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This is hopefully the first Young & Dangerous article to those who haven't the slightest clue about this amazing series of table tossing triads and reoccurring nemeses. Yes everything from triad lackey Chan Ho-Nam to the legendary nose picker - Tai Fai is explained here. Quoted as “A Better Tomorrow for the nineties” Young and Dangerous was originally based on popular Manga comics entitled “Teddy Boy” written by Kau Man. The comics are about a group of young students joining the Hung Hing triad society and their perilous and exhilarating stories of lust, betrayal and gang warfare from Hong Kong’s criminal world. With Stormriders director Andrew Lau at the helm he released "Young & Dangerous" in January 1996. The leading role of Chan Ho-Nam was played by the long haired fresh faced actor Ekin Cheng Yee-Kin (Twins Effect, Legend of Zu). Playing across from Ekin is Jordan Chan (Initial D, Throwdown) as the sexaholic Chicken (Chicken also being a Cantonese slang term for prostitute). The three other members of the group are Yee (Stormriders actor Michael Tse), Chou-Pan (The Blade actor Jason Chu) and his younger bother - Pou-Pan (Legend of Speed actor Jerry Lam). The Story is of our five young students becoming triads of the Hung Hing society after having a nasty tiff with fearful triad "Ugly Kwan" (Francis Ng). The story picks up 10 years later (1996) with Chan Ho-Nam still holding an iron grudge against Kwan. Leading characters Chan Ho-Nam and Chicken find their friendship ruined when Ho-Nam is drugged and ends up sleeping with Chickens girlfriend. Chicken leaves Hong Kong for good. In Young and Dangerous part II film explains you what happened to Chicken when he left Hong Kong and traveled to Taiwan. He is reuniting with his cousin Darky (played by the late great Blacky Ko). In Taiwan he makes some friends and creates some new enemies. The original gang is introduced to a new member of their group – Banana Skin. He bares a striking resemblance to Chou-Pan and the nose picking Tai Fai (Played by Anthony Wong).
Young & Dangerous: The Prequel
With the series new an end after the compelling and exciting “Born to Be King”, Andrew Lau took a step back and decided to film a prequel with another young fresh faced cast (actually being the first movie for half of the leading cast) introducing Daniel Wu, Nicholas Tse, Benjamin Yuen, Yu Ka-Ho etc. They reenact the opening sequence of the original Young & Dangerous where Chan Ho-Nam gets treated to a Coke from Ugly Kwan (Francis Ng even returns to play the brief part). After the incident the movie continues and shows are a darker side to the characters of the popular series. A full review of the movie can be found here.
Young and Dangerous leading castEkin Cheng Yee-Kin
Character: 1 - Chan Ho-Nam (on 8 occasions) Appearances: Young and Dangerous 1-5, Born to Be King, Those Were the Days (cameo appearance) & Portland Street Blues (cameo appearance) Top Performance: Young and Dangerous 3 & Born To Be King Jordan Chan Siu-Chun
Character: 1 - 'Chicken' (on 7 occasions) Appearances: Young and Dangerous 1-4, Born To Be King, Those Were the Days & Portland Street Blues (cameo appearance) Top Performance: Young and Dangerous 4 & Born To Be King Jerry Lamb Hui-Fung Character: 1 - Pou-Pan (on 8 occasions) Appearances: Young and Dangerous 1-5, Born To Be King, Those Were the Days & Portland Street Blues Top Performance: Young and Dangerous 5 Michael Tse Tin-Wah Character: 2 - Yee (on 5 occasions) & Michael (on 1 occasion) Appearances: Young and Dangerous 1-4, Born To Be King & Those Were the Days Top Performance: Young and Dangerous 4 Jason Chu Wing-Tong Character: 3 - Chou-Pan (on 1 occasion), Banana Skin (on 4 occasions) & Jason (on 1 occasion) Appearances: Young and Dangerous 1-5, Born To Be King, Those Were the Days & Portland Street Blues Top Performance: Young and Dangerous 5 & Born To Be King Anthony Wong Chau-Sang Character: 1 - Tai Fai (on 7 occasions) Appearances: Young and Dangerous 2-5 & The Legendary Tai Fai Top Performance: Young and Dangerous 2 & 3 Chin Kar-Lok Character: 1 - 'Big Head' (on 2 occasions) Appearances: Young and Dangerous 5 & Born To Be King Top Performance: Young and Dangerous 5
The Branch Leaders / Other Notable cast members
