Ekin Cheng as a triad, must be a Young & Dangerous movie right? Wrong. Although this was somehow included in my Y&D box set (original series + spin offs), Goodbye, Mr. Cool is not a Y&D spin off and only related to the series because it’s in the triad genre. The cool thing is that his character in this movie, Dragon, is an easy sell as an extension of his infamous Chan Ho Nam character in Y&D, so in that right I’ll call it an indirect spinerama-off.
Plus, a bunch of Y&D cast in another triad movies doesn’t leave many possible conclusions to draw on. But NO, this movie is really nothing compared to Andrew Lau‘s cult favourite in Y&D. I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a Y&D or triad rip-off, just another triad movie (for better or worse). Whether you’re stuck comparing it with Y&D or not, you will make note of the flashy style, overwriting and underwhelming melodrama. The story or should I say themes that follow Ekin’s character along are evident and quite pleasant, they just don’t pull the trigger and fall short.
Goodbye, Mr. Cool follows the standard gangster formula of an ex-gangster trying to make a new life for their self and being swayed back towards the underworld. This movie does add a few more layers like the force of his ex-girlfriend, a potential love interest and the son he never knew. Everything builds up quite nicely but seems to unravel a bit as it’s all supposed to come together. Maybe less really is more. All in all, it’s an enjoyable good/evil, redemption, second chance, triad movie.
Director: Jingle Ma Chor-Sing
aparoo’s words: triad, gangster, underworld, second chance, new life, redemption, start-over, past
aparoo says 3/5
Stream: YouTube (no English subs)
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