andrew lau wai keung - director and cinematographer
    Young and Dangerous 4 (1997)
    The Storm Riders (1998)    
    Young and Dangerous 5 (1998)          
    Young and Dangerous: The Prequel (1998)     
    A Man Called Hero (1999) [dir. only]    
    The Legend of Speed (1999)     
    The Duel (2000)     
    Sausalito (2000)     
    Born to be King (2000)

Teamed with producers Wong Jing and Manfred Wong, director/cinematographer Andrew Lau has been quite prolific during these 4 years. After beginning his career in the 1980's shooting films like Where's Officer Tuba? and As Tears Go By, Lau rose to prominence as a director with the exremely popular Young and Dangerous and its wildly successful sequels.

Young and Dangerous 4

Pinky Cheung is in this! Look for looney Samuel Leung as a student in Karen Mok's classroom!

This film starts with the wedding of Tai Fai's [Anthony Wong] sister, KK [Pinky Cheung] to a member of Hung Hing[Michael Tse]. Later in Thailand, Ho Nam [Ekin Cheng] and Chicken [Jordan Chan] get in a dispute about territory and a promotion. Murder, revenge and lots of double-crossing intrigue keep the plot moving. Watch for Lee Siu Kei and Ng Chi Hung in cameo roles.

The Storm Riders

A lot has been written about this film, so you may know quite a bit about The Storm Riders already. I hated it when I first saw it but that had more to do with the pirate video from Malaysia than the actual film itself. Later I saw the film in the cinema. Frankly, I thought it was great! The CG effects were fantastic, used in a very imaginative way to advance the epic nature of the film. This is one of those very rare films that this reviewer likes more and more after each screening.

Young and Dangerous 5

This installment of the series uses some very silly plot devices to advance the saga of Ho Nam [Ekin Cheng] and his Hung Hing gang members. Totally implausible plot developement is carried out with irresistable charm. The Bob and Partners team put all that Golden Harvest money to excellant use, as production values are very high. No Thailand excursion this time around, the Hung Hing boys travel to Malaysia for fun and intrigue.

As if one Ho Nam isn't enough, this film has 2 Ho Nams!

Young and Dangerous: The Prequel

A Man Called Hero

Oh, boy. Here's one. This film was made to cash in on the box office success of The Storm Riders and the uncanny popularity of Ekin Cheng as some sort of 'martial arts superstar' with the Hong Kong movie-going audience. He does 'look good' when performing, that's for sure.

This is another case of some very cool cinematic sequences that don't add up to a complete film experience. Again CG effects are used to enhance the film, most notable is a spectacular sword battle on and around the Statue of Liberty. Unfortunately, the screenplay is tainted with the most politically incorrect retelling of the Chinese experience in the American West since Sammo Hung's Once Upon A Time in China and America.

The Legend of Speed

Promoted as a sequel to Full Throttle, this film, really a remake, is nothing like the Derek Yee original. Ekin Cheng is cast as Sky, the top champion in illegal street racing. Simon Yam is cast as his nemisis, a master race driver who defeated his father [Blackie Ko] years earlier. The film does have some interesting sequences. The racing stunt scenes by action director Bruce Law are up to his usual high standards, but they are too short. The movie also mixes in some CG effects with poor results. The film does feature 2 of the hottest race cars in the world.

After Ekin crashes and kills his hot girlfriend [Kelly Lam], he goes off to Thailand in search of his long lost father. Blackie Ko steals the show with his performance as the disabled ex-racer living a life very different from the one he had in Hong Kong. Cheng is much more wooden here than usual. Newcomer Ceclia Chung is wasted in this movie, looking like a deer caught in some headlights. Look for martial arts superstar David Chiang in a senstive supporting role as Sky's stepfather. Performances by supporting cast members Patrick Tam and Moses Chan represent a couple of high points in a rather dismal effort. In the end, The Legend of Speed doesn't, can't live up to to the standard of the earlier film.

The Duel
The Duel!


Born to be King

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