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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.
Every year thousands of Chinese immigrate to Japan in hope of finding a better life for themselves. Our leading man, Steelhead (Jackie Chan) immigrates to Japan in-search of his partner, who traveled to Japan to visit her auntie and never returned. He takes refuge with his young cousin Jie (Daniel Wu) in a tiny apartment filled with dozen other Chinese immigrates. When discovering that his partner has married and started a new life with wealthy Yakuza under-boss, Eguichi, Steelhead moves on and begins a life of crime where he and his Chinese brothers work their way up through the Yakuza, soon achieving full control of the Shinjuku district of Tokyo. Unfortunately for them, their rise to power comes with a price. Derek Yee has successfully managed to achieve something that we hardly ever see, Derek Yee has made a movie about the Yakuza, not a movie about Jackie Chan. When describing this movie to friends, I explain "It's a Yakuza movie, that stars Jackie Chan", this isn't Mr. Nice Guy with the creative comedic fight scenes, it's barricading the stairwell, fight for your life fight scenes. Not two men facing off in a scraping, it's crowds of Yakuza with giant blood stain blades ambushing you in alleyways. Derek Yee is becoming one of my favorite Hong Kong directors, I was first introduced to his work with "One Nite in Mongkok" which also won me over with Daniel Wu as well. I've followed his work almost religiously since; Protege, Drink-Drank-Drunk, Lost in Time and of course the great drama 2 Young. The movie has superb cast a great mixture of notable Chinese actors working alongside recognizable Japanese actors. Supporting Jackie Chan in this movie we have Daniel Wu, Chin Kar-Lok, Paul Chun, Ken Lo, Lam Suet and the lovely Fan Bing-Bing. Our Japanese actors include Kenya Sawada, who is no strange to Hong Kong Cinema, his acting credits include; Color of Truth, Thunderbolt and ummmm, Jean Claude Van Dammes "Street Fighter". Joining Mr. Sawada we have Masaya Kato, his credits also quite varied, other than working on several Takashi Miike projects in recent years, Kato has starred in Takeshi Kitanos "Brother", Crying Freeman and 1998's US "Godzilla" movie. The other running storyline of the movie is a trusting relationship between Steelhead and a Japanese Detective (played by Kenya Sawada) that he saved from drowning, the detective swears his life to Steelhead, although his luck is pushed when Steelheads life revolves around crime. The other important storyline concerns Daniel Wu's character Jie, early on in the movie they discover he hasn't gotten the backbone for a life of crime and they chip in to buy him a food-cart, a gift in-which he cherishes, but it seems to bring him no luck. Once the movie reaches the later half, Wu's character transforms into a joke, the character costume is pretty over the top. I had no opinion of this movie going into it, I avoided most press and I must admit I really enjoyed this movie.
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Since I haven't seen this movie yet, I have no comment, but I have included the trailer after jump. I will be ordering the UK release of this flick for certain! No Pre-Order date has been set, but once we know, we will post it!
