門徒 (Moon to) a.k.a. Protégé

9 May 2007
This Hong Kong crime movie tells a story of an undercover cop who spent almost all his career working (as a spy) with the top heroin dealers in Hong Kong, gaining his trust to be the drug lord’s successor while trying to bring down this devil drug organization. On the personal side, the undercover cop befriended with his neighbor, a poor drug-addicted young single mother of a cute little girl, who was a victim of her drug-addicted husband whom she ran away from. Everyone plays a part in this drug business, gaining something or losing something.

The film is directed and written by Derek Yee Tung Sing with a star-studded cast of Andy Lau Tak Wah (as a drug lord), Daniel Wu Yin Cho (as an undercover cop) and Louis Koo Tin Lok (as a bad drug-addicted husband.) The story of drug trafficking is well portrayed in this movie, thanks to an excellent research by the writer/director. Even though the plot is not new, the audiences could enjoy the way the story is told and developed, with some classic car chasing and cop action scenes of Hong Kongian trademark. The performance by the cast is fine, especially the new-comer Zhang Jing Chu whose role as a drug-addicted woman represented perfectly the innocent victim of heroin.

All in all, it’s another good Hong Kong movie with good intention message. No matter how they say, drug is bad and people should avoid it at all cost.

4 Stars out of 5, recommend to Chinese movie-lover. You won’t be disappointed with this film.
P.S. A part of the movie was filmed in Thailand. Even though, it didn’t mention in the film, we could imply that there are opium fields and heroin factory in the Northern part Thailand (as a part of the "Golden Triangle") It’s sad but true that foreigners looked at Thailand this way. I also would like to point out, and this is not related directly to the story, that elephants were featured in the film somehow represent the idea of foreigners looking at Thailand. There are other choices of transport, why elephants???
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