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Portland Street Blues
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Kristy Yeung and Sandra Ng
Year: 1998
Director: Raymond Yip Wai-Man
Producer: Manfred Wong
Cast: Sandra Ng Kwun-Yu, Kristy Yeung Kung-Yu, Alex Fong Chung-Sun, Ng Man-Tat, Shu Qi, Vincent Wan Yeung-Ming, John Ching Tung, Jun King-Man, Ng Chi-Hung, Lee Siu-Kei, James Wong Ka-Lok, Ekin Cheng Yee-Kin, Francis Ng Chun-Yu, Ken Lo Wai-Kwong, Jerry Lamb Hiu-Fung, Jason Chu Wing-Tong, Kwan Hoi-San, Bat Leung-Gum, Matthew Chow Hoi-Kwong, Peter Ngor Chi-Kwan
The Skinny: A spin-off film that's actually better than the series that spawned it.
by Kozo:
     This official spin-off of the ever-popular Young and Dangerous series focuses on the origin and exploits of Sup Sam Mui (Sandra Ng), the lesbian leader of Portland Street who made her debut in Young and Dangerous 4. Once upon a time, Sup Sam Mui (meaning Sister 13) was a heterosexual street kid with a low-ranking Hung Hung boy for a father (Ng Man-Tat). Through a series of incidents - mostly harrowing ones - her path is formed. Included among these is her first love, a Tung Sing triad named Coke (Alex Fong), and her best friend, played by Kristy Yeung Kung-Yu. 
     The plot and story are standard triad stuff - it’s the acting and execution that stand out. Sandra Ng is terrific as Sup Sam Mui, and the relationships are well-developed and compelling. There is a certain freshness to the way the film depicts the bisexual nature of Sup Sam Mui - it treats her sexuality as a fact - and allows the relationships a uniqueness and tenderness that steers clear of the “gay” label (though it is implied that Sup Sam Mui became gay in part because of an unrequited love for Coke). 
     The actors are uniformly strong, especially Ng Man-Tat and Kristy Yeung (who is able to convey whole ranges of emotion through her facial expressions). Part of the fun in this picture is the proliferation of name dropping and cameos by other Goo Wat Jai lumaries as Francis Ng (as a young Ugly Kwan), Lee Siu-Kei, Ken Lo Wai-Kwong, and Chan Ho-Nam himself, Ekin Cheng Yee-Kin. 
     Sadly, Ho-Nam’s entrance only serves to underline the massive weakness of these movies - a reliance on triad strength as a cure-all for the characters’ ills. The film takes its time exploring character only to end with a show of Hung Hing solidarity. The film ties up too conveniently, but the character-driven elements of the film are top notch. (Kozo 1998)

18th Annual Hong Kong Film Awards
• Winner - Actress (
Sandra Ng Kwun-Yu)
• Winner - Best Supporting Actress (Shu Qi)
• Nomination - Best Supporting Actress (Kristy Yeung Kung-Yu)
5th Annual Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards
• Best Actress (
Sandra Ng Kwun-Yu)
Golden Horse Awards
• Winner - Best Supporting Actress (Shu Qi)

Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Universe Laser
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 5.1
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles
Also see:

Young and Dangerous (1996)
Young and Dangerous 2 (1996)
Young and Dangerous 3 (1996)
Young and Dangerous 4 (1997)
Young and Dangerous 5 (1998)
Born to be King (2000)
Young and Dangerous: The Prequel (1998)
Those Were the Days (2000)

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