The Sleepless Town (1998)

Director Lee Chi-Ngai and talented cinematographer Arthur Wong Ngok-Tai join together with some Japanese producers to create an evocative gangster film noir about Hong Kong and Mainland people carving up territory in Tokyo’s mysterious Chinatown. Director Lee taps into the screen persona of Kaneshiro Takeshi casting him as an ultra-cool, dangerous gangster with revenge and redemption on his agenda.

Arthur Wong Ngok-Tai uses all his skill to create a beautiful, compelling world as his camera follows the twists and turns of the scenario. His cinematography is outstanding on this film, worth the price of admission. Eric Tsang, in a cameo role, is his usual brilliant self and Kathy Chow Hoi-Mei is real good in a pivotal supporting role.

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