Gangland Odyssey (1990)
Golden Sun Light Production Co., Ltd.
Ng Man Tat, Roger Ball, Fang Yeh, Shaw Yin Yin, Ridley Tsui, James Ha, Ricky Kwong
Cameo: Alan Tang
Production Manager: Sun Chung Executive Producer: S.K. Yuen
Producer: H. Kim, Dicky Yuen Director: Chan Wai Man
Genre: Drama | Action | Triad
Fen Chiu Hung (Alex Man) is a retired San Francisco cop who goes to Hong Kong to rescue
the kidnapped son of his former gwailo business associate Mr. Brown (Roger Ball). Fen loves
karaoke club owner Shirley (Kelly Yiu), but she is secretly married to gangster Brother Pu
(Chan Wai Man), who years ago fled to Japan to avoid retaliation for his killing of a rival HK
gangster. Shirley has a daughter Cindy (Regina Kent), who is dating Alex's jovial friend Che
(Andy Lau). Che is an employee of the wealthy Mr. Brown, who is married to a Chinese lady
(played by a frumpy looking Shaw Yin
After Fen and Che bravely rescue the kid from his Japanese captors, their gang boss Mr.
Nakamura (Luk Chuen) swears revenge for his men who were killed in the raid.
Pu has joined the Japanese triad societies, and now works for Nakamura, who flies him back
to Hong Kong to kill Fen.
Gangland Odyssey is a decent mob movie, directed by veteran actor Chan Wai Man, who
should know a thing or two about the subject. Despite a cheap keyboard soundtrack, the acting
is adequate and there are several engaging action scenes.
It also contains a somewhat disturbing scene of dog fight gambling, in which two slobbering pit
bulls are filmed in a savage battle of jaws and paws. Yet the most notable aspect of the film is
it's openly anti-foreigner rhetoric- both the British and Japanese are characterized as being
without honor or righteousness. The culmination of this sentiment is best expressed when
Andy Lau confronts the bearded gwailo betrayer Mr. Brown and, giving him the finger, says,
"F**K YOU!!" See, Andy's bilingual.
Related viewing: Godfather's Daughter Mafia Blues (1991) Alex Man, Yukari Oshima
Unmatchable Match (1990) Chan Wai Man, Stephen Chow
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