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Genre: Drama
Starring: Andy Lau, Michael Miu, Eason Chan, Wang Zhi-Wen, Tong Chun-yip, Crystal Huang, Felix Wong, Lam Ka Tung
Director: Derek Chiu
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2007




- Trailer
- Making Of




Languages: Chinese & Cantonese
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: -
Sound: -
Running Time: 1 hr 45 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East




Police officer Foon (Andy Lau) witnesses numerous brothers turn against one another. Yiu (Michael Miu) and Shun (Eason Chan) were separated since young at their father? (Wang Zhi-Wen) arrangement. Years later, Yiu succeeds his father to become the triad leader. His desire to legitimize the triad? illegal dealings is met with opposition from Kui (Tong Chun-yip). The crisis brings the two brothers back together again. However, a series of setups arranged by Yiu causes Shun to flee to Thailand, When Shun? life is in danger, the trust between the brothers is put to a test. When Shun finally realizes the true intention of his brother, things are already beyond repair.


If you are old enough, you’d have heard of how Hong Kong broadcaster TVB had its “five tigers”: Michael Miu Kiu Wai, Ken Tong Chun-Yip, Felix Wong Yat-Wah, Andy Lau Tak-Wah and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai. Of course, if we didn’t include the Chinese names of the last two actors, you’d know them for their high profile movies like The Warlords and Protégé (for Lau) and Lust, Caution and 2046 (for Leung). But things have not been as rosy for the other three tigers, although true fans of Hong Kong dramas can name you the movies they have been starring in since their heydays have passed.

For the sake of nostalgia, director Derek Chiu brings back the four tigers (minus Leung) and replaces him with Eason Chan and his distractingly frilly locks. The 105-minute movie is a typical Hong Kong triad genre picture which tells the story of brotherhood and betrayal. Miu and Chan play brothers to a dead triad leader. Wong plays their adopted brother while Tong plays the villain. Lau joins in the fun as a cop who gets involved in the guns and bullets.

To make the name-spotting game more fun, actors like Lam Suet (Mad Detective, Invisible Target), Lam Ka Tung (Triangle, Hooked on You), Yu Rongguang (The Myth, Divergence), Wang Zhiwen (Battle of Wits, Together) and Elaine Jin (Yi Yi, Tempting Heart) take on other supporting roles to make this movie a true get-together.

There is nothing to shout about the story, because it is probably not the main highlight here. The tried and tested genre (especially in Hong Kong) barely leaves an impression in this movie. The action sequences choreographed by Chin Kar Lok and Wong Wai Fai (two other big names in action choreography) are so-so in terms of thrills and spills. Which means that the movie only leaves us with stars to ogle at, commenting on how age has caught up with most of them.

While Miu and Wong are still flatteringly charming, Tong manages to send chills down our spines as a scrupulous baddie. Chan’s acting is competent, while Lau is the shiniest star of the lot, accompanied by a certain sponsored watch grabbing a few seconds of attention. There are a few memorably interesting scenes though: Watch out for the sequence where Lau and Lam bitch about other colleagues in their police headquarter office, as well as the car chase sequence shot in Thailand - they are probably the sequences that are not overshadowed by the big number of stars who have gathered for this project.


This Code 3 DVD contains a 17-minute “The Making of”, where Chan seems truly amused with shooting the finale car chase scenes. There is also a “Trailer”. These features come in both Mandarin and Cantonese versions, but only Chinese subtitles.


The disc’s visual transfer is fine, and the audio soundtrack is presented in its original Cantonese version, as well as the dubbed Mandarin version.



Review by John Li


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This review is made possible with the kind support from Scorpio East


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