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Man Wanted
Year: 1995 "I hate backseat drivers!"
Simon Yam and Yu Rong-Guang
Director: Benny Chan Muk-Sing
Action: Ma Yuk-Sing
Cast: Simon Yam Tat-Wah, Yu Rong-Guang, Christy Chung La-Tai, Eileen Tung Oi-Ling, Law Kar-Ying, Cherie Chan Siu-Ha, Kenneth Chan Kai-Tai, Parkman Wong Pak-Man
The Skinny: Simon Yam goes undercover in this rather standard cop/triad drama. You could do worse, but you could also do a lot better.
by Kozo:
     Standard entry in the cops vs. triads genre from Benny Chan (Big Bullet). Simon Yam is a former undercover cop who once put away triad brother Yu Rong-Guang. After Yu gets out, he seeks revenge and goes to great lengths to make life hell for Simon. Among his tricks are: kidnapping Simon's girl, framing him for murder, and generally acting smarmy. Meanwhile, Simon develops a thing for Yu's emotionally-damaged moll (Christy Chung).
     This cop/triad thriller is a decently done exercise, with some fine atmosphere and some well-handled tension. However, the meat-and-potatoes of the film is undermined by the overbearing love story between Simon Yam and Christy Chung, who's unusually shrill in the film. Man Wanted isn't a bad watch, but it isn't hugely special either. Those seeking more pronounced (i.e., interesting or entertaining) thrills will likely be disappointed. (Kozo 1996)
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 1 NTSC
Tai-Seng Home Video
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 5.1
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles

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