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Young and Dangerous
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The Young and Dangerous gang
  
Chinese: 古惑仔之人在江湖
Year: 1996
Director: Andrew Lau Wai-Keung
Producer: Wong Jing, Manfred Wong
Writer: Manfred Wong
Cast: Ekin Cheng Yee-Kin, Jordan Chan Siu-Chun, Gigi Lai Chi, Francis Ng Chun-Yu, Jerry Lamb Hiu-Fung, Michael Tse Tin-Wah, Jason Chu Wing-Tong, Ng Chi-Hung, Simon Yam Tat-Wah, Spencer Lam Seung-Yi, Ha Ping, Shing Fui-On, Dion Lam Dik-On, Lee Siu-Kei, Joe Cheng Cho
The Skinny: The first in the entertaining film series that makes being a triad guy seem like a noble, worthy profession.
 
Review
by Kozo:

Chinese comic book adaptation about young triad guys on their way up is decent, solid work from the newly formed BOB (Best of the Best), run by Wong Jing, Manfred Wong, and Andrew Lau Wai-Keung. Plot: Young triad guys Chan Ho-Nam (Ekin Cheng), Chicken (Jordan Chan), and their buddies (Jerry Lamb, Michael Tse, and Jason Chu) work for the fatherly Brother B (Ng Chi-Hung) of the Hung Hing group. Eventually, they move up the ladder when they impress their benevolent boss Mr. Chiang (Simon Yam). Things go bad when the scummy Ugly Kwan (Francis Ng) runs Chiang out of the top seat.

When our heroes get on Kwan’s bad side, he does his best to screw them big time, leading to all sorts of triad angst. Ultimately, the buddies’ friendship is tested by their individual hardships. Nam and Chicken have a falling out which threatens to destroy the solidarity of the kids. But when it counts, they band together and prevail in gang fights as only young triad guys do. The two main stars, Ekin Cheng and Jordan Chan, do well, but the film is owned by Francis Ng who hilariously overacts to the film’s benefit. This is decent flick that entertains, but takes itself just a bit too seriously. Ultimately, it glorifies the triad lifestyle, which begs the question: how many kids joined the triad thanks to this movie? (Kozo 1996)

 
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Mei Ah Laser
Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
English and Chinese Subtitles
Also see:

Young and Dangerous 2 (1996)
Young and Dangerous 3 (1996)
Young and Dangerous 4 (1997)
Young and Dangerous 5 (1998)
Born to be King (2000)
Young and Dangerous: The Prequel (1998)
Portland Street Blues (1998)
Those Were the Days (2000)

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