Reviewed by: mrblue
This is pretty much your standard "young Triad" kind of stuff, with Shing Fui-On and Wu Ma playing fathers of two kids -- one a good student, the other a gangster wannabe -- who must patch their differences to help their offspring. It was nice seeing Shing Fui-On playing a sympathetic character as opposed to his usual nasty villain, but ultimately the film doesn't really go anywhere or show the viewer anything new during its' running time. The picture tries to be more of a serious drama, and this approach works for the most part, but then it undermines this by having your standard "Triads with big choppers" finale, which kills the mood. Overall, A Rascal's Tale isn't a bad movie, but there are a lot of others in the genre which are done better and probably worth a viewing before this.
[review from www.hkfilm.net]
Reviewed by: jfierro
Shing Fui-On is an ex-gangster who tries to keep his son from following in his footsteps. Wu Ma is having trouble even relating to his son. The two boys are best friends on a doomed path. But through the fathers' efforts there is hope. And then, just when you think there is a moral to the story, the whole premise is destroyed with an incredulous finale that reduces this film to yet another teen-gang flick. Sylvia Chang and Miu Kiu-Wai have brief appearances, trying to lend the film some dignity. Carrie Ng does do a good job in a supporting role.