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A Fighter's Blues (Ah Fu) (2000)

  Directed by: Daniel Lee
Starring: Intira Jaroenpura, Andy Lau, Takako Tokiwa
Links: A Fighter's Blues on the IMDb
Genre: Drama

This movie gets: 7.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Adrianne!! (Just kidding)" - a review by timchuma

Mung Bo (Tiger) is released from prison after 10 years. He used to be a boxing champion and had a relationship with a photojournalist named Pim whilst he was contesting a title in Thailand.

The first thing he decides to do when he gets out is to find Pim, but on arriving in Thailand he finds out that she was killed on assignment in the Golden Triangle and also that Pim had a daugther named Ploy that he never knew about.

He is told his daughter lives at an orphanage named St Mary's in Pattaya, but when he gets there the Sister tells him she has left, but she knows where to find her. They set off for the red light district to find Ploy with little success, until a pickpocket named Popeye steals Tiger's wallet and manages to lead them straight to Ploy who is busily handing out the money she stole from her Dad's wallet.

They get off to a rocky start at first, as Ploy doesn't want to have anything to do with her father, but things improve when Ploy and her boyfriend Ray are chased by rufians and she is rescued by her Dad who beats up the attackers.

Things go on fine for a while; Ploy is very happy with her father and Tiger helps out at the orphanage, but there is unfinished business from his past life as a boxer that interrupts everything...

I enjoyed this movie a greal deal. Apart from being a nice change from the many triad movies that have been on recently, it is also a very good story with well staged fight sequences (which do get brutal, so be warned). In addition, there is a strong theme of romance and redemption. I would recommend this movie to people who like dramatic films with a great deal of action.

timchuma gives this movie 7 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 15 Feb 2005

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