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Revenge of the Green Dragons

Revenge of the Green Dragons

Andrew Lau, Andrew Loo (2013)

94min
15 Certificate
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Our Score
Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York is updated to the 1980s and given an Asian spin in this crime saga from Hong Kong directors Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo. The fact that Scorsese takes an executive producer credit (payback, perhaps, for him reworking Lau's Infernal Affairs into Oscar winner The Departed) certainly adds to the anticipation, but the film exhibits none of the master's skill as it charts the doomed path taken by two Chinese kids who are recruited into the Green Dragons gang after arriving in the US. There's an interesting plot strand dealing with the trafficking of illegal immigrants, but this is only given cursory attention, with Ray Liotta underused as the FBI agent trying to smash the operation. And while the film doesn't shy away from brutal violence, the key confrontations generate little in the way of dramatic tension. As an East-tears-up-West tale, this clearly had plenty of potential but must go down as a missed opportunity given the talents involved.

Summary

Two brothers living in New York's Chinatown in the 1980s rise quickly through the ranks of a local gang. When their organisation clashes with a rival, the siblings are targeted by a hard-bitten cop who is determined to clean up the streets. Crime drama, starring Ray Liotta, Justin Chon and Kevin Wu.

Cast & Crew

Michael Bloom Ray Liotta
Sonny Justin Chon
Steven Kevin Wu
Tina Shuya Chang
Ah Chung/Dai Lo Leonard Wu
Billy Magnussen Billy Magnussen
Snakehead Mama Eugenia Yuan
Detective Tang Jin Auyeung
Director Andrew Lau
Director Andrew Loo
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Other Information

Language: English, Cantonese +subtitles Colour Available on: Available on DVD

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