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The True Hero
Year: 1994
Director: Joe Cheung Tung-Cho
Action: Stephen Tung Wai
Cast: Simon Yam Tat-Wah, Anita Yuen Wing-Yee, John Tang Yat-Kwan, Austin Wai Tin-Chi, Lawrence Cheng Tan-Shui, Derek Yee Tung-Sing, John Ching Tung
The Skinny: Average Hong Kong film mixing triad action with manufactured sentimentality.
by Kozo:
     Simon Yam is an ex-triad ex-con trying to go straight by becoming a high school teacher. But he can’t because “everytime he tries to get out, they pull him back in!” Yes, this is a variation on the Lean on Me formula where one unlikely man steps in and reforms the educational system. 
     Well, Simon doesn't actually reform the educational system, but he inspires the kids which is damn good enough for most people. Anita Yuen is his girlfriend/moll, who supports him even though she can’t understand why he would ever want to teach high school. Banana Ripening boy John Tang appears as one of Yam’s students, who’s in danger of joining a triad and following the same path Simon has. 
     This film is marginally watchable only because the ending has cool violence choreographed by Stephen Tung. Otherwise it's banal and unnecessary, and Simon Yam and Anita Yuen really don't bring that much to the proceedings. An average Hong Kong flick. (
Kozo 1995)
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Ocean Shores Home Video
Cantonese and Mandarin language tracks
English and Chinese subtitles
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