Director: Taylor Wong Tai-Loi
Producer: Karl Maka
Writer: Nam Yin
Cast: Chow Yun-Fat, Roy Cheung Yiu-Yeung, Shing Fui-On, Michael Chan Wai-Man, Kenneth Tsang Kong, Shin Wei-Fong, Wong Chi-Yeung
The greatest tension in this triad drama is whether or not you can stay awake. Not much action or even drama occurs in this triad snoozer. Chow Yun-Fat spends most of the film looking at or listening to others, and that he was able to stay awake himself is something of a miracle.
Chow Yun-Fat inherits the triad life in this tepid gang drama and poor excuse for a Chow Yun-Fat film. When his dad (a big triad kingpin) dies, Chow is drafted to lead the gang, which consists of such triad film luminaries as Roy Cheung and Shing Fui-On. Despite his new triad life, Chow is unsure of the criminal element and decides to wait and see how he'll handle the gang. Meanwhile, rivalries and slow-motion montage sequences abound as the various gang members vie for dominance.
Those dialing this film up for a dose of Chow Yun-Fat's progidous charisma will be disappointed. He's a family man-type here who spends most of the film on the sidelines until it's absolutely necessary that he spring into action. And when he does...he gets behind the wheel of a car! Yep, no two or even one gun action appears in this flick, which uses Roy Cheung instead as a fiery gangster. There are one or two moments in the film where somebody gets hit by a moving car in a realistic fashion. Audiences may wince at those moments, but you actually have to be awake to experience that fine stuntwork. Other than that, this movie is a total snoozer. It would have been great if Chow had done something to enliven things, but he remains largely passive for the duration of the film. The film was nominated for Best Song at the Hong Kong Film Awards. Let us all clap politely.