Roy Cheung is probably one of the most memorable characters to the Young & Dangerous series. He makes 3 appearances in 3 movies as 3 Bad Guys! His first appearance was in Young & Dangerous 3 as psychotic Crow. His second appearance was in the edition in the series as the artistic and intellectual – Tiger, who also has a strange fetish for throwing people off buildings. His final appearance was in Born to Be King where he played the son of the aging Japanese crime lord (played by Sonny Chiba), he was driven to betray his father after he chose Chicken over him. Gigi Lai, Michelle Reis & Shu Qi all have one thing in common; their the ladies of Chan Ho-Nam. Gigi Lai appears in the first three movies and appears as a new character in the last movie. Michelle Reis fills “Eye Candy” void in the fourth movie. The delectable Shu Qi appears in the five and sixth movie. Shu Qi also manages to appear in the Young & Dangerous prequel as Chan Ho-Nam’s love interest, although the characters are unrelated. Spencer Lam has left his mark on the Hung Hing boys too. He joined the group as spiritual guide, yes he was a man of god, yes a priest. Not just any old priest, he was ex-triad (nick named “The Lethal Weapon”), kung fu fighter and soccer player! His daughter Shuk-Fan is played by Karen Mok and is soon beloved by Chicken. She mysteriously disappears after the fourth movie, although in “Those Were the Days” he explains that they weren't right for each other and she moved to Japan to learn Japanese (when in Rome, I guess). Sister Thirteen (Sandra Ng) - Branch Leader of Mongkok, she is also the main character in the Portland Street Blues. Ben Hon (Vincent Wan) - Branch Leader of Kwai Chung & Tsing Yi Districts Key (Lee Siu-Kei) - Branch Leader of the Western District. He appears several times throughout the series. Tai Fai (Anthony Wong) - Branch Leader of 'North Point' and the comic relief of the series. Also having an own spin off movie based on his character “The Legendary Tai Fai”. Yiu (Lee Diy-Yue) - Right hand of Mr. Chiang. Prince (Ken Lo) - Only making an appearance in the 4th movie, Prince is quote to be the leader of Tsim Sha Tsui. Fat Lai – Only appearing in the 4th film is Fat Lai is known as the branch leader of 'North Point'. By the end of the movie, his district 'North Point' (notorious for its Blue Movies/Magazines) is handed over to Tai Fai. Brother Bee (Ng Chi-Hung) – A notable character from the first movie, the branch leader of Causeway Bay, who takes Chan Ho-Nam and his mates under his wing. He makes several appearances throughout the series in flashbacks and other characters. Cousin Darky (Blacky Ko) - Darky is the Taiwanese cousin of Chicken. He's mainly seen in Young & Dangerous 2 and Born to Be King. But he does make his appearances throughout the series. Mr. Chiang (I) (Simon Yam) - The leader of the Hung Hing society. Mr. Chiang (II) (Alex Man) – Brother of the original Mr. Chiang, he lives out in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He appears series several times after his appearance in fourth movie.
Young and Dangerous Movies (including Spin Offs)Young & Dangerous (1996) Sexy & Dangerous (1996) Young & Dangerous 2 (1996) Young & Dangerous 3 (1996) Street Angels (1996) Once Upon a Time in a Triad Society (1996) Young & Dangerous 4 (1997) Young & Dangerous 5 (1998) Portland Street Blues (1998) Young & Dangerous: The Prequel (1998) The Legendary Tai Fai (1999) Those Were the Days (2000) Born To Be King (2000) There is a sequel to Once Upon A Time in a Triad Society (same title just '2' added), yet it has nothing in common with the first movie, nor the Young & Dangerous series. People may question where films like Sexy & Dangerous and Street Angels have anything to do with the series, but they are only set in the same locations as the movies or feature Y&D related cast members making cameos or references towards characters etc. There is also one last related movie Sexy & Dangerous movie 'Sexy & Dangerous 2', the only relation is through similar title only.
ConclusionIn conclusion this series of glorified triads and enemies continually reappearing from the dead still manage to be entertaining, I can look back on these films and still enjoy them. Sure over time the movies date and the odd performance is over reacted, but heck that’s probably why I love the series so much, Hopefully we’ve enlightened you today.
Here is the trailer for the new Aaron Kwok crime thriller; Murderer. Sourced from Twitch Film the plot is;
In it Kwok stars as a police detective suffering from memory lapses who - in the course of investigating a murder - realizes that he himself is the prime suspect.
