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旺角的天空 (1995)
Man Wanted

Reviewed by: Gaijin84
Date: 01/15/2007
Summary: Mediocre with some good action...

In this undercover cop action-fest, Simon Yam plays Lok Man-Hwa, right-hand man to notorious crime boss Lu Chan-Feng (Yu Rong-Guang). Although he has feelings for Lu's girlfriend Yung-yung (Christy Chung), he keeps his duty in perspective until it is time to take Lu down. When a drug bust goes bad, it appears that Lok has sent Lu to his death, although no body is ever recovered. Even though Lok has a girlfriend, he agrees to help Yung-yung get started again on a new path, even though it threatens his current relationship and his job as a cop. Eventually, Lu resurfaces back in Hong Kong and is looking to exact revenge on the man he once considered a friend.
For the most part, I felt that Man Wanted was a pretty basic undercover cops and criminal yarn. Simon Yam and Yu Rong-Guang do manage to bring plenty of charisma and acting chops to the screen, but it seems to drag until the last 1/3 or so. At that point all hell breaks loose and there are some unexpected twists and deaths. Unfortunately the ending is a bit contrived, which leaves a somewhat bad taste in your mouth. Very slightly recommended.


Reviewer Score: 6

Reviewed by: j.crawford
Date: 11/11/2006
Summary: Actors gone wild

Back in the days before he was handpicked by Jackie Chan to be his "by proxy" director, Benny Chan Muk-Sing worked with talented producers Johnnie To, who gave him his first chance, and Tsui Hark, whose reputation was world renowned. With Man Wanted, he took over the producing chores, with some help, and started working on his "turn them loose" style of working with actors that makes him a perfect choice for Jackie and which he has continued to develop with films like Heroic Duo [2003] and Divergence [2005].

One of a filmmaker's most important decisions is in the casting of the actors and here Chan made two clever choices. Simon Yam Tat-Wah and Yu Rong-Guang are a perfect fit for this director. In this film, both do a great job playing opposite each other, shredding scene after scene. Besides the always interesting Law Kar-Ying, everyone else in the cast is nice set dressing. Cinematographer Chim Ang-Hung makes everything look dark and foreboding while action director Ma Yuk-Sing keeps the action flowing hard and fast.

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: rarnom
Date: 04/18/2005
Summary: Textbook HK action film

Simon Yam stars as an undercover cop who is friends with gangster Yu Rong Guang. What follows is as standard a HK film as it gets.
This film has good action, betrayal, some out of place romance, drug induced mania, and lots of death. I found it to be a good film and pretty intersting. The thing I just kept on thinking the whole time was how 'typical' and 'textbook' the film felt. It isn't a stand out film by any means, but it really covers all the bases and definately comes recommended for action junkies.
Yam gives a good enough performance as does Yu Rong Guang. I haven't seen a lot of Yu Rong Guang, but I liked his role and am now curious to find and see more of his stuff.

Version reviewed:
Fitto Mobile VCD

video: Standard VCD quality

audio: Standard Cantonese/Mandarin L/R channel

subtitles: above average VCD subs. Not digitally added, but good size and not at all faint. Occasionally they would get lost when the background was white, but only a few times.

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/21/1999

A whirlwind of events leads an undercover cop on a destructivejourney of no return. Friendships and triad loyalty are complicated by deceit and Violence in this action thriller.

[Reviewed by Tai Seng Catalog]

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/21/1999

One of my favorite underated HK movies. A great transfer by Tai Seng, and a interesting story.

[Reviewed by Brad Orwall]

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

All I can say is avoid this turkey at all costs, just saw it (well most of it, I walked out after an hour or so as i could not take anymore) tonight. Simon Yam is losing all credibility, this is one of the worst H.K movies I have seen of late.

[Reviewed by Anonymous]

Reviewed by: spinali
Date: 12/08/1999
Summary: NULL

Undercover cop Simon Yam divides his loyalties between a vengeful triad boss (Yu Rong-Guang) and an equally unlikable department boss -- as he also chooses between his naive girlfriend and Yu's knockout babe (Christy Chung). There's something to be said about a movie so brisk that it doesn't allow you any bathroom breaks for its last hour; then again, you have a virtually bulletproof villain. Five explosions, three hot femmes.


[Reviewed by Steve Spinali]

Reviewer Score: 5