San ying hung boon sik [Return To A Better Tomorrow] (1994)

(On TV, May 2000) This exemplifies the uncharacteristic weirdness of Hong Kong cinema, where the usual “rules” of Western movies are irrelevant, and where genres might turn on you in an instant. This one starts off as a conventional brothers-against-mafia story with a touch of dark comedy, veers in court drama, becomes full-blown tragedy, skips two years and end in heavy cop drama once again. You won’t be able to predict where it’s going. There are a few good action scenes, but make no mistake, it’s the twists and turns of the plot that will keep you going. Not bad. Not bad at all.

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