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Those Were the Days
Year: 1996
Director: Lau Hung-Chuen
Cast: Louis Koo Tin-Lok, Shirley Cheung Yuk-Shan, Cherie Chan Siu-Ha, Law Kar-Ying, Roy Cheung Yiu-Yeung, Law Lan, Bat Leung-Gum, Ho Ka-Kui
The Skinny: Modern-day Chinese Ghost Story is a passable diversion, but not much else.
Review
by Kozo:
     This multi-genre hybrid finds Louis Koo as Wing, a righteous triad stuck with a lousy boss (Roy Cheung) who sells him out after ordering him to knife a rival boss. Wing goes into hiding, where he befriends the shy, introverted San (Shirley Cheung). Romance blossoms, but not before Roy discovers Wingís location - and sets out to do him in. After this, the film takes an incredibly bizarre turn and suddenly weíre watching one of HKís numerous ghost films. 
     Shades of A Chinese Ghost Story echo in this modern-day triad saga thatís reasonably entertaining but poorly directed. There are occasional decent moments, but the cheapness of the production undermines it. However, that isnít much of a defense, as Once Upon a Time in Triad Society and itís sequel were both cheap films - but both were utterly entertaining. At least the two leads are appealing in this film. Louis Koo has good presence and Shirley Cheung - while somewhat distant - makes a decent heroine. This is okay for a time-killer, but definitely not a must-see. (
Kozo 1997)
 
   
 
 
 
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