Posted: 06/13/2003

 

Mongkok Story

(1998)

by Del Harvey



This DVD is available for purchase at HKFlix.com.


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Leung-Ping (Edmund Leung) makes a big life decision and decides to drop out of school and join a Triad. His friends work at a DVD store for a rising young gangster, Brother Ching (Roy Cheung—the Young & Dangerous series), who is part of the Lo Fook Triad whose leader is fair, as gangsters go (Michael Chan—Young & Dangerous series, To Be No. 1). Ching takes a liking to Leung-Ping, who turns out to be quite a salesman at the DVD store, a good soccer player, and a pretty decent fighter.

Invited to Brother Ching’s house for the first time, Leung-Ping is surprised to find that Ching’s wife is the same young girl he has had a crush on since early childhood. No other woman has compared to her, and the evening he visits happens to be when she announces her pregnancy to Ching. Leung-Ping swears to honor her happiness and their marriage.

A short time later the boys attend a screening for a film starring a minor actor who happens to be Ching’s counterpart in a rival gang. Anthony Wong plays Lui Lone, the actor-gangster, with a combination of humor and sleaze that only he is able to pull off. After his men kidnap the wrong member of his rival’s gang (Leung-Ping), he forces the man to fellate him to make up for his co-gangmember’s badmouthing him to all of the local prostitutes. Later, as several of his men are walking with him to his car, he casually says to them, “I really enjoyed that boy’s mouth. Can one of you help me out?”

The screenplay was written by Kwok Wai-chung, and it’s unique, to say the least. Director Wilson Yip seems to have a lot of fun with Mongkok Story; instead of making a film as serious as most of the Young & Dangerous series, he chose to add layers of comedy, which ultimately add a heightened sense of reality to the whole story.

There is something of the absurd to the plot of Mongkok Story, but strength of the leading actors and director Wilson Yip make this a DVD worth watching just to see them pull it off.

Del Harvey is a writer and the founder of Film Monthly, a devout Chicago Bears fan, loves Grant Park in any season, and recently taught screenwriting at Columbia College Chicago.



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