Movie Review: Goodbye, Mr. Cool (2001) – Hong Kong Movie

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Reviews: BRNS // Love HK Film // Rotten Tomatoes

Lee Choi-Wah

Cast: Ekin Cheng Yee-Kin, Karen Mok Man-Wai, Rain Li Choi-Wah, Stephanie Che Yuen-Yuen, Jackie Lui Chung-Yin, Chapman To Man-Chat, Lam Suet

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)

Photo credit: Google Image Search
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Movie Review: The Road Less Traveled (2010) – Chinese Movie

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Tired of the in your face romance/drama plots? Or all the typical tearjerkers? Or blatant overly compensated stories? Then watch The Road Less Traveled, its a good change of pace and breath of fresh air when it comes to all that junk. This film is a great thematic melodrama with dashes of melancholy and tragedy through realism and parallels.

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The Road Less Traveled is a fateful story about tragedy in ordinary life and the reconciliation and/or guilt that results. At the heart its about overcoming things in life as much as it is about the connections we make (or find) in life. I wasn’t sure if the ending would do justice, but as I watched I was pleasantly satisfied.

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Its essentially about a truck-driver from HK who accidently kills a man onenight while on route, and the pregnant restaurant/farm-owning wife left behind. Oh, and the truckdriver has a longtime girlfriend. Other things, and characters, come into play in fitting manners. Overall the cast was great, excellent performances.

The soundtrack was quiet but good. The visuals were truly stunning with vibrant colours and great pan-scenic shots. As somber or morbid as some of the plot may be, it all came together great on screen and I’m glad they went with colour rather than grey-scale monotone. Likewise, the film definitely has a tone and mood to it, thanks to the visual and partly thanks to the dialouge.

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Director: Derek Chiu

Reviews: LoveHKFilm // Twitch // BeyondHollywood

aparoo’s words: melodrama, melancholy, tragedy, life, death, accident, guilt, reconciliation, relationship, fate, responsibility, goodness, bittersweet, cross-border

aparoo says 4/5

Download: AsiaTorrents