Plot: Divergence is the Mr. Suen (Aaron Kwok) a troubled cop whose job seems to getting worse and worse as the witness he's protecting is sniped by the deadly - Coke (Daniel Wu). Suen's boss isn't happy with the witness dead, this now gives them no evidence against the millionaire - Mr. Yiu. Mr. Yiu is being suspected of money laundering and is being pressured by his boss Jim Pak-Tat. With all this attention from the police Yiu finds his bank accounts frozen and his phone lines tapped, putting a strain on him and his dirty dealings. Yiu's attorney To Hou-Sang (Ekin Cheng) is trying his best to get his accounts back and dismissed all these allegations against his client. Suen suddenly finds himself attracted to To's wife - Amy. Amy is the spitting image of Suen's girlfriend Fong. Fong has been missing for over ten years, with this and the pressure of his job and the fact that his colleagues think he's in on the assassination, is leading him closely to a mental break down. Situations suddenly get tense when millionaire Yiu's son and pop sensation 'Yiu Ha' has been kidnapped and the events that follow all lead, Suen, Coke and To down the same road... Review: When watching the movie I quite liked it, sure I’m a big Ekin Cheng fan, but that’s not the point. The was good, many, many people have slayed this film, calling it all kinds of rubbish, but maybe they are being a little too harsh? Aaron Kwok won the best actor award for his role in the film, which caused quite a stir; ‘How could crap actor win an award for a crap movie’, these comments can probably be found by the barrel full. I’m not sure what caused the film fans to flag this movie, was it the fact the most of the cast were both singers as well as actors? Or some people didn’t understand the plot? Okay, I’m going off on a rant there. I’ll calm down… Now I rather enjoy the movie (as much as the strawberry Cornetto ice cream cone I was eating at the time), the movie had good action – the chase between Aaron Kwok and Daniel Wu was quite cool, I’m also pretty sure I saw a CGI van somewhere in that sequence. Cast, I feel that all three lead actors in the movie done well, Daniel Wu plays quite a good assassin. Aaron Kwok proved he can play a cop with a tragic past and Ekin Cheng seems to have succeeded in playing a calm, yet suspicious Lawyer. Angelica Lee plays her role of the rich housewife with ease. Guest Appearances include Eric Tsang as the dude that works in the Morgue and is regularly hassled by Kwok looking for his lost love. Lam Suet appears once again (he seems to be appearing everything lately) and Sam Lee also has a short appearance too. Yu Rong-Kwong also makes appearances as Mr. Suen's boss. Final thoughts, good film, although with it’s varied reviews it’s probably best that you rent the movie first. Enjoy!
Plot: Former secret agent Yue Siu-Bo (Anthony Wong) is now retired and now lives his life as a chiropractor. One day he is confronted by a wheelchair bound man called Rocco (Michael Wong), Rocco suffers from a severed spine which paralyzed his body and this was done deliberately when he was on a mission for the CIA. His mission was to assassinate terrorists who bombed a hotel in the Philippines. What he didn’t know is that an Chinese agent by the name of ‘Tai Chi-Lung’ was sent to stop him. Crippled by Tai Chi-Lung, Rocco seeks revenge on his crippler and he belives that Siu-Bo know’s where he’s hiding. Siu-Bo plays the fool and tells Rocco he’s got the wrong guy. Rocco leaves but he warns him that ‘he’ll be back’. Instead of Rocco returning four of his kung fu fighting henchmen appear in his absence and deliver a firm ass kicking the secret agent. Now kidnapped his two children, Nicky (Stephen Fung) & Natalie (Gillian Chung) must find a way to save their father. Review: Now some background to the characters, Nicky works at an Ocean Park and Nat is student. Both of them were trained in martial arts from Siu-Bo, known it might come in handy one day. Now these kid’s aren’t really on the best of grounds with their dad, they believe all his stories of being a secret agent who fights ninja’s is all a lot of rubbish. But he insists on telling these stories to their friends which is very embarrassing for any teenager. But when ‘Uncle Chiu’ (Wu Ma) informs them about their fathers kidnapping they are stunned to believe that all his stories we’re lies. Rocco presents them an ultimatum. ‘Find Tai Chi-Lung in the next 24 hours and your dad lives’, simple? No! Stephen Fung’s second directed movie. First being the triad miss-match comedy Enter The Phoenix. House of Fury delivers! Now the movie does has it’s flaws, but it is all swept under the carpet thanks to the charming Stephen Fung (He’s really beginning to have a ‘Jackie Chan’ like aura to him now), the eye candy (The Twins) and a very funny chase seen by Daniel Wu and movie veteran Wu Ma. Guest appearance, We’ll Wu Ma returning to the big screen is always a pleasure – Wu Ma is a legend and he flies!! Daniel Wu and Charlene Choi make appearances of the love interests in the movie. Although Wu has a hidden agenda and Choi enjoys screwing with Nicky’s mind. Lau Kar-Ying makes a one second cameo as a taxi driver who gets his cab window smashed by a brick. Stuntman/fighter Jon Foo also makes as appearance as a baddy that Nicky has to fight, strangely enough he looks identical to how he looked in Tom Yum Goong, come on boy get a change of clothes! Final Thoughts a great piece of ‘fluff, Stephen Fung we await the third round!