Not as good as A True Mob Story...
david | representing for the champions, LAKERS! | 10/03/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Triad action drama from Wong Jing(uhh...i despise him sometimes) features Andy Lau as Fei-Lung, an aging legendary triad boss who's been straight for years. accompanying him is his right-hand man, Sing (Louis Koo), who's really an undercover cop assigned to watch Fei-Lung. Sing develops a respect for Fei-Lung and doubts his current involvement in anything shady. However, everything is brought to a head when Hung Hing head Pao (Anthony Wong) is injured, leaving a void in the group's top spot. The men all went Fei-Lung to lead them, but he doesn't want back in.Man (Patrick Tam), Pao's son, who decides he wants Hung Hing to be his and proceeds to double-cross everyone to achieve his goals. Simultaneously, Sing is hounded by an retaded evil new superior members who proceeds to act like a complete idiot and threaten his own men at every turn. When certain terrible events take place, Fei-Lung must decide whether to go the triad route and wreak revenge on Man, and Sing must decide whether he can take down his own boss. Very typical triad movie...i am a huge fan of the genre but was not satisfied. One good thing of the movie is probably Louis Koo,who should forevermore be known as HK's new triad leading man. His intensity and charisma serve him well in this role and he manages to overshadow Andy Lau, who turns in a relatively unremarkable performance (his performances have been very good recently). And Wong Jing's way of making movies are just bad...sometimes acceptable and fun but you know, one can get tired of it...so if you are fan of the genre..check it out...if not...go watch The Duel or Purple Storm"