門徒 (Moon to) a.k.a. Protégé

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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One Response to 門徒 (Moon to) a.k.a. Protégé

  1. Pathomdanai says:

    The movie is well developed. At first, I don\’t think that Goo, once a dark tall & handsome actor, 
    would portray that role this good. It\’s quite a flip. Daniel played better than his recent movies.
    But, all in all, drug-addicted woman\’s performance is great.
     
    For Elephant, all countries relate to the name "Golden Triangle" have elephants as vehicle in common.
    Just Thailand raises the Elephant, somehow, like one of the national icons. This may lead to the wrong
    interpretation for the foreigners. I heard in the film that there were some sentences cited like there\’re
    no drug production in the territory of Thailand, but only the scene crossing river may not well represent
    that that river\’s name is "Mekong" or else (whereas there are many signs showing the direction to go to
    many places in Thailand eg. Mae Sai). It left as a blame for the neighboring countries, but did not mention
    which one.
     
    Anyway, it could be a general perception that all countries in the world have drug businesses. It is, really.
    Only "awareness" of demand and supply, and the bottomlines of "awareness" to control the demand and
    supply. The character of the little girl signifies something. And yes, the sentences that drug-lord mentioned
    about the drug addicted persons to choose the "choices" also signify something.
     
    Yes, the main character Daniel played also signifies something at the end.
     
    What are those somethings? Anyway…
     
     
           

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