It looks pretty good, spiffy hair cuts too, Mike Banner would be proud!
Personal Highlight; Mother f*cking Chin Kar-Lok!
Limbo dancing? A Golden Coffin? Wu Ma and Anthony Chan fighting like children? Chin Kar-Lok stuffing fish down his pants!? It must be Mr. Vampire Saga 4! Sadly missing Lam Ching-Ying as the memorable Mr. Kau, but he’s replaced by the witty Mr. Yi Yu (Wu Ma) and his little assistant Ching Ching (Rachael Lee). Upon his arrival back to his old home Yi Yu notices a young man stuffing fish down his pants!? Don’t worry this isn't some sick fetish, it seems to be Chia-le (Chin Kar-Lok). Poor Chia-le takes a beaten in the film as he accidentally grabs Ching Ching’s ‘your small, but shapely’ chest. Although he Chia-le throughout shows off some impressive acrobatics along with some good kicks. But, Chia-le isn’t the neighbor that Yi Yu should be worried about. The four eyed toaist priest (Anthony Chan, from the first Mr. Vampire film) who makes a rather amusing introduction sitting on top a conga line of hopping corpses, who are also mean break dancer! When Yi Yu meets the Taoist Priest this becomes a chalk and cheese connection, you know it aunt going to mix. A very funny moment is the use of Voodoo, The Four Eyed Priest plays about with Yi Yu for a little while, although Yi Yu gets the best of him by strapping a little Voodoo Doll (who resembles The Four Eyed Priest, to a T) to a big rocket and lunches it into the wall, funnily even you get to see The Four Eyed Priest fly too. Trust me this film will have you in giggles. After some tom-foolery The Taoist Presets brother (Chung Fat) appears with a rather stunning golden coffin! Holding the body of a royal family member. Along with the two prince’s, ones a child and the others…..rather feminine prince (played by Yuen Wah!?). Taoist Crane (Chung fat) tells his brother that he has the job of burying this coffin which has the body of a royal family member, who has detearated into a mean vampire! Soon after leaving the Taoist Crane set up camp and soon realizes the true power of the vampire. Even the princes guards are helpless and become victims of the Vampire King. The newly created ghouls soon set there eyes on the young prince. Chia-le and Ching-Ching show off some excellent team work against the ghouls. Mr. Vampire Saga 4 is an excellent finale to the series, even though this film miss out on its favorite one eye browed priest, it makes up with the childish antics between Wu Ma and Anthony Chan. The action and stunts are just remarkable, exactly what you would expect from a Mr. Vampire movie.
One of the most well casted films I've seen to date! Sammo Hung plays a petty thief who returned to his home town, Hanshui. Sammo returns with a group of prostitutes including Olivia Cheng, Rosamund Kwan, Emily Chu & Wong Yuk Waan. Sammo comes up with the idea to de-rail a train filled with Multi-Millionaires travelling to Shanghai. His reasons be that his home town seems run down, nothing new, nothing to attract people. So stopping this train will flood the town with many rich people and hoping it picks up the towns business... Yet on the train their is a group of Japanese led by Hwang Jang Lee, Yasuaki Kurata & Yukari Oshima. They are carrying a very valuable map which leads to the location of a very valuable Jade Buddha. Now a group of Bandits led by James Tien along with Corey Yuen Kwai, Dick Wei, Chung Fat, Cynthia Rothrock, Richard Norton and a whole bunch of lackys. Another Storyline is the Police Force, led by Eric Tsang, Lam Ching-Ying, Yuen Wah, Wu Ma, Mang Hoi & Chow Gam Kong. The town off Hanshui is so quiet, there isn't any crimes. Yet the police force were so bored they decided to set fire to the one of the buildings, this is used as a distraction the police force rob the towns bank. Most of the group escape, yet both Wu Ma & Mang Hoi are caught by the Firemen, led by Yuen Biao, Hsiao Ho, Chin Kar-Lok, Peter Chan & Siu Tak Foo. The Police Force plan that their only method of escape is hitching a ride on the Shanghai Express. Now the town without a police force is useless. So the mayor decides to make the Fire Brigade the new Police Force. Biao decides that the first plan of action is to foil Sammos plan on derailing the train and then arrest the fleeing bank robbers. Richard Ng and Lynda Shum join the list A cast as a rich couple boarding the train although Richard Ng has a secret mistress which leads him into some sticky situations. Now the action, you know its Sammo Hung Action, its got to be good don't you think? Well it is. We get to see a great fight between Sammo vs. Yuen Biao, Sammo vs. Cynthia Rothrock and Yuen Biao versing Dick Wei in a very fast paced fight to the end. Yuen Biao also does a excellent stunt, doing a cartwheel off a two story building and landing on the ground and then delivering a line of dialogue. Hsiao Ho also takes quite a jump, Sammo tricks Ho into following him to the roof of a hotel. Sammo confronts Ho and Ho decides to exit by jumping off the building. from the roof to a balcony and from the balcony to the dirt!! The Millionaires Express is a great action comedy which I highly recommend to all.
