It’s the summer of 1986 and there’s some HK-style growing up to
do. Young and Dangerous guys Jason Chu, Michael Tse, and
Jerry Lamb are high schoolers out to score. The naive Chu finds
himself attracted to the sweet and innocent-looking Shu Qi, but
looks can be deceiving. Turns out she has a sugar daddy and worse,
she used to belong to triad mini-boss Jordan Chan.
This is a cheap and horny coming of age
flick that proves once and for all that Dior Cheng and Jordan
Chan ARE stars, ‘cause none of these other guys can really carry
a picture. Chu is not an actor of depth, Lamb is merely good for
comedy relief, and Tse (thanks to this and his performance in
Best of the Best) seems bent on becoming a younger, better-looking
version of Shing Fui-On. Still, the emotions are familiar and
Shu Qi is quite photogenic.
Too much can be a bad thing, though.
Much of this film’s doubtful pleasure comes from the camera’s
obvious appreciation of her nubile form, which seems to go beyond
respectful admiration into sleazy leering. However, the references
to A Better Tomorrow are sure to put a smile on the face
of any HK Cinema fan. Sadly, the actors (save for Shu Qi) are
too old for their parts - and they look it. (Kozo 1996)