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A Hero Never Dies (Chan sam ying hung) (1998)

  Directed by: Johnny To
Written by: Kam-Yuen Szeto, Nai-Hoi Yau
Starring: Leon Lai, Ching Wan Lau
Links: A Hero Never Dies on the IMDb, Buy on DVD
Genre: Action

This movie gets: 9.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

""So Fortune Teller, are you going to get shot today?"" - a review by timchuma

A gang boss named Mr Yam is going to see his fortune teller in Thailand. While he is there one of his gang members named Jack gets impatient; the results are bad for the fortune teller.

Not long after, we learn that the gang is currently at war with another for control of Hong Kong. Jack and company are ambushed by the rival gang and a gunfight ensues.

At the end of the battle, Jack goes to give one of the deceased back his dignity (and his head), but he is targeted by a sniper with a laser-sighted rifle. The sniper is also wearing a cowboy hat and smoking a cigar.

This sniper is Martin, a head honcho from the rival gang who is a mutal enemy of Jack.

Jack and Co. decide to pay Martin's apartment a visit to 'redecorate' (not before exchanging phone messages in a very funny sequence).

They both meet up at a bar where they crash their cars into one another repeatedly. When they enter the establishment, everyone leaves. This is because they begin their wine tasting contest, where the aim seems to be to not let the other person drink their wine.

This is interrupted by the arrival of their girlfriends, who amongst other things bring more wine and also manage to settle things down a bit.

Later, Martin calls on his boss, Fong, to report that he couldn't kill Jack. Fong wants him to go back to Thailand as Mr Yam has gone back to his fortune teller.

In a motel out in the middle of nowhere during a fierce thunderstorm, a massive gunfight ensues between Jack's gang and Martin's and there are many casualties. Whether Jack and Martin are among them is up to you to find out, but the results are not entirely what you would expect...

I liked this movie as it was a very good crime/action drama. It does involve a gang setting, but it didn't seem to have all the cliches of triad movies. It goes without saying that the gunfight scenes are brilliant.

timchuma gives this movie 9 out of 10.
Review created on Mon 13 Sep 2004

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