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有Friend冇驚 (1984)
Winner Takes All?

Reviewed by: Inner Strength
Date: 02/06/2002
Summary: Not bad

I have different feelings about this film, firstly when I first saw it I found it rather dull, but watching it again, I have changed my mind. It is quite entertaining, and not a bad little crime film for the early 80's. Not sure how easily available it is to get your hands on, but worth seeing if you can.

Rating: 3/5

(Rating is based on the genre & year of release, not being compared to films made earlier or more recently)

Reviewed by: ElectraWoman
Date: 10/29/2000
Summary: 7.5/10-I enjoyed watching this

Actually, I didn't think the "mood changes" were bad. The changes are only sub-plots that, I felt, didn't detract from the film's main focus-revenge! Most of the film focuses on Joe and Fung's drive to find the bad guys, and I felt that the stuff about romance, etc, is there to give viewers a bit of a break. The romance played a crucial part in the end, anyways :)

Anyways, I enjoyed watching the film. I didn't like the beginning, which was a bit muddled and confusing, but apart from that, it's quite coherent. I loved the ending, with its touches of black comedy ("Here you go, now you can kill each other", "You want to kill him right? Now go for it!") and Stanley Fung puts in an interesting performance.

Reviewed by: STSH
Date: 12/26/1999
Summary: Unusual and disturbing, but only so-so

The ending scenes are very unusual for a HK film, and are a strong case against vigilantism. But the film doesn't work all that well, and it comes down to the director, who really couldn't seem to decide what sort of story this was. It starts as violent criminal vengeance, then creates calm-before-the-storm domestic harmony with Fung and daughter, who is is then horribly killed. The film is in trouble from this moment on, because, although Fung is clearly very upset, the feel of the film focusses on the comedy of the uncaring attitude of the police. Then it flips over to light romance between Ann and Joe. In short, the characters and the mood changes so much, and often for no good reason, that it's hard to get a grip. On the positive side, Stanley Fung plays very much against type, as a fairly wimpy and ordinary bloke (he frequently plays high-ranking police officers).
This could have been quite a good and even thought-provoking yarn. Instead, it's a moderately okay but pretty muddled tale of revenge going wrong.
Don't rush to see it.

Reviewer Score: 5