Art, Entertainment

Donnie Yen is Crippled Ho in Chasing The Dragon

Donnie Yen is not only one of the last actors standing from Once Upon A Time in China II, Iron Monkey, New Dragon Gate Inn, and other Golden Age of Hong Kong Cinema action flicks, but he’s bigger than ever. Ip Man, SPL, Star Wars–he’s beenĀ  carrying some of the biggest series in Asia and beyond.

That makes it especially cool for him to play one of Hong Kong’s most infamous drug and crime lords opposite Andy Lau as a crooked cop Lee Rock in Chasing The Dragon. Yes, they play bad guys but the British police and their local lackeys in the force are much worse.

With the famously inconsistent Wong Jing as a producer, writer, director, and architect of the throwback, big-budget gangster flick could have been a huge mess. That it is not. With style and production value galore, this is an upgraded and updated B-movie with less sex and gratuitous violence but some pretty gnarly action and chase scenes with plenty of opportunities for Yen and Lau (mostly Yen) to be awesome.

Hardcore Chinese gangster movie fans will also love seeing Wan Chai, Kowloon Walled City, and Kent Cheng. Young Rogue One fans looking for Yen to be Chirrut Imwe will be traumatized.

Don’t go in expecting a historical and nuanced treatment of police corruption, gang wars, and colonial rule in ’70s Hong Kong. You’ll be disappointed. But if you’re looking for cool cars, funky clothes, British bullies, and Yen and Lau being Cantonese badasses with hearts of gold, this is the movie for you.

See it at Atlantic Times Square.

AMC Atlantic Times Square
450 N. Atlantic Blvd.
Monterey Park

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