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Tragic Fantasy: The Tiger of Wanchai
Year: 1994
Director: Stephen Lo Kit-Sing
Cast: Simon Yam Tat-Wah, Lau Ching-Wan, Charine Chan Ka-Ling, Wan Yeung-Ming, Roy Cheung Yiu-Yeung, Marianne Chan Miu-Ying, Yvonne Yung Hung, Chik King-Man, Lam Kwok-Bun, Lo Lieh, Guk Fung
The Skinny: Based-on-fact triad picture that's sporadically entertaining, but also overdirected to the point of distraction.
Review
by Kozo:
     Sensationalized account of real life triad, the ďTiger of Wanchai," played here by Simon Yam. This gritty, overly violent piece entertains, but not effectively. Itís hard to like or identify with anyone in this film, even nice guy Lau Ching-Wan. Simon Yam is an effective actor and the meandering story has its moments. Sadly, the whole thing is set to syrupy pop songs that are among the worst Iíve heard in HK Cinema. 
     The film does earns points for referencing the famous Anita Mui incident where she was slapped by a gangster in a karaoke, whereupon the Tiger appeared to defend her honor. Somehow, all this is supposed to link up with the real-life Tigerís tragic death, when he was shot to death by three killers wearing motorcycle helmets. Thatís portrayed accurately, but the Tiger didnít win the Macau Grand Prix. He came in second and was disqualified. Oh, well. This is a movie, after all. (Kozo 1997)
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Universe Laser
Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
English and Chinese Subtitles
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