Plot (Universe): Lam Long (Alex Fong), the inspector of Hong Kong Police Force, was framed and suspended because of his rescue for his girlfriend (Yo Yo Mung), who has been kidnapped by the mob. After leaving the Police Force, Long goes to a small island and runs a seafood restaurant for peace of mind. But the gangsters don't let him go and have been chasing him for ten years. One day, a young man, Henry (Sam Chan), whose father was killed by Long for some reason, comes back from Australia and gets into Long's restaurant in order to find out who the real murderer is... Review: In the year of this movie was made we saw Alex Fong and Chin Kar-Lok teamed up for the second time. Before they were in the gritty thriller 'One Nite in Mongkok' directed by Derek Yee, which showed that both Fong and Chin were great as a team. Even after this movie we've seen them teamed up again in Derek Yee's; Drink, Drank, Drunk. Although with my above comment about Fong and Chin making a great team, i have to say that Chin Kar-Lok really stole the show! His comical situations where he's proposing his love to Fong by asking "Do You Lap Me?" or his attempts to speak english! Guest appearances? We have Lam Suet playing one of Fong's old cop buddies and there is veteran actor Eddie Ko taking the role as the leading bad guy who still has the personal vendetta against Alex Fong's character 'Lam'. We also have a short appearance from Young & Dangerous star; Michael Tse as 'Lam's' old friend, i'll say no more. There was one minor letdown in the movie, towards the end the movie there is a rather 'un-needed' twist to the story. But i wont spoil it for you, hey maybe it's me. Final Thoughts a decent movie which shows off the good side of Chin Kar-Lok and of course Alex Fong.
Plot: Wisley (Chin Kar-Lok), a computer hacker who is dying of a brain tumor. His research has led him to believe that a Geomancy (feng shui) relic is buried in the Indochina mountains will save him, a relic that the diabolical General Nguen (Yuen Wah) happens to have his ancestors buried at... To help you under stand, Feng Siu has much to do with the way things are positioned, where you sit on the bus or where you are buried, all these result in what will happen in the future. Wisely's father (Corey Yuen Kwai) is a expert in Geomancy and had discovered three mountains in Indochina. Each mountain containing the power to change peoples future. One mountain contained 'Power' the power to over rule cities, 'Wealthy' to lead the wealthy life and 'Wisdom' giving you amazing knowledge. Wisleys father was buried under the mountain of Wisdom. Determined to stop Ngyuen at all costs, Wisley puts together a team of fighters to prevent the mad general from obtaining the relic. This team includes a young business women, Miss Wong. Who has earned millions with her father being buried under the mountain which possessed the Wealth Relic. Tsui Siu-Ming places a Professor at the UCLA who has great interests in Geomancy. Review: The film really reminds me of many other flicks, Chin Kar-Loks character really gives off the Indiana Jones / Operation Condor feel about him. The setting and location reminds me of Eastern Condors and Bullet in the Head. Tsui Siu-Ming of course reminds me of Sammo, with the build and being able to kick ass too, the film would be a lot more popular if he was in it. The action has to be the best part of the movie Chin Kar-Lok showing off the works as usual, woo hoo. He has a great fight with Wing Cho, the setting is on a small wooden bridge, where Wing Cho was killing off escapees, but Chin Kar-Lok fights back. Chin Kar-Lok even picks up Wing Cho and slams him down on to the bridge. Surprised to see that Tsui Siu-Ming could fight too, he and Chin Kar-Lok has a cool fight against a group of rowdy punks in night club. Final thoughts, a great film to show Chin Kar-Lok's talents - acting and martial arts wise. But the story does have some plots holes.