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金榜題名 (1996)
To Be No. 1

Reviewed by: jfierro
Date: 12/21/1999

Nothing special about this entry in the Triad Boyz genre. Julian Cheung is a hotheaded punk who uses his rashness and lack of morals to rise through the underworld, making many enemies along the way. Of course, the filmmakers make it look like plenty of fun, until the obligatory violent ending. But the moralizing at the end doesn't make up for the outright glamorizing of triad life over the first 3/4 of the movie. It's not like the movie has any power anyway. I'm sorry, but pretty boy Julian Cheung just doesn't make for a very intimidating figure. And frail, delicate Allen Ting is really miscast as Julian's womanizing, tough-guy best friend. I only wish the real Triad Society was made up of such powder puffs.

Reviewed by: hktopten
Date: 12/21/1999

While his girlfriend Anita Yuen Wing Yi's star may have fallen,Julian Cheung Chi Lam's star continues to rise as he begins to mature as an actor. Off his acclaimed peformance on TVB's Cold Blood Warm Heart, Chi Lam plays a young gangster who eventually learned the err of his ways. Almost without the flash and glorification of the Triad in Young and Dangerous, the path Chi Lam took in this film was a little less comic book like and more realistic. The final scene meant well but was still expected. Overall, a film worth watching as one of the contrast to the successful Young and Dangerous.