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Young And Dangerous 2 (1996) Directed by: Andrew Lau

Released while the successful first part was still enjoying its cinema run, the direct sequel sees Andrew Lau bring in Taiwanese triads as enemies of the Hung Hing. Spending considerable time on the events during Jordan Chan's exile to said country, he joins the San Luen triad headed by Mr Lui (Lui Chen) and develops feelings for his woman (Chingmy Yau). Meanwhile Chan Ho-Nam (Ekin Cheng) duels nose picking Tai Fei (Anthony Wong) for position in the Hung Hing Society but when Chicken returns to Hong Kong, his newly found loyalty puts past brotherhood in jeopardy. Shot with a bit more elegance, professionalism (most of the movie is synch sound) and humour (primarily through Anthony's hilarious performance as the scruffy looking Tai Fei), the script also talks of politics merging with the triads. But when all is said and done, nothing is really clever, original or gripping. The veterans bring that comforting presence (Spencer Lam again as the priest hovering around the gang) but you sometimes wonder why this saga played SO well with audiences when even the stars don't really bring immense star power. Ekin and company show chemistry at points but they're present because they're hired to be essentially and effort ends there. When Andrew Lau also re-stages a variation of the A Better Tomorrow restaurant shootout, matters become really embarrassing too. Tolerable to watch but very stale and quiet compared to the first that offered up some compelling darkness and primal violence at points at least. Michael Tse, Gigi Lai, Jerry Lam and Simon Yam return while Blacky Ko and Moses Chan also appear.

Young And Dangerous 3 (1997) Directed by: Andrew Lau

Precious little is tense, pulse pounding or emotionally rich (despite several emotional tugs) as Andrew Lau takes us for a third go with the boys and men of the Hung Hing triad society, this time versus a ruthless Roy Cheung on the side of the Tung Sing. In the ongoing soap opera, Chan Ho-Nam's (Ekin Cheng) girlfriend Smartie (Gigi Lai) is recovering from the attempt on her life and Spencer Lam's priest tries to be a good father for his daughter (series debut for Karen Mok). Add a Holland location shoot, unimpressive violence and some of us are continually scratching our heads why audiences came out in droves for this entry and the series in general. Spencer Lam remains an excellent veteran presence however and gradually adds layers of character movie by movie but as buff and intimidating partially Roy Cheung is, being playful in his evil ways reduces any gasp-factor the filmmakers wanted out of the character. Also with Jerry Lamb, Jordan Chan, Michael Tse, Frankie Ng (playing a new character), Anthony Wong, Simon Yam, Blackie Ko and Michael Chan.

The Young Avenger (1980, Wilson Tong)

A goofy, grave-robbing gambler (Wong Yue) gets a ghost on his hands and is asked to track down men that did the ghost wrong. Specifically involving a gold-escort that was robbed, the supernatural angle at least makes the kung-fu comedy template somewhat different for 90 minutes. But Wilson Tong mostly lets the broad nature and banter lazily occupy the frame. Meaning this is yet another poor showcase comedically for Wong Yue who is inhabiting a character-type popularized and performed in a better way by Jackie Chan. However the last third of almost constant kung-fu is nigh on terrific, with our lead getting into multiple and hugely intricate fights with Norman Tsui, Wilson Tong etc. It's possibly the best kung-fu showcase for Wong Yue and it works because at that point he's detached from his comedic persona. The score is largely lifted from Sergio Leone's Duck, You Sucker!

The Young Avengeress (1969) Directed by: Wong Cheung-Hon

In need of rescuing her sisters who's been kidnapped by evil General Chi (Ma Kei), the 13th sister Yu Feng (Ting Ying) is eventually successful in that regard. Crossing paths with scholar An Chi (An Ping) who's carrying a large amount of money meant for the General as bail for his wrongly accused father Yu Feng, An Chi and the rest of the sisters now team up to firmly take down the general as he's committed more heinous acts towards the large family than just kidnapping...

