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Kamui: The Lone Ninja tells the story of a young breakaway ninja portrayed by Death Note star Ken'ichi Matsuyama. Constantly under the threat of assassination, Kamui flees from his clan in search of freedom, something other meaning to life. He chooses to resides at a sleepy fishing village ran by the Watari clan, although trouble seems to be following Kamui in the form of an old rival from his childhood. Blood & Bones director Yoichi Sai delivers his vision of the legendary multi-volume manga series created by Japanese artist and essayist Sanpei Shirato. My overall impression of the movie is mixed, the movie does have some good points and some very poor points. My personal highlights in this movie and most Ninja movies is the action! Ninja movies are always pretty badass! The duel on the beach where we get land-shark ninjas, throwing stars, explosions and Ekin Cheng! Yes, Ekin Cheng does makes a surprise appearance throughout different times of the movie as some form of spiritual guidance for Kamui. The sights and scenery of the movie is amazing too, the beautiful blues skies and oceans maybe visually enhanced, but damn it looks quiet bonny. The personal letdowns include the shoddy low budget CGI effects, thankfully most of the computer use is taking place of the insane animal violence, so thankfully it doesn't look like any animals were hurt during the production. The story is decent, but with the two hour running time the story is very dry for the first hour. Overall if period Japanese Ninja movies is your bag, I think you'll enjoy this flick!
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.
Lord Godless (Simon Yam), an evil Japanese Warlord who is close to conquering China, but the only thing stopping him is the reunion of Wind (Ekin Cheng) and Cloud (Aaron Kwok). With their powers combined they still isn't enough to defeat the deadly Warlord. Seeking guidance from Lord Wicked, a master of a deadly dark martial arts form, but he is only willing to teach it those that can handle their power as this evil art could consume its host turning him to a killing machine! Wind is chosen to learn the dark arts where as Cloud is taught martial arts from his original master, Nameless, who has a theory that if Wind and Cloud combine their power, they can put Lord Godless's reign to an end. After ten years a true sequel to the original Stormriders movie has came out, I'm a giant fan of the first movie and man, you know I was the happiest bunny when we got our first glimpse at the trailer. The story doesn't follow on from the original, it could certainly be taking place ten years from the original...
One of my leading doubts with the movie was knowing that the Pang Brothers were handling this movie. I don't hate their work, I did enjoy pieces like Diary and Ab-Normal Beauty, but movies such as Forest of Death and ReCycle have been pretty dire! Well ReCycle certainly! I have to admit I really enjoyed the flick, but come on, I loved these movies and these actors. As you can expect I'll be discussing the key differences in our actors from 1998 to 2009. Ekin Cheng and Aaron Kwok have grown considerably. In 1998 Kwok was known famously for his role in the Shaw Brothers Kung Fu flick - The Bare Foot Kid. Whereas Ekin Cheng was noticed by his peers for his role as Chan Ho-Nam in the triad series Young & Dangerous. Fast forward to 2009 Aaron Kwok has achieved three Best Actor awards for his work in Divergence and After this Our Exile. Ekin Cheng most recently recieved alot of praise for his terrific role in Kelvin Tong's Rule Number One, a role which earned him his first best actor award at the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival. Outside of our heroes, the villains portrayed by Simon Yam and Nicholas Tse. Nicholas Tse almost steals the thunder as the strong, silent sidekick who deals plenty of devastating blows to anyone who got in front of him! Simons role as the Warlord pretty intense as well he is participially really good in one scene against Aaron Kwok where the insane crazy razor wire spider-web scene. For our female leads we are given two strong performances from both Charlene Choi and Yan Tang claim the role of Shu Qi from Stormriders. As you can expect a relationship blossoms between Ekin Cheng and Charlene Choi! A surprise twist I tell ya!
Storm Warriors rightfully so won the Winner of the Best Visual Effects Award at the 29th Hong Kong Film Awards. This visual effects in this movie are epic, if you could give this movie only one credit. The great sets were all constructed on three locations in Thailand, the mixture of these sets with visial effects give great legitamt feel to them, it looks as if our leading characters walking across cover of a Terry Pratchett novel. The computer effects are amazing, the battle sequences with the thousand swords and all the elemental effects are stunning, visually stunning! The movie has been described as 300 meets Jet Li's Hero and the comparisons between 300 and Storm Warriors is pretty obvious, but I believe it doesn't damage the movie. If your really picky you can even tell of the connections between this movie and The Mummy 3: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. Overall, I really enjoyed the movie and this is probably one of the few positive reviews you will see for this movie. So please, rent it!
Manga Entertainment have wrangled the rights and now releasing "Kamui: The Lone Ninja" on DVD and Blu-Ray this August. Based on the famous Manga series written by Sanpei Shirato, "All Under the Moon" director Yoichi Sai. The movie is lined up with the cream of the crop in Japanese Cinemas next generation of big actors; Death Notes; Ken’ichi Matsuyama, Sukiyaki Western Django's Koichi Sat as well as Ekin Cheng. Yes you read that right, Hong Kongs own; Ekin Cheng makes an appearance in this movie, I don't know yet how long an appearance the main man has but hey, my opinion of this movie has improved 100% already. Kamui: The Lone Ninja is set for a UK release on August 9th on - £19.99 on Bluray and £15.99 on DVD.
Cornerhouse have sent out a Press Release about Visible Secrets going on tour;
A new Cornerhouse touring film season Visible Secrets, is set to celebrate and highlight Hong Kong’s female film directors in major cities across the UK this autumn. Launching this celebration is Ivy Ho’s directorial debut Claustrophobia, starring Hong Kong megastars Karena Lam and Ekin Cheng.
Claustrophobia, will launch the UK wide tour of Visible Secrets with a special gala screening at Curzon, Mayfair in London on Monday 02 November.
Visible Secrets: Hong Kong’s Women Filmmakers will tour to venues across the UK including: New Park Chichester, Eden Court Inverness, Pictureville Bradford, Showroom Sheffield, Broadway Nottingham, Watershed Bristol, QUAD Derby, Chapter Cardiff and Barn Dartington.
POF 57 guest Paul Loudon has done a terrific job bringing us several excellent reviews, which we will do a final post with all the highlights and a very special interview.