The Last Tycoon
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"Chow Yun-Fat is dazzling...Wong Jing at his best" --Moviexclusive.com
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Ever charismatic Chow Yun-fat looks fine as always, but obviously this is not among his best work. His character lacks depth, and his romance with Ye Zhiqiu needs chemistry. In addition to the too many subplots involving political intrigues, hidden romances and Japanese invasion, the crime drama heavily suffers from its double narrative structure, where the story goes back and forth between two timelines too frequently.
Most Hong Kong film fans know the name of director and co-writer Wong Jing. The prolific filmmaker’s works in the past include “God of Gamblers” starring Chow Yun-fat, and “City Hunter,” starring Jackie Chan. “The Last Tycoon” is the director’s most ambitious work, an attempt to do something different, with gorgeous costumes and production values.
With all due respect to him and the effort he must have done to create this film, “The Last Tycoon” is a huge disappointment, with a familiar story told with plodding pace. We need something more than the star power and occasional so-so action set-pieces.
Huang Xiaoming plays the Cheng Daqi of the past while Chow Yun-Fat is the man he grows up to be. Xiaoming does an impeccable job of portraying a young man with the undying ambition to make a name for himself. The young Cheng Daqi is always trying to prove himself nearly every time he opens his mouth. Meanwhile, Chow Yun-Fat is a bit more relaxed. He has everything he's ever wanted except for Zhiqiu (Yuan Quan) who's just walked back into his life. As the Japanese begin their takeover of Shanghai, Cheng Daqi only wants to remain loyal to his country, utilize the skills he learned under his master Hong Shouting, and somehow get Zhiqiu back into his life while also keeping Bao (Monica Mok), the love of his life, by his side.
The performances are fairly strong with Chow Yun-Fat leaping to the front of the pack. The man seems so torn between what he should do and what he needs to do as you legitimately feel his anguish through his emotional performance. Francis Ng is also incredible as Mao Zai. The man seems to be completely absent of remorse and obviously doesn't possess any sort of conscience. Ng truly makes you believe that Mao Zai is the devil on everyone's shoulder pulling all the strings.
Unfortunately the film lingers on the slow side.Read more ›
story!! We have discovered we really love Asian flicks as opposed to our
American films I'm sorry to say, but there is so much talent with the Asians
that we watch a different film every night. This awesome film is based on a true
story that is full of pristine talent from China.
The always welcome Chow Yun Fat plays Cheng in his later years, and he has a world weary grace that serves the material well. We meet Cheng as a youth (an appealing Huang Xiaoming). When circumstances divide him from his young love, he makes an important connection and sets off to make a name for himself in the big city. The movie is structured in alternating timelines almost thirty years apart. We see Cheng as he rises within a powerful criminal enterprise, and we see Cheng as an established power broker.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a brilliant film ,chow yun fat at is best ,it tells the story of the lead characters past& present ,it set in 30,s china its a gangster/romance before and during wwar2,its... Read morePublished 9 months ago by julie sayers
this dvd was not in english you did not tell that but it was on timePublished 19 months ago by David
I found this a very entertaining movie. The lead role as a young man is played by an excellent young actor and the older version of this man is played by Chow Yun-Fat. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Sara S.
I bought this movie for my library. Any movie that Chow Yun-Fat is good. Also I love the Chinese epic type moviesPublished 20 months ago by Irene T. Clark
I can't believe this movie has garnered such few stars. I felt it was one of the best movies I've ever watched. A beautiful soundtrack. Read morePublished on January 4, 2014 by HC
A very good looking film, superb acting (from a self-limiting script) but obsure, hard to follow, long and drawn out, boring at times, with stereotypical and flat characters. Read morePublished on November 21, 2013 by Chief Thunder-Thud, of the Ojito Tribe