Chasing the dragon

Chasing the dragon

DVD - 2017 | Chinese
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A story of a Chinese man who comes to Hong Kong in 1963 as an illegal immigrant and gradually builds a criminal empire transforming himself into a powerful drug lord.


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Oct 07, 2020

Although the historical context of this film was interesting, the script and acting were seriously lacking and the movie just dragged for the entire 2+ hour running time. Given the number of Ip Man alumni in the cast, I thought action sequences would be better. But, sadly, even Donnie Yen couldn't save this one.

Oct 22, 2018

watchable gangster and corrupt cops flick.

Jul 30, 2018

Since this is the first review, I will add my opinion.

I do watch the occasional foreign film, as I do find some very interesting and well done films from other countries. The major draw backs is having to read the subtitles, especially when they go by too quickly, too small of a font, or not the right colour sometimes blending in with the background.

I gave this a chance, I think due to Donnie Yen (Ip Man: 2008, 2011, 2016; Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: 2016) and that is was based upon a real life story beginning in 1963, with an illegal immigrant coming into Hong Kong, looking for a new start. The other main real life character in the film was a corrupt police detective Lee Rock, played by Andy Lau. Andy Lau is reprising his role, playing Lee Rock after 26 years since the 1991 film, To Be Number One.

After the first 45 minutes or so, I found myself skipping ahead and stopping and skipping ahead every so often, as it was easy to follow and found some parts dragging on. The script was somewhat too fast at times and just did not find it very captivating, which is why this does not get a very high rating. There is no special features on this DVD.

Jun 15, 2018

Although this is a Chinese dialogue movie with English subtitles, I really enjoyed it. Great movie. Action scenes were very good.

Jun 09, 2018

This is a true story about the famous drug king Cripple Ho and an ambitious cop Rock Lee in Hong Kong in 1960. The movie is full of violent scenes with fighting and gun shooting. It is acted by two big stars Andy Lau and Donnie Yen.

May 23, 2018

Story began in 1960 when “Crippled Ho” (跛豪) from Chaozhou (潮州) arrived in Hong Kong and settled inside the Kowloon Walled City as an enforcer for a local gang. Soon he was hooked up with a well-connected Sergeant Major Lee Rock (雷洛) whose law enforcement motto was “I'd say, if I get to call the shots, there'd be rules for everyone to follow.”
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Mar 21, 2018

Story began in 1960 when “Crippled Ho” (跛豪) from Chaozhou (潮州) arrived in Hong Kong and settled inside the Kowloon Walled City as an enforcer for a local gang. Soon he was hooked up with a well-connected Sergeant Major Lee Rock (雷洛) whose law enforcement motto was “I'd say, if I get to call the shots, there'd be rules for everyone to follow.” The two created a prosperous and powerful criminal enterprise until HK established the ICAC (廉政公署= Indepentent Commission Against Corruption) in 1974. Interesting but highly localized crime police corruption drama with the bygones of 九龍城寨, Kai-Tak airport (now a cruise ship terminal) and British colonial rule as backdrops.


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Mar 21, 2018

The years before 1974 marked the darkest period in Hong Kong's history.
香港在1974年以前可以說是歷史上最黑暗的時候. 在殖民管制下,警黑勾結,集體貪污
My name is Crippled Ho. I'm from Chaozhou. This was the moment I arrived in Hong Kong. After starving for four days, my buddies and I finally got our first meal.
我叫伍世豪,潮州人. 我就是在這個時候來到香港. 我和兄弟們來到第四天,才吃上第一口飯
Life or death, poverty or riches, It's all destined.
Compose yourself or you'll screw it up. It's like constipation. You just have to tolerate it for a while.
小不忍則亂大謀. 你就當便秘先忍著他嘛
… my livelihood has been centered around Kowloon Walled City. Kowloon Walled City is a no man's land. It's a grey area in the Treaty of Nanking. The British have given up on this place. Drugs, gambling, prostitution, and the dog meat business have flourished. Not even the police dare set foot in this area, lest they not make it out.
我就在九龍城寨混飯吃. 城寨是一個三不管的地方. 因為南京條約中的一些灰色地帶. 讓英國政府完全不想管. 毒品,賭檔,色情地帶, 狗肉檔,百花齊放. 香港法律管不了. 連警察都不敢進來. 怕出不去

Mar 21, 2018

The Walled City gang and the gangs outside never mess with each other. That's the rule nobody breaks.
我們城寨跟外面,一向河水不犯井水. 也沒人敢去改變這個規矩
Life or death, riches or poverty... I've been a drug dealer all my life. I can take nothing with me now except the sins I've been carrying.
生死、富貴. 做了一輩子毒販. 我只是“萬般帶不走,唯有孽隨身”
Heroes are created in critical times. There has to be a hero or two.
時勢造英雄,一個時代. 怎麼可以沒有一兩個梟雄出現呢?
You can't kill me! I'm a British police officer! If you do, it'll make me a fucking hero. You fxcking fisherman. My nation, we built this place! We civilized the lot of you, fxckers! Without us, you'd still be a fxcking fisherman!
你不可以殺我. 我是英國警司. 你應該仰望我. 你這個漁夫. 我的國家,我們建立這個地方. 我們教化你們. 沒有我,你仍然是他媽的漁夫!

You can't control everything!
-We can't control life, and we can't control death. But between life and death, I get to choose my own path. I am in control.
-生,我們控制不了。死,我們控制不了. 生死之間我能控制. 我可以走我選的路

Mar 21, 2018

The Brits... 9 out of 10 are corrupt. "Chief Superintendent Peter Godber fled to Spain to dodge an ICAC investigation." "Public urges government to arrest Godber and put him on trial."
Real event:
Lee Rock's designated "rent-collector"?
-What do you mean by "rent-collector" ? I'm a landlord.
You centralize all the bribes collected every month and distribute to the officers of different ranks.
你每一個月,將收回來的數目,集中分配. 然後派發給警局每一個警員,是嗎?
What do you mean we can't kill the Brits? When did you become the British Queen's godson?
Don't you know we're not invincible? Don't you know why the Brits never bothered us for the bad things we did? That's because we always follow the rules. Don't you understand there are lines we just don't cross?
你知不知道,我們不是天下無敵的?你知不知道,為甚麼我們做了這麼多壞事. 英國佬都不動我們是因為我們做每一件事,都有規有矩. 你知不知道我們的底線?

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