Revenge of the Green Dragons (2014)
Action | Crime | Drama
Movie Release :
11 September 2014 (USA)
5,2/10 from 649 users.
Wai-Keung Lau, Andrew Loo
Michael Di Jiacomo, Andrew Loo
Justin Chon, Kevin Wu, Harry Shum Jr.
Hong Kong | USA
More Movie Info : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1396523/
REVENGE OF THE GREEN DRAGONS follows two immigrant brothers Sonny (Justin Chon) and Steven (Kevin Wu) who survive the impoverished despair of New York in the 1980s by joining Chinatown gang “The Green Dragons”. The brothers quickly rise up the ranks, drawing the unwanted attention of hard-boiled city cops. After an ill- fated love affair pits Sonny against his own brother, he sets out for revenge on the very gang who made him who he is.
*What’s the Hong Kong equivalent of Hollywood, eg “Bollywood” for India?
I read the story of the Green Dragons over 20 years ago, and have just recently heard of the movie adaptation. After watching this, I think this is another case of “the facts are more interesting than fiction”. The original events were violent and raw. It ended with a sense of retribution. What the director did with the movie version was to partially “Hong Kong”ize the story. This really doesn’t work unless you go all in and purposely try to suspend the audience’s disbelief.
I don’t mean to say Hong Kong action movies are bad, but they only fit in a style that shouldn’t be done for non-fiction, even with a gangster movie. All the brooding, the slow moving gun mechanics, the improvised romance, etc. works great when the action is so gratuitous, you can shut your brain off and enjoy the flick for what it is. In Dragon, all the personalities, including the lead, just mesh into a stylized melodramatic comic character of their real counterparts. It’s not the actor’s fault, since their portrayals are closely reminiscent of Hong Kong action movies.
Again, I just think they should have gotten a more appropriate director and stay truer to the original events. For example, in Casino, I can believe it happened in real life as shown on the screen… not so much with Dragon.
That said, I enjoyed the movie, perhaps mostly because I enjoyed the story.
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