A True Mob Story- -
A low level gangster in Hong Kong gains new respect after saving a boss's life in a gang fight. Despite his wife's death in this attack, he appears to be moving up in the Triad family until he discovers the other bosses are not looking out for him when he is double crossed and the gangster he previously hospitalized in the gang fight comes back for revenge.
Hong Kong pop star Andy Lau is surprisingly likable in this 1998 crime melodrama, playing a cagey, intense, but ultimately pathetic mobster torn between his young son and a life of crime.
Director Wong Jing, known for his silly, crowd-pleasing comedies, handles the action with brisk efficiency and invests a tired genre with dazzling, realistic visuals, but the film careens from the maudlin to the cynical to the downright vicious, serving up an endless series of outlandishly violent fights and grisly torture sequences.
Thanks to Far East Film Festival