Grating extensively with unfunny comedy and poor hand to hand combat at first, The Young Avengeress does keep it simple plot-wise and eventually delivers some above average excitement. Shooting exciting swordplay scenes (and weapons is a key for the action to work in this one) coupled with a few gory deaths, it's watchable standards. Playing an evil swordsman in white make-up, Su Chen-Ping stands out amongst the cast.

Young Cops (1985) Directed by: Yau Ga-Hung

Future megastars Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Anita Mui are the most memorable thing about the instant forgettable comedy that Young Cops is. And yet they're not even photogenic or particularly funny, just better looking and charismatic automatically based on who they were to become. A police comedy focusing little on being the police so perhaps there's a hidden message in the perhaps appropriately chosen English title? Not really as it turns out because we get unscripted 80s nonsense, comedic vignettes if you will with the only thread being that the shenanigans are performed by the young police. When the main characters all fall in love, an action concept that puts love slightly on the line is crudely inserted at the end to make matters totally unbearable. Writers Tsang Kan-Cheung and Wai Ka-Fai went on to better things working with Stephen Chow and Milkyway respectively. Dicky Cheung co-stars and is bearable compared to the antics in Future Cops and many other sins in cinema. Future ace director Samson Chiu plays a raving maniac.

The Young Dragons (1975) Directed by: John Woo

Reportedly made independently in 1973 as well as suffering censor cuts, The Young Dragons collected dust until Golden Harvest stepped in in 1975 to release it and therefore John Woo's feature debut eventually got to say that here's a director with ideas. Ideas about style and themes he picked up by working with master Chang Cheh but he's not able to put inspiration to full use. It was to come but the very non-distinctive plot with Henry Yung as a robber of ammunition belonging to the rich feels very sketchy. A fact made even more apparent because it clearly doesn't want to be. Truth be told there are mature passages that approaches semi-decent considering the genre output not trying on that wardrobe always but the character-comrade between Yung and Lau Kong that very much is an integral part comes to fruition only to the point where we can say to ourselves that it was to become very much better. Soon even as Last Hurrah For Chivalry came to be Woo's finest martial arts movie. The co-directed Jackie Chan action stands out very little aside from an energetic end that is helped along by Fung Hark-On's vicious presence. Woo cameos towards the end while Dean Shek, Chin Yuet-Sang, Tanny Tien, Hu Chin and Mars can be spotted in various capacities.

Young Lovers On Flying Wheels (1974) Directed by: Ti Lung

The directorial debut of Ti Lung, he stars as Song Da who's willing to cast aside his skill in martial arts for the thrill of the bike. Striving for biker cool and trying to find love without a disapproving father in the way, along the way we also see Song get intro troubles with loan sharks, lose his bike and sanity etc. Going through a lot of beats and certainly being charismatic enough in the role, nothing in Ti Lung's frame is particularly noteworthy. There's a certain joy watching the naive adult go through depression, joy and at one point the movie goes unexpectedly dark when the loan shark takes blood from Song Da but ultimately Young Lovers On Flying Wheels is a rather mundane, standard story with no directing nor star flair. Also with Dean Shek and Ching Ho-Wai.

Young People (1972) Directed by: Chang Cheh

So what are youths up to according to the world of Chang Cheh, Shaw Brothers and regular kung-fu cast members David Chiang, Ti Lung and Chen Kuan-Tai? Well, for 2 hours they sing, dance, fight, play basket, race, sing and dance again. The overlong modern day movie from Chang Cheh shouldn't turn heads nor will be remembered as a classic but acts as a decent break from the norm where no weapons, big sets, battles or blood is shed. Featuring singer Agnes Chan as a girl trying out for the sing- and dance portion of the school these mid 20s youths go go, we're fooled into believing we're witnessing a free for all musical during her delightful songs but no rules really exist here nor plots. It all eventually becomes about the all round superb David Chiang who can drum, fight, race and teaches everybody to be friends. It's fun seeing Chang Cheh's filmmaking techniques STILL being present but these few scenarios of the basketball game and race go on for way too long (which is an understatement). It's fun seeing the choreography that can occur within these but Lau Kar-Wing and Tong Gai experiment very poorly in undercranking. The delight might've stayed longer if we weren't made to wait for so long in between. Also with Irene Chen and Wu Ma.

