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Godfather from Canton

Reviewed by: Sydneyguy
Date: 06/13/2006
Summary: YIKes

at first you think this movie would turn out serious, then some events occur to make you think this may actually be a comedy, then it changes to tone to a serious movie, can it make up its mind?

The biggest problem with tis movie is character development, basically there isnt any!! It jumps from the main character meeting a lady then next thing you know they are married. His best friend gets killed but he doesnt seem to care.

The ending turns into a "Scarface" and the movie is also 81 minutes

The script is the obvious problem here, not recommended, as u watch this and go, is that it???

Reviewer Score: 3

Reviewed by: MrBooth
Date: 06/03/2006
Summary: 3/10 - watchable, nothing more

A coolie is ofter a job a policeman after saving a government official, and through treachery and corruption rises through the ranks of the police, then becomes a gangster.

The film vaguely resembles Boxer From Shantung, but with none of the epic melodrama, class or production values. Kuei Chih-Hung brings zero style or substance to the director's chair (as usual), and the script miserably fails to develop characters or situations. The overall feel of the film is distinctly cheap (odd that Shaw Brothers films seemed to get less polished as the years went by), with extremely pedestrian camera work.

There is one brief and anachronistic fight scene that is the only worthy use of Gordon Liu's talents, and certainly the most enjoyable part of the film. Gun fights are laughably shoddy, apart from a few individual shots that are pretty cool.

At least it's short (81 minutes on the IVL dvd), so at least it isn't too hard to get to the end without falling asleep or simply giving up and doing something else.

Not recommended!

Reviewer Score: 3