| Jiang Hu - The Triad Zone (2000)
Director: Lam Chiu Yin
Leung, Sandra Ng, Anthony Wong
Dante Lam showed promise as an action director on
"Option Zero" and as a director of more calm romantic fare with "When I
Look Upon the Stars." His best work, though, was on the wild,
high-impact finale of "Beast Cops", which "Jiang Hu" most closely
"Jiang Hu", literally "rivers and lakes", connotes
the wandering swordsmen of ancient days and in modern parlance refers to
the triad underworld. It is a world that has virtually taken over
Cantonese celluloid in the decade-and-a-half since the box office
success of A Better Tomorrow. And while triad movies no longer command
the public adulation they once enjoyed, they still manage to hang on
and, in the case of The Triad Zone, attempt to redefine themselves.
As many of the latest Hong Kong films have focused
on action over plot, it's refreshing to see a reversal where the
emphasis is on structure and character development. In "Jiang Hu-The
Triad Zone," the gangster's moral code and the conflict between old and
new schools of thought clash.
Tony Leung represents the old school running up
against contemporary pressures of heading up a triad mob. Using all of
the known conventions of the triad genre, Dante Lam has come full
circle. The main plot point in the film is that Tony's character, Jim
Yam, is targeted for assassination. He tries to find out who is out to
kill him. Since he is on top of the heap, anyone around him could be out
to dethrone him. The old adage: "the more things change, the more they
stay the same."
Filled with vivid primary characters and plenty of
terrific secondary rolls, and an amazing set of cameos distinguish "Jiang
Hu" from other triad films.
Tony Leung Kar-fai and Sandra Ng are the stars:
two rich, meaty, substantial roles for two terrific actors. Leung gives
the performance of his career: his presence dominates the film. Sandra
Ng is equally good as Leung's wife, and associate. She adds a bucketful
of erotic power to her dramatic and comic strengths.
List Price: US $19.95
Cantonese / Mandarin
English / Traditional Chinese
/ Simplified Chinese
(Can be played on any DVD player in the
- "Adult Material;
Parental Guidance Recommended" (roughly equal to an
MPPA rating of "R") Films rated Category IIB
contain large amounts of violence and/or nudity and
sexual situations in addition to possible explicit
language and adult situations.