One Night in Mongkok- -
Hong Kong nihilism. December 22, a street quarrel leads to the death of a gang leader's son. Next day, he seeks revenge on his brother, a rival boss. He calls on Liu, a fixer, to import a hit man from the mainland. Lai Fu, a tough and youthful hick, arrives with a day pass. The cops, led by the morose Milo, hear about the killer; they open a full-scale Christmas Eve operation to find the warring brothers and Lai Fu. Lai Fu rescues a hooker, Dan Dan, from a sadist and asks her to help him find his way around Mongkok. By nightfall, Liu has double crossed Lai Fu, the brothers are hiding, the cops are everywhere, and Lai Fu and Dan Dan are on the run. Peace on earth, good will to all?
Director Derek Yee shifted gear into gripping thriller territory with One Nite in Mongkok, a gangland tale set in motion when a triad war escalates in Hong Kong’s most crowded and colourful district.
An assassin from the mainland is hired by a gang boss to kill a rival leader but plans start to go awry when the killer, Lai Fu (Daniel Wu), crosses paths with Chinese prostitute Dan Dan (Cecilia Cheung) and protects her from a rough customer. As they go into hiding from Dan Dan’s assailant, Lai Fu finds out a police team led by Officer Milo (Alex Fong) is on his trail with assistance from the underworld figure who brought him to Hong Kong in the first place.
As the Christmas Eve-set events unfold, Mongkok district’s signature crowds gradually thin out to leave behind a landscape of empty streets and alleyways, seedy clubs and hourly hotels – an often bleak stage for one of 2004’s most accomplished movies. One Nite in Mongkok tracks its plot from street scuffle origins and steers the drama past a series of dead ends and chance encounters into a breathtaking conclusion. The script affords its protagonists ample room to develop, with the killer in Hong Kong for more than just the paid job, the prostitute shown in a sympathetic light, and a new recruit thrown in with more cool-headed and wise cops. Daniel Wu and Cecilia Cheung successfully tackle difficult material playing the mainland visitors while Alex Fong contributes another strong performance as the lead cop. Supports are distinctive too, not least Lam Suet as the slimy middleman who shares a hometown with the killer. One Nite in Mongkok won the Best Director and Best Screenplay trophies at the 24th Hong Kong Film Awards in March 2005.
Thanks to Far East Film Festival