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義膽雄心 (1990)
Gangland Odyssey

Reviewed by: Frank Lakatos
Date: 02/10/2006
Summary: An entertaining Chan Wai Man triad movie..

A triad fighter retruns to Hong Kong after 20 years, after running away from a triad hit. He finds that the Japanese he so respected, that had accepted him into the Yakuza, and are, without his say, prospering off the Hong Kong traids and city, indirectly, his wife and child, and he isn't ready to let the Yakuza's reign last any longer. This Chan Wei man's debut as a director, and he tries to do so much in order to make a powerful and authentic traid movie. The casting is powerful here, real Yakuza's were hired because of their haircuts, everyone from Shing Fui On, to Alan Tang, to Alex Man, Roger Ball, a classy gwei lo, and even to native Japanese and best friend to Chan, Luk Chuen, are hired to make things happen! The problem is that the budget, the vague an dformulatic script, and the short amount of time which was used to shoot the movie get into the way of Chan's success. But, it is Luk Chuen's great acting and authentic awesome Cantonese with a Japanese accent voiceover, and Chan Wai Man's presence that keep this movie going. Andy Lau, who destroys every triad movie he's in with his out of place weak presence almost destroys this movie singlehandedly again, but the gwei lo actor in Lau's scenes, Roger Ball, effectively save sthe scenes with his serious presence and acting. Alex Man is out of place throught the story, but does a few effective scenes with Roger Ball. The fight between two blade masters, Chan Wai Man and Luk Chuen, builds up into a well choerographed battle. At the end, this turn sinto a nice little triad chopper movie. With Chan Wia Man as the hero, and Luk Chuen as the villain, and a script with some effective scenes, it's an entertaining triad movie. Not worth a prime time watch. Watch this movie if you have nothing else to watch. Sun Gwok Ming, who starred in many low budget Shaolin movies in the mid 80's, and the action packed Champion Operation(1986), has a small cameo in the beginning of the movie. 3/5

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/21/1999

A retired cop is summoned by his ex-boss to save his kidnapped sonfrom the hands of a deadly Japanese triad. Action violence and a little romance makes GANGLAND ODYSSEY a promising treat!

[Reviewed by Tai Seng Catalog]