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Just Heroes
Chinese: 義膽群英 Just Heroes
Ti Lung and Stephen Chow
Year: 1989
Director: John Woo, Wu Ma
Producer: Chang Cheh, Tsui Hark
Cast: Danny Lee Sau-Yin, Stephen Chow Sing-Chi, David Chiang, Ti Lung, Chen Kuan-Tai, Kelly Chu, Cally Kwong Mei-Wan, Tien Niu, Wu Ma, James Wong Jim, Shing Fui-On, Joe Nieh, Yueh Hua, Chiu Lui, Bill Tung Piu, Parkman Wong Pak-Man, Yuen Woo-Ping, Paul Chun Pui, Philip Ko Fei, James Ha Chim-Si, Guk Fung, Lau Kar-Wing, Lo Lieh, Yuen Bun
The Skinny: The film that proves that John Woo + guns does not equal an automatic good time at the movies. This action drama has more drama than action, and neither is really that good. Co-directed by Wu Ma. Is this his fault?
 
Review
by Kozo:

Ah, the infamous lost film in John Woo's heroic bloodshed filmography. This uneven gangland drama was co-directed by Woo and Wu Ma, and the result is an average action drama not unlike many eighties movies starring Chow Yun-Fat. Sadly, Chow doesn't appear in this one. Instead, we get Danny Lee as a righteous triad who vies for the number one spot when the big boss gets assassinated. The killing triggers a power struggle, which means lots of killing and overemoting from the cast. Co-starring Stephen Chow in a pre-superstar role. He plays a triad who ends up running with the wrong crowd and gets worked as a result. The lesson here could be "stay away from triads," but a more salient lesson would be "stay away from triad movies like this one." An abundance of talky sequences undermines whatever action we get, which isn't even that inspiring anyway. Woo has done better work. Wu Ma has too. Hell, everyone in this movie has done better work. So...see that stuff instead. (Kozo 1996)

 
 
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