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Mongkok Story (Wong gok fung wan) (1996)

  Directed by: Wilson Yip
Written by: Wai Chung Kwok
Starring: Roy Cheung, Edmond Leung, Anthony Wong Chau-Sang
Links: Mongkok Story on the IMDb, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD
Genre: Action

This movie gets: 6.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Another triad tryhard" - a review by timchuma

Pei Lung is a waiter in an all-night diner who often talks to three triad gangsters named Herbal Oil, Gump and Peter during his shift because he is bored and they tell good stories.

One night, they decide to take him out and they end up in a fight with their fellow triad members over some women. The night after the fight, they meet up with the other members to arrange compensation for Pei Lung's finger, however the boss arrives and settles the dispute by getting the other gang member to keep drinking glass after glass of wine so he can't talk.

The boss (Ching) then takes them out for a drink and karaoke, where it is found out that Pei Lung 'sings like a woman'. The next day they have a game of soccer against some other blokes for $20,000 and Pei Lung decides to quit his job at the diner to hang out with his friends.

As it turns out, Herbal Oil, Gump and Peter work in a store selling X-rated VCDs. They get Pei to sell an old VCD to a customer by having him make up the description on the spot, which he quite enjoys.

One night at the movies (they are watching some film where a bloke with a guitar case is shooting some other blokes), Pei and his friends start horsing around, only to have stuff thrown on them from the balcony by the film star's cronies. They decide to take it outside, but they are outnumbered and decide not to do anything.

Later in the night at the "Gentlemen's Club" Peter is annoyed that the film star steals his girl, so he tells her that he (the film star) has 'tetter'. After they leave, the film star is annoyed that the girl he picked won't go with him and all the other women give excuses like 'My piles are sore' or "I'm a man". He gets so annoyed that he goes after the friends, but his cronies only manage to catch Pei Lung, who is punished. His friends arrive just after one of the film star's cronies says "You should be glad to eat something so nutritious!". Pei Lung is angry and wants the film star killed, but Ching won't do it.

As they feel sorry for him, Herbal Oil, Gump and Peter arrange to get back at the film star by digging up the film star's father's grave and stealing his headstone. This gets them into trouble with their boss and the triad gang leader, so they arrange to have a meeting to arrange compensation...

I liked this movie much more than the other one I saw at the same time. While it is not perfect, it had something the first lacked, mainly humour and more likeable characters, as well as a better story. I know that there are people who don't like the 'triad genre' films because they glamourise the lifestyle - if you are one of those people, you will not like this film as they spend most of the film 'having a good time'. Overall, it's not brilliant, but it is better than average.

timchuma gives this movie 6 out of 10.
Review created on Thu 20 Jan 2005

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