Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Released January 10, 2013 (Hong Kong)
1 hr 46 min
Rating: III

Despite what you may think from the movie poster, this is not an Asian version of Magic Mike.  Young and Dangerous Reloaded is a reboot of a popular Hong Kong movie about a group of close knit friends that are gangsters.  The series including this latest movie numbers fifteen in total including spin offs and prequels originates from a Hong Kong comic book also known as manhua.  Unlike in the US, the Young and Dangerous franchise helped to glamorize street gangs with their sense of loyalty, easy woman and easy money.

This latest edition by rookie Director Daniel Yee Heng Chan sadly is a pale copy to the original that came out in 1995.  Instead of mixing it up and adding his own stamp to the classic characters, we see all the original players in the original series albeit played by different actors.  In addition, the plots does not deviate as well from the stories that have already been told making for predictable scenes that will leave you reaching out for the original movies and popping them in.

The actors starring with the two key roles of Chung Him Law as Chan Ho Nam and Lit Wai Leung as Chicken does not have the screen presence of the original actors that played those roles in Ekin Cheng and Jordan Chan respectively.  The two lone glimmers of light in this poor rehash is Goon Chung (Paul) Wong as Brother Bee and Sammy Sum as Ugly Kwan.

Overall, I would say shun this film even if you're a diehard fan of the franchise. Going back to the above movie poster, it's quite a mockery of Young and Dangerous 2's movie poster where they all wore white as well.  Albeit less stripper like.  The movie is in Cantonese with English subtitles and can be found in DVD format in online shops like yesasia.com.

Rating: 2.0 Stars out of 5.0 Stars



  • Singh Hartihan Bitto as Bitto
  • Sui-man Chim as Bullshit Jim
  • Jacqueline Chong as Wasabi
  • Yue Ding as Uncle Gut
  • Denise Ho as Sister 13
  • Dominic Ho as Dai Tin Yee
  • Timmy Hung as Prince Edward
  • Chi-Sing Lam as Pou-Pan
  • Shing-Bun Lam as Fatso Lai
  • Chung Him Law as Chan Ho Nam
  • Lit Wai Leung as Chicken
  • Winnie Leung as Anna
  • Ying Kwan Lok as Mr. Lam
  • Simon Lui as Ghost
  • Alex Man as Big Chiang
  • Philip Ng as Big Head
  • Yuen-Leung Poon as Yiu
  • Sammy Sum as Ugly Kwan
  • Bing-Man Tam as Uncle Bing
  • Lap-Man Tan as Little Chiang
  • Kimmy Tong as Petite
  • Goon Chung Wong as Brother Bee
  • Jessica Sze-Man Wong as Jasmine
  • Shu Tong Wong as Uncle Tong
  • Woo Yin as Chiu Ting

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