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五虎將之決裂 (1991)
The Tigers

Reviewed by: mrblue
Date: 09/19/2010

The Tigers was actually directed by prolific actor Eric Tsang, who has helmed about a couple dozen pictures during his career. He's had a few bona-fide hits like Aces Go Places, but most of Tsang's directorial output has been forgettable releases like this one. The Tigers isn't a bad movie, but it does nothing to seperate itself and provide something different from the sea of hundreds of Hong Kong crime movies out there, unless you have a burning desire to see Andy and Tony do a song-and-dance routine to "London Bridge".

Reviewer Score: 5

Reviewed by: j.crawford
Date: 04/06/2007
Summary: a good effort

For over 30 years, Eric Tsang Chi-Wai has kept himself at the forefront of Hong Kong film business. Best known as an actor with a rather wide range, he has also been heavily involved in the production side of the industry. As a director, writer, and producer, he's worked on many popular films from Aces Go Places (1982) to Golden Chicken 2 (2003).

With The Tigers (1991), Mr. Tsang stayed behind the camera, except for a very brief Alfred Hitchcock-like cameo appearance. Working from a screenplay by James Yuen Sai-Sang and Nam Yin, the director makes some very cool shot selections and uses some daring set-ups to capture his story. One sequence that involves the camera panning back and forth during some expository dialogue seems lifted from oeuvre of Jean-Luc Godard.

Working with his all-star cast, Tsang gets some varied performances. On the one hand, he allows Andy Lau Tak-Wah and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai too much leeway. The scenario is quite dark and vicious, and the comedic foolishness of their 2 characters seems out of place. On the other hand, the director gets Ken Tong Jan-Yip to give the performance of his career.

Reviewer Score: 8

Reviewed by: dandan
Date: 03/08/2006
Summary: not great, but it has potential...

well, it's always funny seeing tony leung in (what now seems) an uncharacteristic role as the stupid comedy-relief character...

i enjoyed this; if they polished it up a touch, removed a little of the stupidity and basically overhauled the script / subs, i imagine most people would be drooling over it.

as it stands, it's a fairly solid film about some good cops, who decide to take a bit of triad money and end up getting in deeper than they imagined...

Reviewed by: Sydneyguy
Date: 09/18/2004
Summary: Average at best

Andy Lau and Tony Leung are NOT the main chracters in this movie, in fact those 2 are the most annoying characters, then again it maybe because of the dubbed english version i saw of this.

I knew this movie would go over the top, It was just heading in that direction. And in the end you will see the results of this.

Watchable but probably a one time viewing


Reviewed by: pjshimmer
Date: 08/02/2003

Another typical HK-style drama, which means inferior story-telling and characterization. Everything moves so damn quickly. It hardly made sense. Do they expect us to believe any of what happened? More irritating than heart-breaking or bone-crushing. Tong Jan Yip is so wicked.


Reviewed by: Eddie Coyle
Date: 11/04/2002

Oh man, when bad things happen to good people...5 bad ass CID members make an error in judgement and decide to keep some triad loot left over from a sting operation. The scumbag villian starts a blackmail plot that spirials out of control and the Tigers begin to fall...Again, yes, it's been done to death,but I cared about these guys. I don't want to give anymore away but this movie,especially the final half was heartbreaking and bone crunching at the same time. Good stuff. Go get it.

Reviewed by: s****
Date: 11/01/2000

This has always been one of my favorite Hong Kong films. Admittedly, the noirish plot is a little hard to swallow at times, but the characterization and acting is excellent, and the film builds to its climax quickly and precisely. Though this film has a couple of good action sequences, this is more of a serious drama than most cops-and-gangsters films, and should be viewed only when in the proper mood.

Reviewed by: jfierro
Date: 12/21/1999

TVB's five tigers play five hotshot detectives who make thefateful mistake of pocketing the money seized in a drug bust. What starts out as a small cover-up escalates into a huge scandal, with often fatal consequences. Interesting, if unoriginal, premise marred by lackluster direction and implausible plot twists. Your enjoyment of this movie hinges on whether you can accept that the best young detectives in Hong Kong would make such obvious errors in judgement.