Sunday, July 27, 2014
TRAGIC HERO (1987)
The original title of this is RICH AND FAMOUS 2 and I've never seen the first movie but I don't think that makes much difference since this feels fairly complete by itself. Chow Yun-Fat is the titular "hero" here and that title is a little bit off since he's not really all that heroic. He's basically just a gangster fighting with his insane and very cocky brother(Alex Man) for control of the mob. Watching this right after viewing Chow in HARDBOILED KILLERS was a slightly strange experience since both films couldn't be further apart in tone. That film is straight up slapstick/pratfall comedy and this one couldn't be any more serious. This does lead to it getting bogged down a bit in the heavy dramatics but there's enough gun-fu and other bloody action sequences that make it a bearable watch. There are better Hong Kong action flicks out there but you could also do worse.
Bizarrely enough this is called BLACK VENGEANCE in France even though there are no black faces to be seen anywhere in it:
This Youtube version has way bigger subtitles than my old crappy VHS!: