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Jacky Cheung and Sammi Cheng
Year: 1992
Director: Herman Yau Lai-To
Producer: Stephen Shin Gei-Yin, Tony Leung Hung-Wah
Cast: Jacky Cheung Hok-Yau, Ng Man-Tat, Sammi Cheng Sau-Man, Carrie Ng Ka-Lai, Paul Chun Pui, John Ching Tung
The Skinny: Average cop/triad actioner featuring Jacky Cheung as an overly intense SDU member out for revenge. Featuring a 20 year-old pre-superstar Sammi Cheng.
by Kozo:
     This gritty piece from Herman Yau is heroic bloodshed/nihilism personified. Jacky Cheung is a member of the SDU (also known as Flying Tigers), Hong Kong's version of SWAT, who engages in a personal vendetta when his new girl Heidi (Sammi Cheng in her debut) turns out to be the daughter of evil triad Paul Chun. It seems Paul doesn’t like Heidi hanging around with a cop, and uses scummy methods to get his point across. Examples include: beating up Jacky and then beating up Jacky’s dad (Ng Man-Tat in an effective performance). The issues of love vs. duty, honor vs. revenge are all on display here and quite frankly, IT ALL GOES TO HELL. When blood spills, no one is spared and the film enters a dark, nihilistic zone also known as “The HK Action Genre.” We've seen most of this stuff before, so the movie is really no great shakes. It's your standard cop/triad actioner with good stars and recognizable pathos. Still, the acting is better-than-average for this type of flick, and we are treated to the first screen appearance of the winning Sammi Cheng. For that, we give the movie a belated, but well-deserved thumbs up. (Kozo 1997)

The 12th Annual Hong Kong Film Awards
Nomination - Best New Artist (Sammi Cheng Sau-Man)
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Mega Star/Media Asia
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 5.1
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles

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