of the film.

watchable, but never much more...

Reviewed by: STSH
Date: 12/28/1999
Summary: Muddled Godfather copy

Rivalry between the Four Families splits into two factions, who violently slug it out for no apparent reason.
Ridiculously violent and totally lacking in focus. There are no apparent central characters, and I therefore found it impossibly to empathize with anyone.
Below average.

Reviewer Score: 2

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/21/1999

A power struggle within the triad leads to the bloody triadrevenge with guns ablaze!

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