Hong Kong Godfather
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"Hong Kong Godfather" revolves around three buddies who are part of a triad gang. Playboy Lung is one of the higher ups in the triad, while Wen is now a sergeant in the police and Wei is the former hack and slash member who has retired from the gang and now living a peaceful life and raising his teenage daughter. Each of these men are loyal to triad leader Uncle Han.
But there is a bit of dissension within the gang as one of their own members who doesn't get along with Playboy Lung is working with the rival gang and planning to kill of Uncle Han, his family and everyone who is a member of their triad.
When the rival gang goes after Playboy and nearly kills him, both Wei and Sergeant Wen know they must help their friend out and avenge their fallen uncle the best way they know how...by machetes.
So far, each Shaw Brothers release that FUNimation Entertainment has looked quite solid. Thanks to Celestial Pictures going through major remastering and restoration for many of the Shaw Bros. films, "Hong Kong Godfather" looks pretty good for a 1985 film. But where there martial arts film doesn't seem so dated, "Hong Kong Godfather" reeks of '80s fashion and music. From the "Miami Vice" clothing, the Crockett and Tubs hairstyle (yes, the mullet is in full-effect) and more.
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"Hong Kong Godfather" is presented in Cantonese.Read more ›
There is even a scene where a child runs up and starts trying to hit a bad guy, the man picks up the kids and breaks him over his knee then throws him out a window. I wasn't expecting it so it was really shocking but I couldn't help but laugh (it's a hard movie to take seriously.)
But as I said, the final fight scene is what makes the movie. Think the final fight from Kill Bill Vol.1, meets Benny Hill..
The DVD is very nice, although there no special features. The Picture quality is excellent and that packaging and menu design are really cool (As are the rest of the Celestial Pictures/Funimation DVD releases).
The Hong Kong Connection/ Funimation/ Celestial print is quite beautiful, in widescreen and remastered at 95 minutes, in Cantonese with English subtitles. As with most of the Celestial films, there is no English dubbing available. The edition itself gets 4.5 stars.
I give the film overall 3.5 stars, as it was action-filled and enjoyable, but I had hoped for something more martial-artsy and less knife-wielding connivery. It's a very good cast, and the acting is pretty good too, but I was looking for something more old-school (the Victim, Eternal Conflict, Shaolin Temple) and this was quite 80s dated.
Recommended for all "Beardy" fans (those of Leung Kar Yan)
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A solid meat-and-potatoes triad movie elevated by the performance of Beardy and the final fight scene in the shopping centre. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Timothy Chmielewski
Full of 80s haircuts, moustaches, poofy hair, sex, and violence, Hong Kong Godfather is a movie of its time and is definitely not recommended for anybody under the age of 18. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Studente Conan
Very good mid 1980's Hong Kong gangster film with more than average bloodshed, which means that there is a lot of blood in this film.Published on November 30, 2013 by M. Ferguson
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