ONE NIGHT IN MONGKOK: DVD
A rivalry between two triads escalates when a petty conflict between junior members of the gangs, Franky (Sam Lee) and Tiger (), leads to a fatal car crash. Tiger's boss hires Lai Fu (Daniel Wu) to exact revenge for Tiger's death, and eliminate the rival triad leader. On his assignment Lai Fu meets up with prostitute Dan (Cecilia Cheung), who happens to come from his village and becomes his guide to the streets of the city. The local police force and his target are soon on to his mission and under the neon glow of the city's lights, Roy and Dan find themselves on the run from the law as well as the lawless.
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Derek Yee's award winning action thriller is a tough, violent, crime/cop thriller set in the world's most populated piece of real estate, the filmmakers tell us: the Hong Kong suburb of Mongkok. It is also a place seething with crime. It's relentlessly energetic and engaging, a stylish entry for the genre which was well received at the 2005 Melbourne Film Festival.
A feud between two gangs ignites the story, in which Lai Fu (Daniel Wu), a boy from the country, is brought in (desperate for money) to assassinate an enemy. He gets between Dan Dan (Cecilia Cheung), a pretty prostitute, and one of her most violent customers - to his regret and they try to evade his revenge. The cops are on their tail, too, led by Milo (Alex Fong), aware of the young assassin's mission amidst the gang war and so tension and action increase as the chase intensifies.
Complex plot and complex characters (if you look beneath the surface) are given a great boost by terrific performances, notably Alex Fong, whose hardboiled intensity adds greatly to the mood of the film.
Yee manages to successfully juggle two distinct points of view; we are drawn in by the young Lai Fu and Dan Dan the hooker, as well as seeing the view through the eyes of the small police unit which tries to keep law and order in murderous Mongkok.
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ONE NIGHT IN MONGKOK: DVD (MA)
(Hong Kong, 2004)
(Wong gok hak yau)
CAST: Daniel Wu, Cecilia Cheung, Alex Fong, Anson Leung, Car Lok Chin, Sam Lee, Suet Lam
PRODUCER: Henry Fong
DIRECTOR: Derek Yee
SCRIPT: Derek Yee
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Kwok-Man Keung
EDITOR: Ka-Fai Cheung
MUSIC: Peter Kam
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Horace Ma
RUNNING TIME: 110 minutes
SPECIAL FEATURES: Making of featurette; theatrical trailer
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: AV Channel (Aztec Int)
DVD RELEASE: November 23, 2005