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Young and Dangerous 4
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Michelle Reis and Ekin Cheng
AKA: Young and Dangerous '97
Chinese: 97古惑仔戰無不勝
Year: 1997
Director: Andrew Lau Wai-Keung
Producer: Manfred Wong
Cast: Ekin Cheng Yee-Kin, Jordan Chan Siu-Chun, Michelle Reis, Karen Mok Man-Wai, Alex Man Jin-Leung, Ng Chi-Hung, Roy Cheung Yiu-Yeung, Michael Tse Tin-Wah, Jerry Lamb Hiu-Fung, Jason Chu Wing-Tong, Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Sandra Ng Kwun-Yu, Pinky Cheung Man-Chi, Wan Yeung-Ming, Spencer Lam Wai-Leung, Ken Lo Wai-Kwong, Lee Siu-Kei, Samuel Leung Cheuk-Moon, Nam Yin, Chan Chui-Fung, Michael Lam Wai-Leung
The Skinny: Those who are fans of the series will probably find this a welcome addition.
by Kozo:

Here we go again: triad angst returns as Chicken (Jordan Chan) attempts to become a Hung Hing branch leader in Tuen Mun. However, evil Tung Sing triad Yiu-Yeung (Roy Cheung, who’s been resurrected from Young and Dangerous 3) manipulates the local Hung Hing into escalating a mini civil war. He secretly promotes Barbarian, a local Tuen Mun boy to become branch leader, even though Barbarian is an idiot. His plan includes knife fights, fake drug overdoses, and that scourge of Hong Kong, disrespectful students.

Meanwhile, Karen Mok is busy teaching high school, where she runs into Michelle Reis as an amazingly innocent and beautiful teacher. Plus, Hung Hing needs some leadership, so they recruit the late Mr. Chaing’s brother (Alex Man) to lead them. All this and the continuing depression of Chan Ho-Nam (Dior Cheng), who’s smarting over the loss of Smartie (Gigi Lai).

As a member of HK's most illustrious triad film series, this latest installment proves to be not as good as Y&D3, but it matches up well with Y&D2. Nothing really new happens in this film other than a few interesting side characters (Ken Lo and Sandra Ng as fellow Hung Hing branch leaders) and more sadness among our Goo Wat Jai boys as more people bite it. Michelle Reis does her usual stellar job of looking amazingly beautiful, though she really doesn’t add much to the film. This is a decent outing for those who find the characters familiar and engaging. (Kozo 1997)

Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Mei Ah Laser
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
English and Chinese Subtitles
Also see:

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

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