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Young Policemen In Love (1995) Directed by: Chu Yen-Ping

After a while with either Wong Jing or Chu Yen-Ping movies rolling in front of you, you concoct this image in your head of green-faced witches with nose warts throwing nasty ingredients into their evil brew of whatever. Only these two work with movies in that regard. Despite, they exhibit quite striking differences. With Wong on the producing end of this xerox of Fight Back To School and a whole host of other spices from flicks of the era, Gimmick (Takeshi Kaneshiro) and Garlic (Nicky Wu) are the two cops that go undercover at the, in this case, the Wong Fei Hung school where they're scheduled to protect the daughter (Charlie Yeong) of a wealthy Mainlander...

Flimsy is a keyword here and Chu Yen-Ping occupies himself with lots not overly connected to his main plot. Some bloodpacks left over from Requital are put to use here in gunplay amongst doves (much less of a parody and too much of a lazy John Woo emulation), a fight scene utilizes a bit too much glass to feel original (i.e. echoes of the Police Story finale) while the two cops exhibit cocky and shallow traits where expensive watches are a main concern. Very sympathetic. There's of course also friction between the friends that will lead to an emotional pay off in the en...not really, no. These tangents are spur of the moments kind of a thing for Wong Jing and Chu and it's a wonder a whole feature resembling even minute coherence was put together from it. The leads aren't particularly memorable, with Nicky Wu's garlic eating meaning a kind of Popeye effect for his character and Takeshi Kaneshiro just plainly coming off as bad in the comedy stakes. When things turn surreal and really wacky in the scenes at the Wong Fei Hung school, where you get punished by the No Shadow Kick for instance, it starts to feel a little like good ol' Chu Yen-Ping days of the 80s where he echoed/ripped off things he liked to sincere and crazy effect. Here he just proves he can make an unbearable film that is 1000% more bearable than when Wong Jing is treading similar territory (see the ultimate example Future Cops). Wong Yat-Fei also appear.

The Young Rebel (1975, Ti Lung)

Ti Lung's second and to date last movie as director IS predictable but definitely more assured. Escaping the trap of Chang Cheh's youth-movies by depicting David Chiang much closer to adulthood, it still all goes to hell. His character Xiang Rong loses his father in a traffic accident, grows resentment and disdain for authority and eventually ends up being exploited in the criminal world. Downwards spiral here we go. While on the nose, Ti Lung reels in some of the melodrama and gets a bit more sincerity out of the common template. It isn't very close to being affecting but is effective in a minor way dramatically and when violence takes centerstage. It isn't the turn around for this kind of movie at Shaw Brothers as they never really did it well in the first place but a nice change of pace compared to Chang Cheh's odd and disjointed tales in the same vein, with the same stars. Also with Simon Yuen, Lo Dik and supporting/action-appearances by Ti Lung himself, Lee Hoi-San, Eddy Ko, Lau Kar-Wing (also one of three action directors on the film) and even Sammo Hung.

Young Taoism Fighter (1986, Chen Chi-Hwa)

Even though not comedic geniuses, if there ever was a group of collaborators that could make kung fu comedy tolerable, it would be Yuen Woo-Ping and his various brothers. Coupled with a technical skill in making lighthearted and sometimes weird shenanigans energetic on screen, trust factor is greater when something stamped 'By The Yuen Clan'. With Young Taoism Fighter, despite its incoherency and even lack of focus, said statements apply. There's low humour where characters fall into poo and Yuen Yat-Chor is a typically naughty kung fu student. But when combining this cranked comedy-factor with supernatural content, a lot of entertainment factor comes out of the movie. Seeing Yuen battle his shadow (in a scene reminiscent of Army Of Darkness), making dough fly, turtles dance and battle resurrected corpses makes for a fun viewing recipe. As the battle versus Master Tien Wu draws near, Yuen and Hilda Lau engage in quality kung fu and even weapons choreography but it's the mad sights that stay with you. Such as Yuen using his severed limbs to his advantage, losing his head but eventually getting it put into its right place again.

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